Students

RESOURCES FOR LIFE

The resources in this section will provide direct links to the websites described. The sites are divided into 8 sections. To quickly reach the section you are most interested in searching, click on the categories below:

High School Graduation Requirements

Certificate of Academic Achievement: http://www.k12.wa.us/graduationrequirements/default.aspx

Career Exploration

U.S. News -- Best Careers    [ http://www.usnews.com/money/careers/ ]

O*NET Online [ http://online.onetcenter.org ]
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a comprehensive database of occupational information, worker attributes and job characteristics.

Workforce Explorer – Washington [ http://www.workforceexplorer.com ]
Site contains useful economic information to help you make informed decisions about career options in Washington State. The site contains a Career Center to help job seekers find jobs based on occupational information and skills (over 800 occupations are listed). The site also provides current labor market information by local area and for Washington State. A unique feature is My Web Explorer which provides you with a ‘personal’ web page so you can save your search results.

Vocational Information Center [ http://www.khake.com ]
Explore vocational and technical careers, check out the skills employers really want, find a trade school, research technical topics and take a look at the current job market with the Vocational Information Center. Doesn’t look “spiffy” on front page but highly interactive site with lots of good information.

Occupational Outlook Quarterly: Job Outlook by Education 2006-1016 [ http://stats.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm ]
It is projected that employment will grow to 20 million over the next decade. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics has developed projections of occupational employment and industry employment for the workforce. A special issue of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly contains five sections that focus on trends that will help policymakers in mapping activities around career counseling and career choice, training and education planning and policymaking and planning. There is also an introductory section on employment projections.

Washington Healthcare Careers.com [ http://www.wahcc.com ]
Considering a health care career? Washington Healthcare Careers has all the health care career information that you need to get an intensive care job, RN job, ICU job, Occupational Therapist, nursing job and critical care job. This is your "One Stop Shopping" page for Healthcare Careers!

Guide to Healthcare Careers for Northwest Washington [ http://www.healthcarework.info ]
This website was developed by the Northwest Alliance for Health Care Skills in partnership with Northwest Workforce Development Council—Youth Council. The website provides information in the form of Occupation Reports covering a selected representation of career opportunities available in the health care sector. Students can use this information to help them make an informed choice about health care-related careers. The site provides information about employers, fastest growing career sectors, employment opportunities and even includes a Financial Aid Planner.

BLS Career Information [ http://www.bls.gov/k12 ]
U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics developed this site. Web site provides introductory career information for students in grades 4-8. Wording and labor market concepts have been simplified and some statistical detail has been eliminated. Occupations are categorized according to interests and hobbies common among students.

Career Builder [ http://careerbuilder.com ]
A job search website. Site can search by job category, city/state, keywords, company, industry or even international jobs. Site is also available “en Espanol.” Resumes can be posted. Also provides advice about career searches.

Monster Career Advice [ http://monster.com ]
A job search website. Click on “Get Career Advice” for helpful tips on finding a job, networking techniques, interviewing strategies, resume tips and salary/benefits information.


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Apprenticeship Training

WA State Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Site provides an overview about apprenticeship programs in Washington State.

Military Careers

Each site below provides information about a variety of career options associated with the military.

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Education Planning

Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) [ http://www.k12.wa.us ]
Site provides a variety of resources for educators, students and parents in regards to K-12 education in Washington State.

College Scholarships [ http://www.collegescholarships.org/blog/2012/10/09/information-for-students-with-disabilities/ ]
Site provides information about scholarships, grants, and student loans as well as a database of scholarships. The site has helpful advice for students with disabilities.

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges [ http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu ]
Site provides a variety of resources for educators, students and parents in regards to the community and technical college system in Washington State.

Check Out a College [ http://www.checkoutacollege.com ] Discover your career interests, explore your education options, and find the Washington state community or technical college that best meets your goals. It's all right here for you.

Washington Colleges and Universities [ http://www.access.wa.gov ]

MyMajors.com [ http://mymajors.com ]
A website that takes students through a question process helping them focus on their educational goals. It starts with the basics: the student’s grade-point average, SAT scores and track record in more than a dozen high school courses, from art to physics. It provides sample fields of study and asks which sound interesting and which are turnoffs. And it asks what sort of activities the student likes. In 15 minutes or so, the survey is complete and the site provides information about six majors for the college-bound student to consider with plenty of helpful links to explore future careers.

College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics) [ http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator ]
Navigating the information maze about colleges and training programs is now easier with the Dept. of Educations new website. The site offers direct information on more than 9,000 U.S. colleges, universities and career schools. COOL can help students become better, more informed consumers when choosing the college or training program that’s right for them.

Mapping Your Future [ http://mapping-your-future.org ]
One stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning. The site is also available “en Espanol.”

College Express [ http://collegexpress.com ]
CollegeXpress was first developed as the online counterpart to Private Colleges and Universities (PC&U) magazine. The magazine (and website) provides college-bound students with helpful information about the college admissions process related to private institutions of higher education.

The College Board [ http://www.collegeboard.com ]
Explore over 3,500 schools. Information about the SAT, preparation practice questions, and registration information. Site provides sections for parents, students and educators.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities [ http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html ]
Financial aid is available to help students and their families pay for or supplement payment of educational expenses after high school. Common forms of financial aid include grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. Students with disabilities may also be eligible for disability-related federal and state programs that offer financial support. Many students use a combination of these financial aid resources.

FinAid – The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid [ http://finaid.com ]
FinAid is a public service website. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site. It’s comprehensive, it’s informative, it’s objective.

FastWeb [ http://www.fastweb.com ]
This site is a Financial Aid Search resource tool. Also provides a free college search option. The site was developed by Monster Company.

Financial Aid for Minority Students [ http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/minority/ ]
A scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) [ http://www.uncf.org ]
The UNCF is the nation’s largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization.

Scholarships.com [ http://www.scholarships.com ]
Free college scholarship search service and financial aid information resource on the internet. Can create a personal profile and matching search engine presents you with complete and accurate information on the most relevant, attainable college scholarship awards.

Sallie Mae [ http://www.salliemae.com ]




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Teen Workers

WA Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) [ http://www.wa.gov/lni ]
Site contains information regarding various services L & I provides including employment standards and occupational health and safety regulations.

Job Safety for Youth [http://www.lni.wa.gov/workplacerights/teenworkers/jobsafety/safetyresources/ ]
The Department of Labor and Industries has an excellent Teen Worker web page that contains a variety of informational resources about hiring teens who are minors and keeping them safe in the workplace. There is also a new section with Youth Safety Resources (see bottom of Teen Worker page) with various subject areas addressed, such as Construction, Agriculture, Noise Exposure, Ergonomics, etc.

Youth Rules [ http://youthrules.dol.gov ]
This site was developed by the Department of Labor and to consolidate materials and corresponding Federal and State rules regarding youth employment. The website contains a wide variety of information sheets/publications written to meet the needs of employers, students, parents and educators.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) [ http://www.osha.gov ]
OSHA’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – Dept. of Health & Human Services [ http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html ]
NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries -- safety and health at work through research and prevention. Site contains multiple services and links to other related websites.

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