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Career Education Resources



Associations/Organizations

ACTEonline (Association for Career and Technical Education)
ACTE helps prepare youth and adults for successful careers. This website includes links to career and technical education sites, information on high demand occupations and legislative alerts on education funding. Sample lesson plans are available in The Educator Resource Center.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.acteonline.org
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Headquartered at the University of Minnesota, NCSET works with educators, community professionals, employers and families to support youth with disabilities in their education and transition needs. The NCSET website offers national, state and local assistance and planning information for secondary and post-secondary education, employment and independent living.
Grades: 9 - 12
http://www.ncset.org
National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) works to improve career and technical education (CTE) in the U.S. by developing and distributing scientifically based information. It provides technical assistance and professional development for CTE practitioners in secondary and post-secondary education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Grades: 9 - 12
http://www.nrccte.org

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Careers: Exploring Careers
This is a selected list of books and internet resources for teaching about careers in the primary grades through grade 8.
Grades: 1 - 8
http://cms.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/136080.pdf

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

ACTEonline (Association for Career and Technical Education)
ACTE helps prepare youth and adults for successful careers. This website includes links to career and technical education sites, information on high demand occupations and legislative alerts on education funding. Sample lesson plans are available in The Educator Resource Center.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.acteonline.org
Building Big
Explore construction by type of structure, try labs and challenges and read biographical sketches of people working in a variety of engineering careers. Educators Guide suggests activities and additional resources.
Grades: 5 - 10
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/
Bureau of Labor Statistics: K12
This US government agency introduces career information for elementary students. Student Resources organizes jobs by "What are you interested in?" Information provides include What these workers do, What the job is like, Preparing for the job, The future, Pay, Similar jobs, and Where to look for more information. The Teacher's Desk suggests activities and additional resources.
Grades: 3 - 8
http://www.bls.gov/k12/
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
The Gateway was developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Now supported by the National Education Association, the Gateway provides access to the lesson plans and other teaching resources from over 750 organizations. All are evaluated for authoritativeness, quality, and availability.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.thegateway.org/
The Fun Works
Choose between multimedia and text only formats for this website about careers. Links to information and activities about many different careers. A Teachers only section includes links to lesson plans and teaching activities. Sponsored by the Education Development Center, a global non-profit organization. For students in grades 6-12.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://thefunworks.edc.org
Vocational Information Center--Educators
Former teacher Kathryn Hake maintains this extensive collection of links to resources about careers. She includes links to lesson plans, curriculum and worksheets, as well as links to information about careers. For K-12.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.khake.com/page6.html

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Other Resources

Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE)
CETE from Ohio State University focuses on the issues of workforce development, including public policy, lifelong education and career education. Its website includes lists of related publications and projects.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.cete.org
Education World: Vocational Education Center
Like other sections of Education World's website, this provides original content by and for educators, as well as links to vocational web sites, including vocational schools and related resources.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.educationworld.com/vocational/
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists occupations, their duties, earnings, work conditions, job prospects, and the education and training needed to enter the field. Published every two years by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, this handbook is searchable by occupation and broad areas of interest.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Women @ NASA
Women@NASA is a collection of videos and essays from women who have worked at NASA in a variety of capacities. Many overcame tremendous obstacles in order to pursue their dreams. This website was developed to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Grades: 5 - 12
http://women.nasa.gov/

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