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Guidance Counselor Resources

Academic Standards for Career Education and Work -  Career Education and Work Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at four grade levels (3, 5, 8 and 11) in four areas:

  • 13.1 Career Awareness and Preparation
  • 13.2 Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
  • 13.3 Career Retention and Advancement
  • 13.4 Entrepreneurship

Tools for Developing a Comprehensive K-12 Guidance & Counseling Plan(PDF)  - These tools were developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for use by all school districts in Pennsylvania. A committee of school counselors met and developed these tools as a companion guide for practical implementation of a comprehensive K-12 school counseling / guidance plan. This document provides school district counselors with a step-by-step process, a framework, resources and best practice models for developing their district plan. In Pennsylvania, school counselors are integral in the academic, career and personal/social development of all PreK-12 students in the Commonwealth.

Online Curriculum Resources

Pennsylvania Career Standards is a comprehensive web site specifically designed with many curriculum resources for school teachers, school counselors and administrators in teaching and implementing the academic standards for career education and work. The resources are user friendly and cover the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Pennsylvania CareerZone is a web site specifically designed to convey a wide variety of career and labor market information for teaching and exploring purposes. There are some 900 careers to explore with video clips and linkage to the US labor market information site known as ‘O Net. The website is a collaborative initiative of the Pennsylvania Departments of Labor & Industry and Education; and targets all students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Career Resource Links

A listing of postsecondary schools including business, trade and technical schools, colleges, and universities

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
An interactive guide listing over 5,000 colleges and universities worldwide

Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
Braintrack University Index lists over 6600 links to higher education institutions in 170 countries
Comprehensive website for PA students planning to attend college; covers financial aid, career center, school selection
American Education Services - Free career information
Lists colleges and universities in the US and provides Web links
Ohio Career Information System
PA Career Guide and Teacher's Resource booklet (click on Products)
PA Career Zone
PA Disability Services
PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
PA School Counselor Association (PSCA)
PA Tool Kit Career Education and Work Standards
Parent Guide for Career Information (click on PTA Programs, click on 'more' under Programs, click on 'more' under 'PTA Goes to Work,' click on 'more' under 'Parent Guide,' and download )
Provides facts and figures on schools in addition to Web links for American schools
The 'Real Game' series (Games for every grade level (grade 3-adult), teaching career exploration/research, work skills, and character building. Call 1-800-700-8940 to order games and facilitator's kit or call 722-461-4164 (Ethel Keeley or for on-line training.)
Virginia Career Information System
Vocational Education Center
Workforce Information and Analysis -- Keyword: Labor Market Information
The US Department of Labor, in cooperation with state and local governments, education/training providers, and the business community, has developed America's Career OneStop. Career OneStop is comprised of four websites and a toll-free Help Line:
America's Career InfoNet
America's Job Bank (AJB)
Career OneStop
National Toll-Free Help Line  877-US-2JOBS
Teaching Careers and Degree Information

For additional information, please contact:

Charles Sabulski | State Administrator for Career Counseling Services
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Career and Technical Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6991 | Fax: 717.783.6672 | TTY: 717.783.8445 |