Career Cruising Resume Builder
Career Cruising Employment Guide and Job Search Tool
DISTRICT CAREER GUIDANCE PLAN
district career guidance plan provides an opportunity for each high
school student to explore their interests, abilities, talents and
desired level of education through the Michigan Career Pathways.
Career pathways were developed by the state of Michigan and are the
structure around which careers are organized for use in K-12 classrooms.
Career paths are clusters of occupations/careers that are grouped
because of the people in them share similar interests and
strengths. All paths include a variety of occupations that
require different levels of education and training. Selecting a
career pathway provides an area of focus along with flexibility and a
variety of ideas to pursue. It is emphasized that career pathways
and careers within them are tentative choices which students make that
can be changed at any time, and perhaps several times over the course
of a student’s high school years, and indeed, over the course of a life
Career Pathways Descriptions
Benefits of Career Pathways for students:
pathways provide a plan for all students regardless of their interests,
abilities, talents, or desired levels of education. All paths
have equal dignity.
pathways provide all students with areas of focus, along with
flexibility and a variety of ideas to pursue as they make decisions
regarding course selection.
- Career pathways
allow students to see a relevance to their selected school
courses. Thus, students are more apt to have a reason to do
better in school.
- Career pathways help parents and other adults provide better assistance to students as they discuss careers.
Career development tools or planning and self-management tools are used to empower students so they can be in control of their own future. Empowerment is a process that comes through EXPLORATION - PLANNING - ACHIEVEMENT.
Tools used at Farmington High School are:
Career Cruising See the Counseling Center for Usernames/Passwords
Career Explorer See the Counseling Center for Usernames/Passwords
Official website for Michigan Occupational Information System.
Available on FHS computers
Educational Development Plan Every FPS student begins their
EDP in 8th grade and has an opportunity to update this document in
school at least one time a year. The EDP can also be accessed
online through Career Cruising. EDP’s are a very important component of
your student’s career educational process. Students are asked to
answer a series of questions ranging from their course selections in
each grade to their interests, skills, and goals. The EDP makes
career suggestions for students including links on Career Cruising to
colleges’ websites. Parents need to review the EDP, sign it, and
have their student return the EDP after it has been updated. Take
the time to explore opportunities with your student. Seniors must
return their EDP’s as a graduation requirement and for access to
Connect Edu, a college tracking program now being used by the
Counseling Center. For further information, contact Mrs.
- EXPLORE is given to all 8th grade students and 9th grade students new
to the district. EXPLORE results give students information about
their knowledge, skills, interests, plans, and needs that can be used
for planning high school coursework and to begin thinking about college
FRESHMAN CONTACT MEETING – Freshman meet in small groups with their individual counselor in the fall of 9th grade.
- PLAN (Practice ACT) is given to all 10th
grade students in the fall of their sophomore year. PLAN results
help students understand their academic skills and abilities,
preferences for different work tasks, personal needs, plans and
goals. This information can be used to develop an academic
schedule for the remainder of high school and in considering the many
options available after high school.
SOPHOMORE MEETING – Sophomores will meet with their counselor to review their ACT PLAN results.
JUNIOR MEETING – Juniors
meet individually with their counselor to review classes for the
following year, college/post-secondary plans, resources for college
searches, scholarships, financial aid, and review of the student EDP.
- The ACT is a segment of the MME (Michigan Merit Exam) given to
all 11th grade students in the spring of their junior year. The
ACT is a guidance, placement, and admissions program that helps student
prepare, and colleges plan, for the transition from high school to
(Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics) WorkKeys is a segment
of the MME (Michigan Merit Exam) given to all 11th grade students in
the spring of their junior year. WorkKeys is a job skills
assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe
are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any
occupation-skilled or professional-and at any level of education.