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North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
15th Floor, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0610
                                       Acknowledgements
The North Dakota RUReadyND.com lesson plans were created by:

      Jody Breker, Southeast North Dakota Career Resource Coordinator

The following persons/states have assisted in the development of the RUReadyND.com lesson plans.

We would like to thank Vermont Student Assistance Corp., www.VSAC.org, and the Iowa College Student
Aid Commission, www.IHaveaPlanIowa.gov, for the inspiration and ideas used to create the
RUReadyND.com lesson plans for the North Dakota Career Resource Network. Your willingness to
share your plans and allow us to “borrow” from them has made our task much easier.

A special thanks to Xap/Bridges for allowing us the freedom to use their lesson plans and adapt as
needed to fit our needs.

Thanks to Student Loans of North Dakota for providing North Dakota students with these tools to help
them prepare for their future.

Thanks to the North Dakota Career Resource Coordinators for the promotion of RUReadyND.com and
the lesson plans across the state of North Dakota.

      Jennie Granrud, Northwest North Dakota Career Resource Coordinator
      Donna Fricke, Southwest North Dakota Career Resource Coordinator
      Judy Barstad, Northeast North Dakota Career Resource Coordinator
      Jody Breker, Southeast North Dakota Career Resource Coordinator

North Dakota Career Resource Network
      Kathy Holle, Career Resource Network Supervisor
      Laura Glasser, Administrative Assistant



                  North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
                  15th Floor, State Capitol
                  600 East Boulevard Avenue
                  Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0610



                      The lesson plans will be available at the Educators section of the
             North Dakota Career Resource Network website, www.nd.gov/cte/crn, in August 2009.
  Educator’s Guide to RUReadyND.com and Supporting Lesson Plans

What is RUReadyND.com?
  RUReadyND.com is North Dakota’s career information, test preparation and decision-making
  system.
  It is provided to all North Dakota middle and high school students free of charge through
  Student Loans of North Dakota with training and support provided by the North Dakota Career
  Resource Network.
  This web-based planning tool allows students to develop 4-year plans, complete career
  assessments, search for postsecondary institutions, find scholarships, prepare for the ACT,
  and much more.
  Students create online portfolios that can be accessed anywhere at any time, to store their
  work and save information throughout their school career. The secure and confidential system
  also allows educators to review the students’ portfolios and collect statistical data.


What are the Benefits to Educators?
  Customize courses to match school offerings and graduation requirements.
  Meet the HB1400 requirements by utilizing the Interest Assessments and the Course Plan
  Builder to create plans of study with students.
  Monitor students’ progress in developing academic and career plans.
  Obtain lesson plans and activities that incorporate RUReadyND.com into the existing
  curriculum.
  Research current career development findings through a library of white pages.
  Assist parents and students with college and career exploration and federal student aid.


Why RUReadyND.com?
  RUReadyND.com meets all the latest industry standards.
  The system meets ASCA, CTE, and ACSCI standards and supports NCLB objectives.
  RUReadyND.com provides a safe, secure personal account for you and your students and
  parents.
  These programs provide educators, students and parents with secure personal accounts
  protected by the same technology used by online banking services. It also employs strict
  protection policies and complies with COPPA regulations.
  RUReadyND.com provides accountability.
  Data elements from schools utilizing RUReadyND.com are reported to the North Dakota
  Career Resource Network at the Department of Career and Technical Education. In addition,
  educators can compile data from the student population at individual schools and districts.
  RUReadyND.com is regularly updated.
  The latest career statistics, salary information and college options are constantly added and
  refined to provide the most current data possible. System enhancements are also made on a
  regular basis.
Access RUReadyND.com Today!
  You can access the program by visiting the website at www.rureadynd.com. Students and
  educators can easily create portfolios on this site and obtain other information about the
  program.


RUReadyND.com Strives to Make Your Job Easier!
  Lesson plans are available to help every educator incorporate career development into the
  classroom. The activities can easily be added to existing curriculum plans. The following tips
  provide some useful information to help make using the plans easier.
  Remember that these plans may be adapted as necessary to meet your needs and time
  restraints.
  The scope and sequence with which these plans are used will depend on your school and the
  grade level at which you start using RUReadyND.com. The lessons are written to provide
  educators with a sequential walk through each program tool.
  Each lesson is designed to be approximately 1 class period in length. As you work through each
  lesson, remember that some of the graphics may look different if a student has already done
  some prior work with the program. There is no answer guide as most of the answers will vary
  with student choices. As student’s work through the lessons, be sure to encourage them to
  save any valuable information to their portfolio. Some lessons have specifically asked that
  student’s journal their thoughts and plans at various points in their work. Journaling can be
  added to each lesson or at any time it is appropriate and will provide the student and educator
  with additional insight to a student’s progress.
  Always check the computer requirements to be sure your computer lab is set up for optimum
  use of the program. This will save time and create a more satisfying experience. The system
  requirements can be found with the lesson plans on the website and can also be accessed by
  clicking on “Browser Requirements” at the bottom of any page of the RUReadyND.com website.
  These activities lend themselves well to prepare students for Extended Learning Activities.


Need Help?
  The North Dakota Career Resource Network offers free training and support to North Dakota
  educators. You can receive the help you need to navigate the system and implement the
  program in your school.
  Training will be offered through your Regional Career Resource Coordinator.
  If you would like to attend a training session, please contact the ND Career Resource Network
  at 701.328.9733 or visit www.nd.gov/cte/crn/workshops.html to view the online training
  calendar.
                                                                             T: 1.800.281.1168
                                                                             F: 1.888.349.3437
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Technical Specifications
Workstation Requirements:
     Operating System           Recommended Browser(s)                 Supported Browsers
 Microsoft Windows Vista        Internet Explorer 7.0              Internet Explorer 6.0
 Microsoft Windows XP           Mozilla FireFox 3.0                Mozilla FireFox 2.0
 Microsoft Windows 2000
 Mac OS X                       Apple Safari 1.3+                  Mozilla FireFox 2.0 +

Note: other Operating System/browser combinations will likely work, but are not actively
tested or officially supported.

   Flash player version 8 or higher
   Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or higher must be installed to read PDF documents
   Quicktime 6 or higher must be installed to view career videos
   A minimum screen resolution of 800x600

Network and System

1. A high speed internet connection.
2. Firewalls must permit access to the following IP addresses:

       65.248.21.100 TCP ports 80 and 443 (HTTP and HTTPS)

       65.248.21.110 TCP ports 80 and 443 (HTTP and HTTPS)

3. Configure proxy, cache, firewall and/or content filtering server(s) to:

       a. Have the correct time & date set;
       b. Expire cached content based on the HTTP response “Expires” and “Cache-
          Control” headers, which are always set by Bridges’ servers; this is the default
          configuration for most proxy servers;
       c. Not cache content with the following extensions:

                             .do, .jsp, .jspf, .jspx, .py, .pl, .php, .asp, .aspx

4. Content filtering and anti-virus software needs to allow popups and cookies in the
   “.bridges.com” domain;
5. JavaScript and session cookies must be allowed (this is the default configuration for
   most browsers).
Technical Profile
testGEAR™ Online Test Prep
    For successful access to our online resources and services, review this document to ensure your site is
    prepared with the proper technical components. Prior to purchasing, please have your network technician or
    other local technical contact review this document.

    •     Firewall, filtering software and anti-virus software should be configured to allow access to the
          “.bridges.com’” and “testu.com” domains
    •     Online test prep only uses HTTP over port 80
    •     Javascript and session cookies should be enabled (this is the default setting for most browsers)
    •     Filtering and anti-virus software needs to be configured to allow pop-ups in the “.bridges.com” and
          “testu.com” domains

    Platform Requirements:

      Operating Systems                                       Browsers                                                           Plug-ins
      •     Windows 95                                        •     Microsoft Internet Explorer version                          •     Flash 5 Plug-in
      •     Windows 98                                              5.0 and 5.5 (5.1 on OS9)                                     •     Adobe Acrobat
      •     Windows ME                                        •     Netscape Communicator 4.73                                         Reader 4.0
      •     Windows NT 4.0 (with                                    through 4.76
            service pack 3 or higher)
      •     Windows 2000
      •     OS 9


      Technical Requirements:
      Technical Requirements:
      Recommended Setup                                                                      Minimum Setup
      Optimal Setup                                                                          Minimum Setup
      •     17”, 1024 × 768 resolution monitor with true color                               •     15”, 800 × 600 resolution monitor with 256 colors
      •     enabled × 768 resolution monitor with true color
            17”, 1024                                                                        •
                                                                                             •     15”, 800 × 600 resolution monitor with 256 colors
                                                                                                   Pentium 100 MHz processor
      •     enabled II 500 MHz or higher processor
            Pentium                                                                          •
                                                                                             •     Pentium 100 MHz processor
                                                                                                   16 MB onboard RAM
      •
      •     Pentium II 500 MHz or higher processor
            32 MB onboard RAM                                                                •
                                                                                             •     16 MB onboard RAM (Modem): 56 kbs
                                                                                                   Standalone Networks
      •
      •     32 MB onboard RAM
            Standalone Networks (Modem): 1.4 mbs                                             •     Standalone Networks (Modem): 56 kbs
                                                                                                   bandwidth per workstation (Standard Modem).
      •     Standalone Networks (Modem): 1.4 mbs
            bandwidth per workstation (ADSL/Cable).                                          •     Shared Networks (LANs): (Standard Mode
                                                                                                   bandwidth per workstation10 MB or higher m).
      •     bandwidth per workstation (ADSL/Cable).
            Shared Networks (LANs): 100 MB or higher                                         •     Shared Networks from each clientor higher
                                                                                                   bandwidth to and (LANs): 10 MB workstation
      •     Shared Networks (LANs): 100 MB or higher
            bandwidth to and from each client workstation                                          with a 56 kbs and workstation bandwidth to on
                                                                                                   bandwidth to per from each client workstati
            with 1.4 mbs per workstationclient workstation
            bandwidth to and from each bandwidth to                                                Internet. kbs per workstation bandwidth to
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            Internet. mbs per workstation bandwidth to
            with 1.4                                                                         •     Internet.
                                                                                                   Sound card
      •     Internet.
            Sound card                                                                       •     Sound card
      •     Sound card

Although a printer is not required, many students like to have hardcopies of the Learning Modules’ printable .PDF summaries
for off-line use. In addition, the summary printouts include write-on lines for students to add their own notes.

Technical Support Information:

For the most up-to-date information on technical requirements and minimum configurations for all of our products,
visit the Technical Support section at www.bridges.com.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Technical Support team.
Call 1-800-281-1168 or e-mail tech-support@bridges.com.



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        Choices Explorer

   www.RUReadyND.com
                                         1st Year Curriculum

Lesson 1            Getting to Know You

Lesson 2            Your Portfolio
                           Leaving Your Life to Chance
                           Today’s Trivia and This Week’s Highlights
Lesson 3            Scavenger Hunt
                           Overview of Choices Explorer
                           Career Finder and Cluster Finder
                           Portfolio, Journal Entry, Check Progress
Lesson 4            What Are My Interests and Skills?
                           Career Exploration by Cluster and Subject
                           Recreation Activity, Ask an Expert
Lesson 5            What Will You Be? Is it Realistic?
                           Explore interests and skills and compare to what is
                           required for a career, do they match?
Lesson 6            What Do They Do?
                           A video tour exploring careers, including what they do, salary,
                           outlook, education, interview, and real life activities worksheet.
Lesson 7            Pick a Job, Group Activity
                           Exploring career clusters, pathways, and jobs in a group activity.
Lesson 8            Cool Tools for School
                           Homework Helpers
Lesson 9            Success in School
                           Successful Study Techniques
                           Learning Styles
Lesson 10           The Buzz
                           Discover the latest trends and opportunities in
                           wind energy careers, make a group poster.



10/09                                  Choices Explorer                                    Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                  Lesson 1
          1st Year Curriculum

  www.RUReadyND.com                         Getting to Know You
Your Name Please ______________________________________

When you come to school every day, what would you be happy doing and where would you
want to stay all day?___________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

What is your favorite class?_____________________________________________
Why?______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

If you could be another person for the day, who would you choose?________________
Why?______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

If you could do anything you wanted all day, what would you want to do?_____________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

List three words that describe you. Why did you choose these words?
1._____________________ 2._____________________ 3.___________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________



10/09                           Choices Explorer – Lesson 2                   Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                             Lesson 2
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                                                           Your Portfolio
           1 Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com.




 Sign in or Create a new portfolio. (Use something that you can
 remember!) Let’s Go!

 This is your North Dakota tools page:




         (Your page may look different, depending on the products to which your school subscribes.)




 Click on Choices Explorer

10/09                                  Choices Explorer – Lesson 2                                    Page 1
 These are your Top Tabs:

 You can easily move between each of the main areas at any time by just clicking on the
 tab you want.

 Let’s go to your space, your portfolio.

 1)     Find                 and click on All About You. Update your personal information.
 2)     Look at each section and as we go you will gain more items in your portfolio. Your
        portfolio will keep the items you complete, including keeping track of what you like as
        you go along. Finding out what you like and dislike is what it is all about.
 3)     We will return here often so you can see your progress.


 On to the               page.

 1.     Check out                . (The question changes each week.)
 2.     Why explore careers? What happens when you leave your life to chance?

 3.     Find this heading                   click on Chance. Click on the RED ball.
 4.     Not finding a likely match for you? Click on Click here in the unlikely event you don’t
        find your perfect career and read.

 5.     Go back to the work page. Go to                    . Click on any of the ND Career
        Cluster areas that seem interesting to you. Or click on View Descriptions of
        Clusters to learn more about all of the clusters.


 Now go back to the                    page.


 1)     Go to                              . Let’s see what is happening with careers in the
        world today. Updated weekly, these articles explore careers that may not be on the
        main street of your town.
 2)     In groups of two or three, pick an article, read it, and discuss it with each other.
 3)     Be prepared to share briefly with the class what you learned.
 4)     Be sure to add any career you think is interesting to your portfolio by (upper right
        side of screen) by clicking where it says Add to Portfolio.
 5)     Sign out.




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        Choices Explorer                                          Lesson 3
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                                                    Scavenger Hunt
            1 Year Curriculum

      www.RUReadyND.com


 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to

 Today we are going get acquainted with Choices Explorer by going on a scavenger hunt.
 Just follow the steps in order, complete the quizzes and answer the questions as
 honestly as you can. They will automatically be saved in your portfolio.


 Go to      , on your toolbar. Find                                          and click on All
 About You.

 1. Find the section called Your Interests and Values.

 2. Click on Edit your interests. Now, click in the boxes by the words that interest you.
    Make sure you save your selections.

 3. Click on Try the Major Finder using your interests. What are two majors that came
    up in your list?

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________

 4.     Locate and click on the Career Finder quiz. Click:

 5.     What are your top two interests?

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________

 6.     What are your top two skills?

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________

 7.     List two interesting careers that came up on your list.

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________


 8.     Locate and click on                . Take the quiz!

 9.     List your top Career Cluster. ________________________________________
10/09                               Choices Explorer – Lesson 3                           Page 1
 Go to the               tab on your toolbar.

 10. Click on your top cluster to see a whole list of careers to explore.

 11.    Write down two careers that came up on your list. Then, add them your portfolio.

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________


 12. Click on                                  . Find careers related to the subjects you
     enjoy or do well in. List three careers. Add them to your portfolio (upper right).

        1.___________________ 2.___________________ 3.___________________


 13. What is the answer to                                ?

        _______________________________________________________________



 14. Find the section                      . Using either the Alphabetical list or
     Keyword Search, list three careers that interest you. Add them to your portfolio.

        1.___________________ 2.___________________ 3.___________________



 15. Find the section                   What is an Apprenticeship? List two careers
     that offer apprenticeships where you can earn while you learn..

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________



 Using the Search feature,                                       find the following
 information:
 16. What is the average annual earning for a Registered Nurse? _________________

 17. What does a Sonographer do? ________________________________________

 18. What Salary and Outlook does a judge have? _____________________________

 19. What Education level is required? _____________________________________

10/09                              Choices Explorer – Lesson 3                        Page 2
 Click on the               tab on your toolbar.


