Each schools board's career and technical education program must include annual notice on its website to enrolled high school students and their parents of the availability of the postsecondary education and employment data published by the State Council of Higher Education and the opportunity for such students to obtain a nationally recognized career readiness certificate at a local public high school, comprehensive community college or workforce center. Va. Code § 22.1-253.13:1.D.3.d
School counselors are available to help all students plan for life after high school, whether they are interested in pursuing a college education or entering the world of work.
Students - if you are unsure about your post-secondary plans, your school counselor can be a great resource for brainstorming ideas and identifying your interests. School counselors can provide you with log-in information to Virginia Wizard, a great resource for exploring your interests, skills, and potential careers that match up to these skills and interests. Your skills and interests can serve as a guide for picking high school courses that you may be a good fit as well as planning for your future.
Click here to access the Virginia Wizard Website -- ask your school counselor for log-in information! This will allow you to save your results to look back on at a later time.
Virginia Wizard Skills Assessment - this skills assessment is designed to help you identify your skill set and explore careers that match your strengths.
Virginia Wizard Interest Assessment - this interest assessment helps you identify your strongest work-related interests. Knowing your interests can help you decide what careers you may want to explore.
The Virginia Department of Education has approved many industry certifications, occupational competency assessments, and professional licenses that students can earn in high school CTE courses.
If you are looking for more information related to post-secondary planning, the following resources may be of interest as well: