Guidance Counselor Resource links:

Practice Guides / from the ies what works clearinghouse
Practice guides provide practical recommendations for educators to help them address the everyday challenges they face in their classrooms and schools. Developed by a panel of nationally recognized experts, practice guides consist of actionable recommendations, strategies for overcoming potential roadblocks, and an indication of the strength of evidence supporting each recommendation.

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.

Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) – Founded in 1979, the nonprofit creates educational tools and innovative programs to empower faculty and prepare students for greater success in careers and higher education.

Center on Education and Work – Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the center assists educators and career development practitioners with program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, professional development training and resources.

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce – A nonprofit research and policy institute studying the link between education, career qualifications and workforce demands.

NJ Department of Education-Office of Career and Technical Education – Provides leadership for the state’s career and technical education system and administers the funding provided under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education – Administers and coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education and community colleges.

States’ Career Cluster Initiative (SCCI) – Established by NASDCTEC, SCCI provides research, products, services and technical assistance for implementation of the States’ Career Clusters framework.

The New Jersey Chapter of DECA, the Career and Technical Student Organization for marketing students, complements the class and work experiences by allowing students to develop practical presentation, decision making and leadership skills. Work-based learning experiences, including Cooperative Education, are strongly encouraged to add relevancy to classroom instruction.

Structured Learning Experiences - Information, training and forms for implementing SLE in New Jersey schools.

Career Exploration - Department of Education links for career exploration.

The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator ( is an Internet-based delivery system for accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey and local labor market data and projections.NJCAN also includes information on:

  • Job interview preparation
  • Resume and cover letter creation
  • How to keep a job
  • Self-employment
  • Military occupations

NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components.



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.

The Federal Student Aid Gateway—is an excellent source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance—from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. This web site strives to make your quest for financial aid information easier, because their goal is to support your success. So start here and remember to click on to explore the college process.

(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.

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