 20. Look for                 . Find two programs and majors you want to learn more
     about. Jot down two facts about these programs and majors.

        1._____________________________ Fact____________________________

        2._____________________________ Fact____________________________



 21. Look for                              . Find majors related to the subjects you enjoy
     or do well in. List three majors.

        1.___________________ 2.___________________ 3.___________________



 21. Take the                        List five majors from your list.

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________

        3._____________________________ 4.______________________________

        5._____________________________



 Click on the               tab on your toolbar.




 22. Look in your top interest cluster in Volunteering and Recreation. Write down an
     interesting career for each.

        1._____________________________ 2.______________________________



10/09                            Choices Explorer – Lesson 3                        Page 3
 Go to             , on your toolbar. Click on All About You.

 23. Locate Your Network. Click on Add people. Go ahead and add at least two people to
     your list.

 24. Locate Your Experiences. Click on Add experiences. Go ahead and add at least one
     experience to your list.



 25. Find the section labeled                                . Look over what was
     saved. Do you need to add or delete anything? If you do, now is a good time.



 26. Find the section labeled                                . Add a new journal entry
     about what you learned about yourself today. Also write what you would like to
     explore further.



 Congratulations! You made it!




10/09                           Choices Explorer – Lesson 3                         Page 4
        Choices Explorer                                          Lesson 4
            st


                                      What are My Interests and Skills
           1 Year Curriculum

  www.RUReadyND.com


Does everyone interested in law become a lawyer? Of course not – that's why you need
to check out careers related to the ones you interested in, too. The careers are divided
into 16 interest-based clusters to make it easier for you to explore. Within each North
Dakota Career Cluster, you can check out a list of related careers called pathways. Each
career cluster has several pathways to choose from. Today we are going to explore your
top 3 career clusters and the related pathways. RU Ready?


Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                                .

Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.


Take the                           . Record your top 3 below. If you have already
taken the Cluster Finder, you can either take it again to see if you get the same results

or go to            and write down your top 3 clusters from the last time you took it.

1.______________________ 2.______________________ 3.______________________


Each Cluster has 4 areas you must check out!


                                    a.   Read the Introduction for each.

                                    b. Look at the Careers for each, also the Pathways on
                                         this page. Check out the Related Programs.

                                    c.   Click on the Programs for each and look at the
                                         Talking to Students to see what they say about
  Add interesting                        different programs. Check out the Featured Majors.
   careers to:
                                    d. Look at the Recommended Courses you should be
                                         taking in high school for each cluster.




11/09                               Choices Explorer – Lesson 4                           Page 1
Click again on the                      tab on your toolbar.

Look half way down the page; check out                                      . Here you
can find careers related to the subjects you enjoy in school, too.

1.      What are two of your favorite subject areas in school?


        1.________________________________ 2._________________________________


2.      In this section, what are the               in your favorite subject area? List
        three.

        1._____________________ 2.______________________ 3.____________________

3.      In any subject area, find two careers that require two years of post-secondary
        training and write them here:


        1.________________________________ 2._________________________________

4.      In the same subject area, find two careers that require at least four years of post-
        secondary training and write them here:


        1.________________________________ 2._________________________________

5.      Watch one of the videos of the career you listed in the above question. What did
        you learn? _______________________________________________________


Go to the                 tab on your toolbar.

To the right side of the screen, you’ll see                     . Click on one of the experts
listed or click on See all Recreation Experts and pick one. Read about this career and
also check out the                  . Click on one of the question to see what else you can
learn about this career.

Which one did you choose?______________________________________________.
Add it to your portfolio if it is something you want to save.


11/09                             Choices Explorer – Lesson 4                           Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                                   Lesson 5
            1st Year Curriculum

     www.RUReadyND.com                        What Will You Be? Is It Realistic?

Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                                        .

Go to                 tab. Find the the                            section and click on All About You.

Go down until you see your Career Quiz Results. Look over your Interests and Skills. Click on
the link View suggested careers. Based on your interests and skills, here are the suggested top
20 careers for you. If you click on a career, you can compare the interests and skills required for
that job to the interests and skills you have. How closely do they match?

Look at this example and complete the questions below:

                                  (Sample Person)                    (Sample Person)




1.      Comparing the sample person’s skills to those best for a Web Designer and a Film Director,
        how closely do they match? ________________________________________________
        _____________________________________________________________________
        Which career is a better match? ____________________________________________

2.      Which skills show that this career would this be a good match for this person? _________
        _____________________________________________________________________

3.      Which skill areas are weak for the sample person? _______________________________
        _____________________________________________________________________

4.      What could the person do if they are weak in a necessary area for that career? _________
        _____________________________________________________________________

5.      Now compare several careers to your skills and interests. Read more about careers you find
        as close matches and look at what doesn’t match, too. Explain why both are important:
        _____________________________________________________________________
        _____________________________________________________________________

                          Go to              and add a journal entry in                .
10/09                                        Choices Explorer – Lesson 5                             Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                            Lesson 6
           1st Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                               What Do They Do?

               Today we are going on a virtual field trip.
 You will be able to experience a variety of tours in just the career areas you
 choose, all right from your computer. How do you know what people do in
 their jobs if you can’t see or visit with them? RUReady to see what they do?


 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                           .

 Select the                      tab on your toolbar. Go to

 Click on Career Videos. If you know which career you are looking for, find
 it alphabetically. Or you can simply browse through all the career profiles
 with videos.

  Look at the following for each job:
                                             What They Do at each job
                                             the Salary and Outlook of the job
                                             the Education required for the job
                                             read an Interview for each job
                                             Get Started with Real Life Activities,
                                             Watch one minute videos showing what it is
                                              like to work in this career



    Note: It is helpful to have earphones for your computer and make sure
    QuickTime is installed on your computer to watch videos.




10/09                                 Choices Explorer – Lesson 6                          Page 1
 Lesson 6 Worksheet-What Do They Do? Name________________________

 Video Choice #1:


 Read Profile. What do they do?


 What is the Average Annual Earnings?    Outlook?                                 Growth?


 Education Degree Options?


 Whom did you interview?


 Pick a math, communication, or decision making activity. Which did you choose?


 Video Choice #2:


 Read Profile. What do they do?


 What is the Average Annual Earnings?    Outlook?                                 Growth?


 Education Degree Options?


 Whom did you interview?


 Pick a math, communication, or decision making activity. Which did you choose?


 Video Choice #3:


 Read Profile. What do they do?


 What is the Average Annual Earnings?    Outlook?                                 Growth?


 Education Degree Options?


 Whom did you interview?


 Pick a math, communication, or decision making activity. Which did you choose?


 Of the three, which would you choose and why?




10/09                                      Choices Explorer – Lesson 6                      Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                          Lesson 7
           1st Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                   Pick A Job – Group Activity
 Names _____________________________ _____________________________

          _____________________________ _____________________________

                                         Divide into groups of 4. Each group will need:
                                          one computer,
                                          one person to navigate on the computer,
                                          one person to write on the group worksheet,
                                          one group member to keep the group on task, and
                                            one spokesperson to report to the entire class.

                                         Log on to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to

                                                         . Go to the         tab.

                                         1.   Pick a cluster for your group from the list of
                                              North Dakota Career Clusters.
                                              ____________________________________

                                         2. Choose two pathways in this Cluster and write
                                            them on the lines below.
                                         3. Look at three jobs in each pathway.

                                              Pathway 1: ____________________________
                                              a___________________________________
                                              b___________________________________
                                              c___________________________________

                                              Pathway 2:____________________________
                                              a___________________________________
                                              b___________________________________
                                              c___________________________________

                                         As a group, choose a job to share. Include the
The spokesperson for the group
will briefly report to the class.        Cluster, Pathway, and career name. Also tell what
                                         they do, salary, and education requirements.


10/09                               Choices Explorer – Lesson 7                         Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                               Lesson 8
          1st Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                               Cool Tools for School

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                                 .


 Go to the                       tab on your toolbar.

 On the bottom of the page, see the                        section. Faith answers questions and
 helps people find stuff in Choices Explorer.

 Click on: See questions and answers. Next, click on Succeeding in High School.

 Click on a question that looks interesting to you. Read Faith’s answer to the question.
 You can ask her a question, too. Click on the link, ask her a question. Ask away!

