Ensure that your students understand careers they may not even have heard of yet.

Throughout a student’s education, Texas has tasked educators with guiding them through college options. Texas OnCourse has made it easier than ever to meet requirements and provide students with the knowledge necessary to reach their dreams. These tools will help educators explore hundreds of jobs with students as young as seventh grade.

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Meet career exploration TEKS.

Our career exploration game, MiddleGalaxy, is a fun way for middle schoolers to learn about career paths. An accompanying curriculum guide comes with lesson plans to make it easy to use in class.

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Make the most of career assessments.

So far, students probably know about the jobs they’ve seen people do. Help them broaden their horizons. All Texas educators have free access to the Texas OnCourse Academy so they can understand which career assessments can help and how. Educators can also use the resources listed here to access tests and tools.

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Understand labor market information.

You’re helping students navigate an unknown future. They may not understand that some jobs will grow in the next decade while others will become less important. Train educators to use labor market information in class and access tools for students to interact with.

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Access cold, hard facts about money.

Students may not understand how their chosen job will impact their future lifestyle. Tools like those from our partners at the Texas Workforce Commission enable students to learn about career choices that meet their financial needs.

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Choose your endorsement!

All Resources for Jobs and Careers

Middle School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

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My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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High School Endorsements: The Basics
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What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

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Announcing Release of New Middle School College & Career Resources
LESSONS AND CURRICULUM

Texas OnCourse is excited to announce the release of key resources to prepare middle school students for college and career decisions: our Curriculum Guide, and career exploration game MiddleGalaxy.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

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The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

Swirling galaxies with MiddleGalaxy logo
Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

Texas OnCourse logo
MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Texas OnCourse Curriculum Guide
LESSONS AND CURRICULUM

This guide includes lesson plans aligned to TEKS for college and career readiness and investigating careers. 

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Early High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
What are the endorsement choices of 9th graders enrolled in Texas Schools in 2015-16?
REPORT

Texas OnCourse has published a new data note highlighting the differences in how various demographic groups select their high school endorsements.

Report showing percentage of ninth graders pursuing endorsements by gender
My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

Icon of lightbulb surrounded by smaller icons of calculators, beakers, atoms and graphs
College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
REPORT

If Texas colleges want to boost attainment and college completion rates, we need a clear picture of how students are actually applying to college. This inaugural Texas OnCourse Data Note investigates how university application rates vary according to race and ethnicity.

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
When and Why to Take the TSIA
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The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

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Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

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Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

Swirling galaxies with MiddleGalaxy logo
Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

Texas OnCourse logo
MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

MapMyGrad lightning bolt logo
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

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GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors

Late High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
Starting the Conversation: Financial Aid Award Letters
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As we leave 2018 FAFSA priority deadlines behind us, students are checking their portals and mailboxes for their financial aid award letters. As they gear up to make big decisions about their financial and educational future, here are a series of helpful terms and questions to help guide students through their award letters.

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My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

Icon of lightbulb surrounded by smaller icons of calculators, beakers, atoms and graphs
Financial Aid Timeline
BLOG

The FAFSA has now been open since October 1, so as the March 15 deadline roles closer, students may be wondering what their next steps are.

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The Basics: Scholarship Applications
BLOG

Starting the scholarship process can be overwhelming for students! Here, we’ve organized our tips into four simple steps to get students started on their application process, with downloadable resources for students, parents, and educators.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
REPORT

If Texas colleges want to boost attainment and college completion rates, we need a clear picture of how students are actually applying to college. This inaugural Texas OnCourse Data Note investigates how university application rates vary according to race and ethnicity.

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
When and Why to Take the TSIA
BLOG

The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

Woman's hands working at laptop
Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

Text - help students understand the national merit scholarship
Access Additional College Scholarship Funds with CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
BLOG

In October, many college counselors and advisers are heads-down focused on helping students with FAFSA and TASFA applications. However, did you know students and families may qualify for additional financial aid through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application? This application is used by 300+ colleges and scholarship providers and, like the SAT, is administered by the College Board.

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Navigating the Many College Application Systems
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The various college application systems each have unique characteristics that that can make it hard for even the most seasoned counselor to quickly and easily remember specific details. Fortunately, Texas OnCourse has put together a one page resource you can hang in your classroom to make it easy to remember.

Text: Apply Texas, Common App, Coalition App, Universal App
Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
Common App: 3 Things to Know
BLOG

While the Common App makes it easier to apply to many colleges, including most Ivy League schools and many private colleges across the nation, that doesn’t make the college application process simple. Here are 3 top tips for students as well as for counselors, parents and guardians using the Common App.

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Best Practices: FAFSA Resources
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Among young people who did not finish college, nearly seven in 10 have no idea what FAFSA is, according to a 2011 survey. This not only undercuts their ability to pay for, and complete, college. It also makes them vulnerable to scamming and other malicious acts.

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Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

Texas OnCourse logo
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

Woman and man reading smart phone, labeled lifestyle calculator
GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Texas Internship Challenge
JOBS AND CAREERS

High schoolers explore careers and gain real-world experience in order to become more workforce ready. Employers also take the challenge.

Screenshot: Icons of students applying for internship, internship search bar
Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors
Texas Genuine
JOBS AND CAREERS | COLLEGE PLANNING

Texas Genuine enables students to explore future careers and take an assessment to understand their skills and interests. Students can use that information to explore college programs.

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Texas Wages
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Help students explore the difference between future careers and how much they pay with this simple tool from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Screenshot: Homepage with road sign and images to go to pages on wage by development area or metropolitan area.
AutoCoder
JOBS AND CAREERS

This resource helps students quickly locate O*Net codes, used to find more information on specific occupations, by simply typing in keywords or phrases.

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TWC Help Wanted Online
JOBS AND CAREERS

This resource from the Texas Workforce Commission enables students to look at available jobs and explore technical education options.

Screenshot: Map of Texas with region highlighted, titled Help Wanted Online
My Next Move
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

In this resource from the US Department of Labor, explore the skills, education, and even the personality traits necessary for various careers.

Screenshot: My Next Move Homepage. Buttons to search for careers, browse careers by energy or share interests