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Taking the next step. Planning for your future. What is the next step?. Career Military Community College or College. Preparing for a career. Interest Inventories and Career Exploration Tools Class selections and certifications Job Shadowing Career Fair.

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Taking the next step

Planning for your future

What is the next step?

  • Career

  • Military

  • Community College or College

Preparing for a career

  • Interest Inventories and Career Exploration Tools

  • Class selections and certifications

  • Job Shadowing

  • Career Fair

Interest Inventories and Career Exploration Tools

  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program

    • IT’S FREE

    • Aptitude Test

      • Measures General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension

    • Self Assessment

    • Career Exploration Tools

Interest Inventories and Career Exploration Tools

  • EXPLORE – 8th grade, PLAN – 10th grade, ACT – 11th grade

    • World of Work Map

      • Students complete an interest inventory

      • Each score report provides suggestions of career interests

  • College Foundation of North Carolina

    • www.cfnc.org

Harnett County SchoolsCareer & Technical Education

  • Serve 10,055 students in grades 6-12 (duplicated count)

    2011-2012 School Year:

  • CTE Concentrator Graduation Rate 89.4%

  • 83.8% of CTE Concentrators graduated and are currently enrolled in post-secondary education, advance training, military, or employed.

CTE Career Clusters

  • Allison could we link to the career clusters document. (2 links)

Credentials/CertificatesIn the 2011-2012 school year 1,625 credentials were awarded across the district.

  • ASE Brakes

  • ASE Electrical

  • CPR Certificate

  • Microsoft Access

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Power Point

  • Microsoft Word

  • NCCER Core

  • Nurse Aide

  • OSHA Safety

  • Serv Safe

WorkKeys Assessments

Assess the Workforce

WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” workplace skills critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation—skilled or professional—at any level of education, and in any industry.

More than 10 million WorkKeys assessments have been administered.


Certify abilities

The National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential workplace skills and is a reliable predictor of workplace success.


Certify abilities

The NCRC™ is a credential that is:

  • Evidence-based

  • Industry-recognized

  • Portable

  • Used to document essential skills linked to workplace success

  • Awarded at four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum

Articulated Credits

  • North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement. (link to AA Document)

  • To receive articulated credit, students must enroll at the community college within two years of their school graduation date and meet the following criteria:

    • Final grade of B or higher in the course, and

    • A score of 93, or higher, on the standardized CTE post-assessment.

Credentials/CertificatesIn the 2011-2012 school year 1,625 credentials were awarded across the district.Credentials/CertificatesIn the 2011-2012 school year 1,625 credentials were awarded across the district.

  • ASE Brakes

  • ASE Electrical

  • CPR Certificate

  • Microsoft Access

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Power Point

  • Microsoft Word

  • NCCER Core

  • Nurse Aide

  • OSHA Safety

  • Serv Safe

Harnett County Schools Fire Academy

Job Shadowing

  • Spend a day with a professional in the community

  • Open to all students in Harnett County Schools

Career Fair

  • Fall of Sophomore year

  • Sponsored by the Harnett County Business Partnership and Harnett County Schools

  • Participants include local businesses

Military Options

ReasonsAttracted to Military

  • Travel

  • Need for Employment

  • A sense of civic duty and service for our country

  • Family Tradition

  • Occupational Training

  • Educational Opportunity

Gateways to Military Service

  • Enlistment

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

  • Service Academies

  • Senior Military Colleges

Branches of Military Service

U.S. Army (Army Reserve, Army National Guard)

U.S. Air Force (Air Force Reserve, Air NationalGuard)

U.S. Navy (Navy Reserve)

U.S. Marines Corps (Marine Corps Reserve)

U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard Reserve)

General Enlistment Qualifications

  • 18 years of age. Parental consent at 17.

  • U.S. Citizen or immigrant alien legally admitted to U.S. with documentation.