 Go to the                        tab on your toolbar.



 Towards the bottom of the Learn page, select:


 Great Homework Helpers
 Click on 3 or 4 of these links.

 Each has a review you can read to
 see if this site would work for your
 homework needs and a link to the
 actual site.

 This is a great place to get information on any project you may have.

 Find FunBrain.com in the list of Homework Helpers and click Read Review. Read the
 review and then go to the site listed at the bottom: http://www.funbrain.com/index.html.
 Check out Math Baseball. You can also find games for each grade level. Click on 7th, see
 all the games and activities.

                                All this fun is under Homework Helpers!

10/09                                    Choices Explorer – Lesson 8                         Page 1
         Choices Explorer                                             Lesson 9
           1st Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                                  Success in School
 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                                  .
 Go to the                       tab on your toolbar.

 Find                             and click on the link Succeeding in High School. Now we’ll

 be looking at the                     , the menu on the right side of the page.


                                  Successful Study Techniques - How to prepare for any test or
                                  exam to get results you can be proud of.

                                  Read the Introduction.

                                  Next, go to How to and click on each link and read:
                                                •   Know What You Have to Study
                                                •   Manage Your Time
                                                •   Select the Best Study Environment
                                                •   Study Actively, Not Passively

                                  Go to Resources: and click on the link:
                                                     http://www.how-to-study.com/



 www.how-to-study.com is a study skills resource site.

 In the Articles section at www.how-to-study.com, find and click on Learning Styles. A
 learning style is a way of learning. Your preferred learning style is how you learn best.
 Read through each style, and choose which style fits you best.

         Write it here: ____________________________________________

 Knowing your learning style helps you to study smarter, not more, because you get what
 you are studying and you remember it longer.



 Go to                 and add a journal entry in                        about your learning style.


10/09                                   Choices Explorer – Lesson 9                            Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                         Lesson 10
           1st Year Curriculum

  www.RUReadyND.com                                            The Buzz
Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                                .

Go to the                        tab on your toolbar. Check out The Buzz.

                                                                     Find:
                                                               Careers in Wind
                                                                     Energy


Your team should go to the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster and
find out the latest news about trends and opportunities with wind energy careers.

What is a wind farm? __________________________________________________

What is renewable energy? ______________________________________________

What are other sources of renewable energy? ________________________________

Does your team think ND is a good place for producing wind power? ________________

Name several careers in wind energy: ______________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Go to www.kidwind.org to learn more about wind energy careers.

Go to Lessons & Plans, click on; Are you a Student? Go to: Careers in Wind.


                                    After searching the www.kidwind.org site, click on these
                                    two links to learn more:
                                    1. ScienceCareers.org - Careers in Wind Energy
                                    2. AWEA - Careers in Wind



Make a poster about Wind Energy Careers to display in your classroom.
10/09                                 Choices Explorer – Lesson 10                         Page 1
        Choices Explorer

    www.RUReadyND.com
                                          2nd Year Curriculum

  Lesson 1                                           Lesson 7
       Today’s Trivia                                     Education and Training
         This week’s Highlights                             Preparing for College
         Updating Your Portfolio                            Campus Tours

  Lesson 2                                           Lesson 8-Part 1
       RUReady for School                                 I Want to Go to Work
         Homework Helpers                                   Job Hunting
         8th Grade Checklist                                Starting a Business
         Successful Study Techniques                        Apprenticeships
                                                            Career Planning
  Lesson 3
      Career Clusters and You
                                                     Lesson 8-Part 2
         Careers, Programs, and Course
         Plans in Your Cluster
                                                          I Want to Go to Work
                                                            Surviving the Workplace
  Lesson 4
       Programs and Majors by                        Lesson 9
       Cluster                                            Creating Your Plan of Study
         Major Finder                                       7th and 8th Grade Course Plan
         Majors by School Subjects
                                                     Lesson 10
  Lesson 5
                                                          RUReady for High School
       Learning about Life
                                                            9th -12th Grade Course Plan
         Volunteering
                                                            Transition to Choices Planner
         Recreation

  Lesson 6
       What is the Latest Buzz
         Employment Trends
         Opportunities
         Self Employment
         Career Videos


10/09                                    Choices Explorer                                   Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                              Lesson 1
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                                      Today’s Trivia

 Log on to: www.RUReadyND.com and sign in


 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 Scroll down to find                                   for the day.

 Click on                                 . What came up? ________________________

 __________________________________________________________________



                     By looking in each of these menu tabs, you will find the
                     answers to the following questions:

 Describe briefly what they do. ___________________________________________

 What skills are needed? ________________________________________________

 What kind of degree is most likely needed? __________________________________

 What is the Average Annual Salary? _______________________________________

 What is the growth rate? _______________________________________________

 This career is part of which pathway? ______________________________________

 Who is the interview with? ______________________________________________


 Click on one of the links, what else did you learn about this career? ________________


 __________________________________________________________________



10/09                                   Choices Explorer – Lesson 1               Page 1
 Go to the             tab on your toolbar.

 Check out                                    . Read an article and summarize what
 you learned about that career.

 Which career did you pick? ______________________________________________

 Why was this interesting to you? __________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________




 What did you learn? ___________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________




 Go to             tab.
 Finally for today we will see what you have in your portfolio so far. Look in each area and
 edit anything that no longer belongs in your portfolio. For example, if you are no longer
 interested in what you saved, then delete it. Save everything that you may want to look
 at later.



 Note: Do not delete your assessment results, they will be valuable for comparison
 later.




10/09                             Choices Explorer – Lesson 1                          Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                             Lesson 2
           2nd Year Curriculum

      www.RUReadyND.com                               RUReady for School

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                               .

 Go to the                       tab on your toolbar.



 Go to:                                    Succeeding in High School.
        Today we will look at Homework Helpers in more detail. These tools and tips can
        help you study smarter not longer, saving you time and effort in the long run.
        Increasing your study skills will help you succeed in high school, help you be
        successful in college, and prepare you for the career you want.

 1.     Homework Helpers. Pick out Fact Monster, read the review and go to the site:
        www.factmonster.com - includes a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas,and
        several topic areas. Click on Cool Stuff. Go to Dating Customs Around the World.
        Read about dating customs in Iran, briefly explain below.
        _______________________________________________________________
        _____________________________________________________________

        Click on Homework Center. Click on the link to the subject of Geography and then
        click on The Study of Geography. Click on Find Latitude and Longitude, and type in
        the name of “your town”, North Dakota and find out the latitude and longitude of
        your town. What did you find out?
        __________________________________________________________

        Go back to to Homework Center. Click on Studying: Go to Studying for Tests.

        Read all four parts: Before the Test, Studying in a Group, Ten Tips for Taking Tests,
        and After the Test.



        Leave Fact Monster and write in                                  about Homework Helpers.




10/09                                  Choices Explorer – Lesson 2                         Page 1
 Go back to the                   tab on your toolbar.


 2.     Scroll down to                      . Here you will find what you should be doing
                   th
        in the 8        grade.

        You can look at all the grades 9-12 so you have an idea of what planning is to be done
        throughout high school to be prepared for what is ahead after high school. This just
        shows general guidelines, your counselor may have a checklist that is specific for
        your school.

 Go back to the                   tab on your toolbar.

 3.     In the search box type: how-to-study.com and click go;

        Click on Successful Study Techniques, then click on http://www.how-to-study.com

        Click on Setting Goals.

 What are the three W’s of Goals:

 1. __________________________________

 2. __________________________________

 3. __________________________________

 What are the characteristics of appropriate goals:

 1. ____________________________                    4. ____________________________

 2. ____________________________                    5. ____________________________

 3. ____________________________

 Write an academic goal you have (below or journal in your portfolio) that includes the
 above criteria:

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

10/09                              Choices Explorer – Lesson 2                          Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                           Lesson 3
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                           Career Clusters and You

Log on to: www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                      .

Go to the                       tab on your toolbar.

Look at the                     side of this page.

Go to Find matching career clusters. Learn how the activities you like,
your personal qualities and your favorite subjects are related to the North
Dakota Career Clusters.


If you have not taken the Cluster Finder, click                          .

