College and Career Readiness

How can help my child become College and Career Ready?

To ensure college and career readiness, follow the 5 Pillars of College & Career Readiness and visit the links below pertaining to career options, college readiness, college applications, financial aid, and scholarships.

Pillars of College Readiness

Personal Readiness
The Personal Readiness Pillar addresses the character and quality that students need to be successful in life, both now and in their future endeavors. These personal qualities include organization, time management, perseverance, self-advocacy, social skills and leadership. Encourage your child to…
Make an action plan for their big future!
Work hard and develop habits to succeed now and in the future.
Develop daily routines for homework and stay organized.
Get involved in UIL and other extra-curricular activities to build social and leadership skills.
Find supportive adults at home, at school, or in the community to help them achieve goals.
Never give up! There is nothing more important than character & perseverance.

Academic Readiness
The Academic Readiness Pillar focuses on preparing students for the academic challenges of college and careers. Encourage your child to…
Challenge yourself with Pre-AP and AP courses in your best subjects.
Earn college credit in high school with ACC Dual Credit Courses and by earning a 3 or better on AP Exams.
Take advantage of intervention, tutorial and enrichment opportunities.

Career Readiness

The Career Readiness Pillar emphasizes the importance of all students from Kinder to 12th grade having systematic exposure to a wide variety of careers that are available and that match their passions and interests. Encourage your child to…
Use the career tools on Bridges like Cluster Finder and Interest Profiler to find careers that match your passions.
Choose your endorsement or CTE pathway of study on Bridges and take the courses that will best prepare you for your future.
Take a practicum course at the end of your pathway and even earn a professional certificate while in high school.
Participate in job shadow opportunities.
Career Options: Encourage your child to explore opportunities based on his/her interests and strengths, match and compare characteristics to specific occupations and find specific information; such as the fastest growing jobs, levels of education that each require, average salaries, training requirements, and much more.
Evaluate Expenses: Compare careers & expenses using Reality Check
Find a major, explore a career:
Launch My Career:
Get Inspired!
Explore careers:
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC):
Careers in the Military:

Admission Readiness
The Admission Readiness Pillar seeks to ensure that all students are prepared to enter the postsecondary training or career of their choice. Encourage your child to...
Get and keep their grade point average and class rank as high as possible.
Take the most rigorous level of courses matched to their future planning.
Take PSAT seriously and use My College QuickStart to help prepare for the SAT and ACT.
See their counselor to register for the SAT or ACT and for test prep opportunities.
Get to know the College and Career Advisor at their high school's College and Career Center. Help is available!
Compare colleges & universities:
Explore and compare College Options:
Complete College Applications: Apply Texas, Common Application

Financial Readiness
The Financial Readiness Pillar provides awareness and critical support to enable all students to access their future. Encourage your child to…
Learn about and apply for scholarships. See their counselor or college and career coordinator for more details.
Fill out and complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March of their senior year.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Guidance:


Educational Savings Plans & Calculators

Military/Veterans Legacy Funding for Dependents

Other College and Career Planning Websites:

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