  • High School Graduation or GED (limiting)

  • Physical exams/drug screening/background check

  • Need for recruits in a specific job

  • Aptitude Test (ASVAB)


  • Direct Ship

  • Delayed Entry Program

  • Basic Training

  • Occupational Specialty Training

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

  • Opportunity to attend college while studying military leadership

  • Offered at hundreds of college campuses

  • Highly competitive (grades, ACT/SAT, personal interview)

  • Four yr program leads to bachelor degree and entry level commission as an officer.

ROTC Scholarships

  • Pay tuition, required fees, textbooks and a monthly stipend for each month enrolled.

  • Merit based not need based

  • Come with a military service commitment:

    • Army (4yrs active, 4 years reserve)

    • Navy (4 to 5 years)

    • Air Force (4 to 6 years)

      Deadlines differ with branches (between Dec. 1st to January 31st of senior yr.)

Military Service Academies

  • US Military Academy at West Point

    West Point, NY

  • US Naval Academy

    Annapolis, Maryland

  • US Air Force Academy

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • US Coast Guard Academy

    New London, Connecticut

  • US Merchant Marine Academy

    Kingsport, New York

  • Admissions Criteria for Service Academies:

    • Extensive process, extremely competitive

    • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)

    • Athletics and extracurricular activities

    • Leadership experience and community involvement

    • High school academic performance

    • A congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)

    • Begin application process Spring of Junior year

After Graduation from Service Academy:

  • Five year active military commitment plus three yr reserves

  • Commissioned as an officer

  • College Degree

Senior Military Colleges

  • Offer combination of higher education with military instruction

  • Must participate in ROTC programs

  • Only those receiving ROTC Scholarships must enter military service

Texas A&M Corps of Cadets

Norwich University

The Virginia Military Institute

The Citadel

North Georgia College and State University

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Mary Baldwin Women’s Institute for Leadership

Senior Military Colleges

A recent article in the News & Observer stated that individuals with a college degree will earn double over his/her lifetime than that of an individual with a high school diploma.

Community College Vs. 4 year Colleges

Community College

No GPA Requirement

Must meet College Readiness Benchmark

Foreign Language Requirement does not have to be met

Transfer programs with acceptances to 4 year after completion of 2 years

Cost - $1,082.50 for 15 hours (normal load)

4 Year College

GPA Requirement


Foreign language requirement (for most)

Admission has become competitive

Cost - $ 3, 893 (tuition only, does not include housing)

Offers a unique experience for independence

Understanding the Transcript

  • GPA

  • Quality Points

  • AP/Honors Classes

Student A

  • Freshman year – GPA was 2.25

  • Sophomore year only – GPA was 3.578

  • Cumulative GPA after 9th & 10th Grade – 2.914

  • Did not begin taking honors classes until 11th grade

  • Is unsure about attendingpost-secondary education

Student B

  • Has taken rigorous classes since 9th grade

  • Has continued to challenge herself academically

  • Wants to pursue post-secondary education

The Complete Package

  • Rigorous classes

  • Community Service

  • School Involvement

  • ACT/SAT Scores

Explore, PLAN, & ACT

  • North Carolina now requires 8th, 10th, & 11th Grade Students to participate in College & Career Ready Assessments

  • Many schools offer ACT prep classes during school, before school, or after school

  • Pay attention to your child’s score – the score report gives strategies to improve scores

  • Make sure your child is prepared on test day!

What Should I Be Doing Now?

  • Set high expectations for your son/daughter.

  • Make a 4 year plan of action.

  • Discuss plan with your child.

  • Research schools to determine admission requirements to desired school(s).

What Should I Be Doing Now?

  • Communicate with your child’s teachers frequently. Email is a great communication tool.

  • Discuss with your child school happenings.

  • Review transcript/report cards, school website, etc.

  • Follow your child’s current academic progress through PAM.

When Does the College Application Process Begin?


  • Fall of your child’s senior year. Pay attention to College deadlines.

  • During November, CFNC offers College Application Week. During this week, many schools waive the application fee. This is a great time to apply if it is within the deadline.


  • www.cfnc.org

  • www.act/student.org

  • www.harnett.k12.nc.us

  • Your child’s counselor

  • Your child’s teachers

  • www.asvabprogram.com

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