If you have previously completed the Cluster Finder go to; See your results
now. Look at your top cluster and your ranking. Scroll down to see what you
listed for the:
                             Activities You Like
                                        Personal Qualities
                                         School Subjects

If what you chose doesn’t seem to fit you anymore you may want to
retake the Cluster Finder.

Look at your top three clusters, for each cluster click on:
         View careers in this cluster – Add interesting careers to your
          portfolio to explore later.
         View programs in this cluster – Look at the programs listed. Add
          any interesting ones to your portfolio to look at later.
         View school course plan – Look the plans of study to see what
          classes you should be taking in high school for each cluster.




10/09                                Choices Explorer – Lesson 3                  Page 1
For the cluster that you are most interested in, click on:
     Use this cluster for your school course plan

Look at what is recommended for this cluster. Also consider what classes
your school offers (you can get a high school list from your School Counselor
or high School Principal) and compare the two.

Look at the North Dakota Plan of Study given for the cluster you chose.
Either print the Plan of Study sheet or save it as a file you can add later to

        .

Here is how to save a file to your portfolio:

Go to the         tab.


Go to                    , click on Your Activities.

Click on Add a File, then choose              and find your saved document.

Choose a title for your document, for example: ND Hospitality Plan of Study.

Click on Upload this file and return to Your Activities.

Now the ND Cluster Plan of Study has been saved to your portfolio. Keep
this for future reference.



  Question of the Day

How does knowing what courses you should take in high school help you to
prepare for your chosen career? Discuss as a group.




10/09                       Choices Explorer – Lesson 3                   Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                             Lesson 4

                                      Programs and Majors by Cluster
           2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com


 Log on to: www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                        .


 Go to the                       tab on your toolbar.
 Answer some quick questions about your interests, and then check out the suggested
 majors.

 Under the                          , Click on Major Finder:

 Choose the words that are most interesting to you, don’t worry about how they’re
 connected to programs or careers. If you are having trouble, choose things that you
 think might interest you in the future. Take some educated guesses, there must be a few
 that look OK!

 Based on your choices, these should be a good match for you. If they seem terribly off,
 take the Major Finder again.

 Look at your top 5 majors in more detail. List them below and click on the link for
 each. (While you’re there, you can save the majors that interest you most to Your
 Portfolio. Click on Add to Your Portfolio in the top right hand corner of the page.)

 1. ______________________________________________

 2. ______________________________________________

 3. ______________________________________________

 4. ______________________________________________

 5. ______________________________________________




                          Look at the Profile and Talking to Students tabs for each to
                          see what would be expected in each major.


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 Search Majors by Subject Matter
 Go to the           tab on your toolbar.

 Look at the area labeled                          . Here you can find programs
 and majors related to the subjects you enjoy or do well in.

 Choose a subject.

 Subject: ______________________ Is it a “Core” subject? _________

 From the list of                            , choose your three top choices
 and write them here:

 1. ____________________________________________

 2.____________________________________________

 3.____________________________________________

                Read the Profile and Talking to Students for each to see
                what would be expected in each major and add any ones that
                stand out to Your Portfolio.



 Now that you have explored both careers and majors, what do you think is
 the difference between the two? Explain or discuss in class.
 _________________________________________________________

 _________________________________________________________

 _________________________________________________________

 _________________________________________________________

 _________________________________________________________


11/09                       Choices Explorer – Lesson 4                   Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                            Lesson 5

                                                  Learning About Life
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com


 Log on to:          www.RUReadyND.com                         and sign in

 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 There is more to life than just work. You need to balance work and other outside
 activities. Explore the descriptions of interesting and sometimes unique recreational and
 volunteer activities. Choose the cluster you selected in the last lesson to guide your
 search. If you can’t remember what your top cluster was, go to your portfolio and it will
 be listed there.


 Under the                             heading, click on your chosen cluster. Select
 two Volunteering Categories and list them here.

 1. ____________________________________

 2. ____________________________________

 Scroll down to read the Real Stories and How to Get Involved for each.


 Return to the                    tab. Under the                           heading, click on
 your chosen cluster. Select two Recreation Categories and list them here:

 1. ____________________________________

 2. ____________________________________

 Sometimes hobbies, activities, and your volunteer activities can
 turn into really great career opportunities.




10/09                                 Choices Explorer – Lesson 5                        Page 1
 Return to the        tab.


 Find              at the bottom right of the page.


                                    Read the articles to
                                    see how volunteering
                                    can give you the
                                    necessary skills for
                                    many great careers,
                                    including your dream
                                    job!




 Look at                 which you’ll also find when are at the
        tab.

 Click on the Recreation Experts link                  .

 You will find a list of Recreation Experts. Pick the one that
 interests you the most and read what the expert has to say about
 your favorite recreational activity.

 What did you pick? ___________________________________


 Don’t forget to add careers to your portfolio!
10/09                    Choices Explorer – Lesson 5          Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                           Lesson 6

                                            What is the Latest Buzz
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com


    Exploring Careers in your Cluster by Using Articles, Videos,
                Advanced Search Tools, and the Career Finder


 Log on to:          www.RUReadyND.com.                            Sign in to

 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 Now that you are familiar with your favorite cluster, let’s check out The Buzz about the
 world of work.



 Find                      and click on The Buzz. Check out the latest trends and
 opportunities in the world of work and self-employment. Click on your favorite career
 cluster from the menu on the left, and then select a few titles from the three article
 types below. Also click on a few that you wouldn’t normally consider, something may catch
 your interest.

 Look at the:
       Employment Trends
       Opportunities
       Self Employment


 Go back to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 Go to:

 You can explore careers with videos. Click on the Career Videos link, watch a
 few that catch your eye.




10/09                                Choices Explorer – Lesson 6                    Page 1
 Using the Advanced Search Tool to Find Careers
 Between the Career Clusters, The Buzz and the videos, you should have some keywords in
 mind regarding your interest in the world of work.


 Go back to the                  tab on your toolbar.

 Go to:

 Click on the Keyword Search link.
 Think of some keywords that caught your interest from the exploration you just
 completed. Type these keywords into the Search for field and click go.




                                                                                 Click on the
                                                                               results links one
                                                                                  at a time.
                                                                                Use your back
                                                                              button to return
                                                                                to the results




 Go back to the                tab on your toolbar.
 Complete the              Answer some quick questions about your interests and skills,
 then check out the suggested careers. If you click on any of the listed careers you will
 see how closely your interests and skills match what is needed for that career. Just hit
 the back button to see another career.


                                          Click on:

                                          Great ways to use Career Finder

                                          Look what else you can do with this great tool!




10/09                            Choices Explorer – Lesson 6                            Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                            Lesson 7

                                               Education and Training
          2nd Year Curriculum

      www.RUReadyND.com


 Log on to: www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                           .

 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 Scroll to the bottom left corner of the                        page.

                            Click on Preparing for College.


 Here, you will see three categories.:



 Look at                                  and go to: How to Select a College or University.

 Read the Introduction and How To sections.


 On the        tab, select: What are some academic factors to consider?
 Then Select: What are some non-academic factors to consider?


 What are some factors to consider when choosing a college or university?

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

 2.     What is most important to you?

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

 __________________________________________________________________

10/09                                 Choices Explorer – Lesson 7                        Page 1
 Go back to                          on the                page.

 Look under the                                     heading and click on Campus
 Tours.com.

 Click on the link to the campustours.com website at the
 bottom.

        We are going to take a virtual tour of 3 North Dakota colleges.

 Go to: Search By State. Select North Dakota from the pull down menu
 and click Search State.

 Three ND colleges are listed.

 View Details of the three listed. Look at the programs offered, too.




 Click on the tour button for each. An interactive map will come up, click on what you want
 to see. After you leave the tours, look at each site and compare each college/university.

 Which school is the least expensive? ____________ Most Expensive? ____________

 What is the cost of Room and Board for each school?

