Local students now have a direct portal to view career options online. State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson unveiled the new California Career Center web portal to help middle school and high school students explore their options and plan their next steps toward productive careers.
CalCC is a free website that serves as a tool guide to help students map out their future by looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, and the military or other options. The website is also used as a resource for counselors, teachers, and parents who are interested in developing the career self-management skills.
“Studies show that helping students connect their schoolwork to their future in the workforce helps keep them on track and headed for success,” said Torlakson. “The California Career Center Web portal gives students, parents, and teachers a one-stop shop to help demystify the process of moving from the classroom to careers.”
There are a number of links that students can use to match their specific interests. Under the “Career Options” link, users can match their interests and skills with potential careers. The “Education & Training” link tells users what education or training is needed for certain careers. The website also offers tips on job searching, internships, resume writing, and job interviews.
Research shows that high school students who participate in career exploration programs are more likely to take Advanced Placement examinations, graduate from high school, and go to college.
The web portal can be found at www. calcareercenter.org/