Parents, Counselors, and Community

Why is a parent’s help important?

Parents know their children better than anyone else, and are invested in helping them make the education and career plans that will suit them. And despite what you might think in the midst of a heated discussion about what their friends get to do, research shows that parents have the greatest influence on their child’s career and education choices.

Helpful Links:

NJ Next Stop is a state site sponsored to help NJ teens, parents, and counselors learn more about career interests, career options, and the world of work.  It also provides information about industries, occupations and skills that are in demand in New Jersey.

Career One Stop – Discover what industries are in demand, have the largest employment, are experiencing declining employment, pay the most, or what industry sector has the largest employment over a three-year period.

FAFSA – Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school.
Federal Student Aid partners with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.

New Jersey Programs

Inventory of Programs offered at New Jersey 2-Year Institutions of Higher Education: This document reclassifies programs currently offered at 2-year community colleges in New Jersey to prepare students for occupations within career pathways of the 16 career clusters identified by the “States’ Career Cluster Initiative” ( ).

Inventory of Programs offered at New Jersey 4-Year Institutions of Higher Education: This document may also be helpful to students and parents in locating four-year universities and colleges in New Jersey that offer programs fulfilling students’ career aspirations.

Connecting High School to College and Career

  • Career and Technical Education has Career Pathways that make it easier for your son or daughter to understand the relevance of required courses and help them choose elective courses more wisely.
  • CTE Pathways show your child a direct connection between doing well in high school and being able to transition smoothly to postsecondary opportunities or getting a good job after graduation.
  • CTE Pathways equip students with the technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for future employment and/or successful transition to post-secondary education.
  • By focusing on a CTE Pathway students acquire the skills necessary for entry into a career with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.
  • Each CTE Pathway features career exploration and Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities connected to your career interest area.
  • Over one-third of all available CTE Pathway courses offer concurrent enrollment credit. This gives your child the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, saving time and money, putting your child on the fast-track to earning an industry license or associate degree.
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