 _____________________ _____________________ _____________________

 Which school has the most students enrolled? _____________ Least? ____________

 After you are done looking at the three schools, if you had to choose one of these
 schools, which school would you choose? ____________________________________

 Why? _____________________________________________________________



    Today was just a small example of how to look at different schools.
            Remember, there are lots of options available for you.
10/09                            Choices Explorer – Lesson 7                          Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                        Lesson 8 – Part 1

                                                 I Want to Go to Work
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com


 Log on to:          www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to
 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 Scroll down to the bottom left of the Work Page to see the following list:

                                                              You may work in
                                                                    groups or
                                                               individually for
                                                                 this activity



 Click on Job Hunting. At some point, most of us have to look for work.
 Check out the collection of advice and articles here.
        Looking for Jobs- Go to: Part-Time Jobs for Students
        Applying for Work –Go to: Job Seeking In Cyberspace
        Interview Advice – Go to: How To Ace Your Job Interview

 You can also find out how to write a great resume and cover letter under
 Applying for Work. (Optional Activity)

 Return to the                       tab and find                          .


 Click on Starting a Business. More and more people are deciding that they
 want to work for themselves. Find out how to make it happen by reading
 some of the listed Self Employment Stories, they are listed by cluster.
 Pick your favorite one.

 Which one did you choose to learn about? ____________________________
10/09                                Choices Explorer – Lesson 8–Part 1             Page 1
 How would you like to be paid while you learn? These are called
 Apprenticeships.


 Return to the                tab and find                                         .

 Click on Apprenticeships and see the many exciting careers that offer apprenticeships.
 Choose two and read about them. List the two you picked.

 1. ___________________________ 2. __________________________


 Return to the                tab and find                                         .


 Click on Career Planning. Choose the link: How to Interpret and Use Labor Market
 Information. Read the Introduction and go to the How to portion of this article. Using
 up-to-date labor information can help you see what careers are in high demand and offer
 high wages.


 Go back to the                  tab on your toolbar.
 On the right side, half way down, click on: Return to Your Tools.

 Next click on: Hot Jobs
                                 The Hot Jobs information is brought to you by Job Service North Dakota through the
                                 Workforce Intelligence Network. These top 40 Hot Jobs are based on the latest
                                 projected growth factors as published in the ND Employment Projections 2006-2016.
                                 Each job listed must meet 3 criteria:
                                 1) largest projected growth over long-term
                                 2) projected growth percentage above the statewide average over the long term, and
                                 3) generate a typical wage higher than the state’s overall average.




 Scroll down the page to see the top hot jobs listed. If you click on the job link, it
 will tell you:
       The education/training that is required for each job.
       The typical annual wage in various areas of North Dakota
       Growth projections for the job
       Brief description of what they do and the skills needed.

                          Look at several hot jobs on this list. Write in your
                          journal something that you learned about today.


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        Choices Explorer                                       Lesson 8 – Part 2

                                                I Want to Go to Work
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com

 Log on to:         www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                                 .




 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

 Scroll down to the bottom left of the Work page to see the following list:


                                         Click on Surviving in the Workplace. You
                                         can work together or individually on this
                                                              activity.




                                                                     Here you’ll find a long
                                                                 list of great tips to help you
                                                                  be successful and survive in
                                                                         the workplace.

                                                               Have your group select several
                                                                   articles and share your
                                                               findings with the entire group.

                                                                           Good luck!




10/09                               Choices Explorer – Lesson 8–Part 2                   Page 1
        Choices Explorer                                            Lesson 9

                                         Creating Your Plan of Study
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com


 Log on to: www.RUReadyND.com. Sign in to                                        .

 Go to the                      tab on your toolbar.

                                 Select High School Planning. Each cluster
                                 has high school courses related to it. Choose your
                                 high interest cluster to look at a set of courses
                                 you should take in high school.



 You can keep the specialized cluster course plan and edit it to match the courses your
 school offers or create your own from scratch.

 You can do this by selecting Course Plan Builder. Next, click on Start a new school course
 plan. (You an use recommended courses to help to fill in your personal course plan or if
 you don’t want recommendations, you may click on skip this step.)

 Let’s start with your 7th and 8th grade plan.

 Click on Grades 7-8 at the top.

 Click Edit under the 7th grade math, Select Add another course.

 In the area                               , for the Course Name type in Math 7. For the
 Course Status, select Complete. For Credits, select 1.0. Next, from the Grade Letter
 drop down menu, select the letter grade you earned.




10/09                                 Choices Explorer – Lesson 9                     Page 1
 Be sure to Click:                                  after you are done.

 Now click Add Another Course and put in your 8th grade math class, only put Planned
 instead of Completed in the drop down menu.

 It should look like this:




 Be sure to Click:                                 after you are done.



 Now finish typing in all the other classes you have completed from 7th grade and include
 the grades you earned.

 Next, type in the 8th grade courses that you are presently taking, without the grades. It

 is a good idea to click on                               after each course you type in.


 Now your junior high plan is complete. Make certain you check the
 box in the upper right area of your course plan to save your plan. You will still be able to
 go back and make changes.

 After your 8th grade year is over, you’ll be able to add in the grades you earned in each
 class.

 Great job! 



10/09                             Choices Explorer – Lesson 9                           Page 2
        Choices Explorer                                                Lesson 10
          2nd Year Curriculum

   www.RUReadyND.com                            RUReady for High School

 Log on to:          www.RUReadyND.com                            and sign in

 Go to the                        tab on your toolbar.

                                        Planning for your 9th-12th grade courses is next.

                                                      Click on Course Plan Builder.




 For this activity, it is helpful to get a list of required courses from your School Counselor
 if you are creating your own Course Plan. Or you may choose your school’s Recommended
 Course Plan instead of starting from scratch if it is available. You may also select the
 Recommend Course Plan for the cluster of your choice to see which courses are
 recommended.

 This is how the Course Plan Builder looks when you are starting from scratch. Click the

                                box when you have completed your plan.




 Review your portfolio. Your saved course plan will be there for next year.
10/09                                    Choices Explorer – Lesson 10                   Page 1
  Choices Planner
www.RUReadyND.com
                                High School Curriculum


                           Introductory Activity
                                  Lottery Life


                        Login and Using Guideways

                       Overview of Choices Planner
                                Scavenger Hunt


                                 Work Page
                     Finding a Career That is Right For You
                             Cluster Finder Activity
                           Interest Profiler Activity
                              Work Values Sorter
                                  Getting a Job
                              Basic Skills Activity

                                 Learn Page
                     College Search - Using School Finder
                    What Classes are Required in High School
                        Your High School Plan of Study
                           Financial Help for College
       Choices Planner
   www.RUReadyND.com
                                                         Lottery Life
 Take a moment to consider the following questions:

 1. Congratulations! You have just won the $100 million lottery jackpot. However, a precondition
    is that you have to spend it all, on yourself only, within the upcoming year. Take a moment and
    think about what you will do with this money.
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________

 2. It has now been one year since you won your $100 million jackpot and you have already
    traveled the world, bombarded your family and friends with gifts, and purchased a few
    cars and homes. You also have enough money in your bank account to never have to work
    again. Take a moment to assess the situation. How will you spend your time now?
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________

 3. Congratulations again! You must have a four-leaf clover in your pocket because you just
    won another pot of gold! This time you won $50 million, but it is under the condition that
    you give it all away, and within the next year. How will you allot it?
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________

 4. Decades have passed and you are now 80 years old. How do you envision people will talk
    about you and the life you have lived? Do the significant and important things they say
    pertain to your resume or to other factors?
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________

 Now, look back at your answers for patterns that will help you tie this into career
 development. Consider what you need in your life to be happy. Keep this at the
 core of your self-assessment. Your daydreams are just as important as your
 exposure to different career fields. Keep these values in mind as you explore
 different career paths.

6/09                               Choices Planner – Lottery Life                           Page 1
        Choices Planner
   www.RUReadyND.com
                                             Login and Using Guideways

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com.




 Student Sign in Page                                                 If you already have a
                                                                      portfolio, just use the same
                                                                      portfolio name and password
                                                                      to access your information.
   If you are new and don’t have a portfolio, or you
   don’t remember your old one from last year,
   click on: Create a new portfolio
                                                                       This brings you to your
   Note: A portfolio name must be unique to you, something
   you can remember for 4 or more years. It must be 4 or more
   characters long with no spaces; you can use either your email       North Dakota Tools
   address or first name.last name. Your password must be
                                                                                  Page
   different than your portfolio name and must be 4 or more
   characters.



                                                                                  Select
                                                                              Choices Planner
                                                                                   Here



                                                                              RUReady?
10/09                           Choices Planner – Login and Using Guideways                Page 1
 This is your HOME Page.
                                                                These are your top
                                                                tabs, your Tool Bar

                                                                You can quickly go to
                                                                any page at any time.




 These are your Recommended Guideways, Go to:


          Guideway 1 if you are just starting your career planning.

          Guideway 2 if you already have a career in mind.

          Guideway 3 if you want to choose a major and a college.




  You can even work on these at home or during a study hall.
      Remember to save your results to your Portfolio.

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                                                      Scavenger Hunt

1.    If you have both Choices Explorer and Choices Planner, how do you return to Your Tools?
      _____________________________________________________________________
      _____________________________________________________________________



2.    Locate                          and return to                                 Select Choices
      Planner     .


3.    You will see these tabs at the top of the page. This is the              toolbar.

                                                                     Check here if you have
                                                                     located these tabs: 

                                                               .


4.    Go to the                tab.

5.    Locate                     and click on All About You. Click on Edit Personal Info. Edit your
      information and then be sure to Save. Click on Add or change your interests. Add some
      interests to your portfolio.

6.    Scroll down to Work Interest Areas, click on: Try the Interest Profiler.
      Complete the assessment. Note: it will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

      What are Your Top Interest Areas?

      1. _____________________ 2. _____________________ 3. _____________________

      Click on Check out careers matching your interests     . List three careers from your list.

      1. _____________________ 2. _____________________ 3. _____________________


      What are the top three clusters associated with your three careers?

      Cluster 1_____________________________________________

      Cluster 2_____________________________________________

      Cluster 3_____________________________________________


7.    Locate and click on Your Network. Click on Add people to Your Network. Go ahead and add
      at least two people to your list.

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8.    Locate and click on Your Experiences. Click on Add experiences. Go ahead and add one
      experience to your list.

9.    Look at the section Entrance Test Scores. This is where you can add your test scores when
      you get them. Talk to you School Counselor about when you will take these.

10. Go back to the                   tab. In the section labeled                          , click on:
    Your Journal. Add a journal entry.


11.   Click on the                    tab again. Find the section labeled                   . This is
      where your plan of study (also called a course plan) is located. We will create one later if you
      don’t have one now.


12. Go to the            tab, on your toolbar, select the Career Finder. What does the Career
    Finder help you to do? ____________________________________________________
      ___________________________________________________________________
      ___________________________________________________________________

      Using the Career Finder, click on School Subjects.
      Select the school subjects that interest you (click in the box).

      Click on See Your Matching Careers      . List at least two careers that were suggested:

      Career 1._______________________________

      Career 2._______________________________                    Read each Career Profile

      What are the Average Hourly Wages for the two careers that you chose?

      Career 1.______________________ Career 2._____________________

      What are the Average Annual Wages for the careers you chose?

      Career 1.______________________ Career 2._____________________

      What are two skills you might need for this career?

      1.___________________________2.________________________

      Add these two careers to your portfolio by clicking on Add to Portfolio in the upper right

      hand corner of the career information article.


13. Click on the      tab. List the self assessments you can take. Hint: look at the right
    of the screen.
    _____________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________

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    What can you learn from doing the Work Values Sorter? __________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________



14. Look in the middle column of the          page to find                        and click on
    Compare Careers. Choose two careers using the search box and do a comparison.
    List two similarities:
    1. _________________________________ 2. ________________________________
    List two differences:
    1. _________________________________ 2. ________________________________



15. Locate the                             function on the             Page.

    Look up Registered Nurse.

    What is the average annual wage for a Registered Nurse in:

    Bismarck? ____________________           Fargo? ____________________

    How does that compare to the National Average? ________________________________

    How many job openings are expected in ND? ____________________________________

    What is the expected growth? ______________________________________________

    Check out the Military Options.

    What are the Skills You Need? Top three?

    1. _____________________ 2. _____________________ . 3. ____________________



16. Go to your toolbar, Click on the         . Find                and click on the School Finder

    link.

    How many search topics are available to help you look for colleges? ___________________

    List the top four characteristics you would use in your search for colleges.

    1._______________ 2.________________ 3._________________ 4.______________

    Go to Key Facts. Check the North Dakota box only. Scroll to the bottom and select See

    your list of schools

    Look at each school, how many offer:

    Vocational/Technical programs? _____________________

    Associate Degrees? ______________________________

    Bachelor’s Degrees? ______________________________

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17. Now we’re going to do a search for nursing schools in North Dakota.

    Click on the menu item                 , Find the Health Science section and check the box

    in front of Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).

    Scroll to the bottom and select See your list of schools

    How many are there? _____________



    Go back and check Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert., Dipl, AAS)

    How many schools have that program?___________



18. What did you like about using Choices Planner today?

    _____________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________



19. What did you dislike about using Choices Planner today?

    _____________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________



Reflect on these questions in                          .



            You have now completed the Scavenger Hunt. 




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          Choices Planner
                                            Finding a Career That is Right for You
       www.RUReadyND.com

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                              on your tools page.

 Click on the             tab. Locate the                    and click on Career Finder.

 Here you can search for careers by Earnings, Education Level, Career Clusters and more. Once you’ve
 selected your search criteria, click on See Your Matching Careers at the bottom of the page.
 Now, choose two careers that interest you and answer the following questions. (Copy this page back to
 back for the two careers)
 1.     Write down the definition of this career. (What tasks are associated with this job?) ____________

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 2.     What do they do? ______________________________________________________________

 3.     Does this career match your interest area? ___________________________________________

 4.     Also take a look at the Work Values and Aptitudes (Is This for You tab). What is an aptitude? ____

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 5.     What is the Average Annual Wage for this career (Money & Outlook tab)? Compare National to ND.

        National _________________________________ ND _________________________________

 6.     What is the expected Growth for this field (Money & Outlook tab)? _________________________

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 7.     Select Skills You Need from the left menu, check out the Basic Skills, Transferable Skills, and
        Workplace Skills for the career you chose. (If you’re not sure what your skills are, check out the
        various skills checklists on the WORK page.) What is the difference between Transferable Skills and
        Workplace Skills? ______________________________________________________________

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 8.     What level of education do you need to do this job (What to Learn tab)? _____________________

 9.     Name two                 ? ______________________________________________________

 10.    What classes in high school do you think would best prepare you for this career? ________________

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 11.    Click on the Connections tab, look under Associations and click on a link if available. Write down
        something interesting you read about or the name of an Association. _________________________

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 12.    What would you like about doing this career? Dislike? ___________________________________

        ____________________________________________________________________________

 Reflect on these questions in                           .
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                                         Cluster Finder Activity

Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                        on your tools page.

Click on the         tab.

A list of Career Clusters will appear on the left hand side of the page.


                                          Choose two Career Clusters
                                              that interest you.
                                         Write the two Career Clusters
                                      that you choose on the lines below.



  When you click on a cluster, a list of careers will appear. Explore five
  careers in each cluster that grab your attention the most. Every time you
  explore a career, write it down in the given space below. When you click on
                      it will sort your list by education level.

                      _________________________________
  The five careers I liked:                       Education Level
  1. _________________________________       ______________________
  2. _________________________________       ______________________
  3. _________________________________       ______________________
  4. _________________________________       ______________________
  5. _________________________________       ______________________


                      _________________________________
  The five careers I liked:                       Education Level
  6. _________________________________       ______________________
  7. _________________________________       ______________________
  8. _________________________________       ______________________
  9. _________________________________       ______________________
  10. _________________________________      ______________________


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                                         Interest Profiler Activity

Learn about yourself! The more you know about what kind of work you like, the better
chance you have of finding the perfect career. The goals of the Interest Profiler are to
find your work interests and help you match them to career options.

Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                            on your tools page.

Click on Interest Profiler.




1.     Click on                          .

2. When you have finished answering the 180 questions you will be provided with a
   report about Your Top Interest Areas. Read this report. When you have finished,
   click on Check out careers matching your interests.

                         Read about the careers on your list.

3. When you are finished you will need to answer the questions on the next page in the

                       section of            . Click on the your portfolio tab on your toolbar
       to get started journaling.




6/09                        Choices Planner – Interest Profiler Activity                Page 1
  Click on Your Journal.

  Click on Add a new journal entry.




                                                                                       .



Answer the following questions in                           ,or on this sheet.

List and define your top two interest areas.

1. _________________________________________________________________

2. _________________________________________________________________

Write 3-4 sentences about why you think these interest areas are true about your
personality: _________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Choose two careers.

1. _______________________________ 2. _______________________________

In 4-5 sentences, describe what a person does in the 2 careers you selected: _________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Write about why the careers you chose are good matches for your top interest areas.
Use examples from your top interest areas to support your decisions. ______________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________


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                                                           Work Values Sorter

 Learn about yourself! The more you know about what kind of work you like, the better
 chance you have of finding the perfect career. Look at the list of work values below,
 read the description for each. Think about which are more important to you. Which do
 you think would be most important to an employer?

        • Abilities - you have the opportunity to use your talents and abilities in your work.
        • Advancement - you get raises and promotions.
        • Direct others - you are in a position of authority and will tell other workers what to do.
        • Co-workers - the people that you work with are pleasant and easy to get along with.
        • Creativity - you get the chance to try out your own ideas.
        • Work alone - you won’t be interrupted by others as you complete your tasks.
        • Make decisions - you are responsible for identifying solutions and making the choices.
        • Help people - your work involves giving direction and instruction to others.
        • Job security - you are assured that your job will be there as long as you want it.
        • Variety - you do many different kinds of tasks.




 Go to www.RUReadyND.com.                     Choose                    on your tools page.


 Click on: Work Values Sorter. The goal of this assessment is to find your work values and
 help you match them to career options.




 Click on Start Ranking Your Values.
        When you have finished ranking your values, click on Continue to Work Values
        Profile and you will be provided with a report about Your Top Work Values.
         Read this report.
         When you have finished, click on View Careers Matching Your Work Values.
         Read about the careers on your list.


 When you are finished, answer the questions on the next page in the                                   section

 of               .



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 Click on this tab to get started journaling.


       Click on Your Journal.

       Click on Add a new journal
       entry.

                                                                                                .



 Answer the following questions in                      or on this page.

 List and define your top two work values. __________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________

 Write 3-4 sentences about why you think these work values are true about your personality. ____
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________

 Choose 2 careers from your list.

 1. ___________________________________ 2. _________________________________

 In 4-5 sentences describe what a person does in each career.
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________

 For each career write about why the careers you chose are good matches for your top work
 values. Use examples from your top work values list to support your decisions.
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________

 Think about if you were hiring someone to work at your business, what would be most important to
 you? Explain why. ___________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________
 _________________________________________________________________________



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                                                             Getting a Job

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                                  on your tools page.


 Select the                   tab, on your toolbar. Find                                      .

                                           Resume Builder-Go through 10 quick steps to creating your resume.
                                           You also can view sample résumés. Your finished resume can be
                                           saved in your portfolio too.

                                           Job Interview Practice-The questions are based on the type of job
                                           you are applying for. You can go through some frequently asked
                                           question to quiz yourself or each other. You can practice as much
                                           as you need to.

                                           Cover Letter Creator-Here you can learn when to write a cover
                                           letter and what type to write. You can save these too.

                                           Thank-you Letter Builder- Here you can learn what to include in a
                                           thank-you letter. Samples are given for you to use as an example.


 Jobs can be difficult to get and giving a good first impression can make a difference. This includes a sharp
 resume and practicing your job interview skills. You can also contact your local Job Service to see what
 jobs are available in your area.


 Go back to your Tools Page.


                                                                                    Click on this Hot Jobs
                                                                                      badge to get more
                                                                                    information about jobs
                                                                                    that are hot right now.




                                                                                            Click on
                                                                                     Career Conversations
                                                                                    to hear real people talk
                                                                                      about their jobs in
                                                                                        North Dakota.



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                                               Basic Skills Activity
 Learn about yourself! Knowing more about your skills helps you figure out
 which skills need more development to achieve your career goals.

 Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                            on your tools page.

 Click on: Basic Skills Survey. Figure out what basic skills you have and match them to
 careers. The goal of this survey is to help you assess your basic skills and match them to
 career options.




                                         RUReady?                        After doing the
                                                                         Skills Survey you
                                                                         will be able to
                                                                         Review matching
                                                                         careers.

                                                                                    or

                                                                         Click a title to
                                                                         view a list of the
                                                                         careers requiring
                                                                         a high level of
                                                                         that basic skill.




 Reminder: Add interesting careers to                                     .
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                                College Search-Using School Finder

Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                      on your tools page.   I wonder how
                                                                           much it costs
                                                                           a year to go
  On the HOME
                                                                           to college.
  page, click on
  School Finder




                   View schools based on the characteristics you select

                         Key Facts- Select your preferences
                           o   WHERE do you want to go to school?
                           o   What KIND OF PROGRAM interests you?
                           o   Do you want to go to a PUBLIC OR PRIVATE school?
                           o   Campus setting – RURAL OR URBAN?
                           o   What SIZE OF SCHOOL do you want to attend?




Go through each menu item so you are familiar with how to look for
schools that meet your preferences. You can find the perfect school for
YOU!

Note: If you click too many preferences and are not finding what you want
just click Start Over.

                           Be sure to add to your portfolio any schools you want to
                           save for later.



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                                       College Comparison
                         A Worksheet for the College Selection Process
  Fill out the following chart by looking on the Choices Planner LEARN page or by going to school websites listed.

       Preference          What I Want         College Choice #1       College Choice #2      College Choice #3

 Major/ Program


 Tuition and Costs-in
 State


 Out of State


 How hard is it to be
 admitted?


 Ratio: Faculty to
 Students


 Size of Town/ City



 How Many Students



 % Girl - % Boys


 Admission
 Requirements


 ACT Scores


 What I like about
 this school.


 What I dislike about
 this school.


 Activities they offer
 that I like.


 Other:




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            Choices Planner
                                                    What Classes are Required in High School?
    www.RUReadyND.com

                                     Your High School Graduation Requirements
                           _______English, ________________________________________________
                           _______Math, _________________________________________________
                           _______Science, _______________________________________________
                           _______Social Sciences, _________________________________________
                           _______Physical Education/Health, _________________________________
                           _______Electives, ______________________________________________
                           _______Other, ________________________________________________
                           _______Total


                                      ND High School Graduation Requirements

 2009-2010
       22 units required, no student may graduate from a high school in this state unless the student demonstrates successful
       completion of the following:
       1.      Four units of English language arts;
       2.      Two units of mathematics;
       3.      Two units of science;
       4.      Three units of social studies, which may include one-half unit of ND studies and one-half unit of multicultural studies;
       5.      One unit of physical education, which may include up to one-half unit of health
       6.      One unit of a foreign or Native American language, fine arts, or career and technical education.


 2010-2011 and Beyond
      22 units required, no student may graduate from a high school in this state unless the student demonstrates successful
      completion of the following:
      1.      Four units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech;
       2.      Three units of mathematics;
       3.      Three units of science, including:
               a.    One unit of physical science;
               b.    One unit of biology; and
               c.    (1)   One unit of any other science; or
                     (2) Two one-half units of any other science;
       4       Three units of social studies, including:
               a.    One unit of United States history;
               b.    (1)   One-half unit of United States government and one-half unit of economics; or
                     (2) One unit of problems of democracy; and
               c.    One unit or two one-half units of any other social studies, which may include civics, civilization, geography and
                     history, multicultural studies, North Dakota studies, psychology, sociology, and world history;
       5.      a.    One unit of physical education; or
               b.    One-half unit of physical education and one-half unit of health;
       6.      Three units of:
               a.    Foreign languages;
               b.    Native American languages;
               c.    Fine arts; or
               d.    Career and technical education courses; and
       7.      Any five additional units.

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                                  North Dakota University System
                                      Admission Requirements
                              (North Dakota 4-year Colleges and Universities)

   If you plan to apply to a four-year university, you need to have taken a core curriculum of certain
   courses in high school. The purpose of these admission requirements is to ensure that students
   entering North Dakota's public four-year universities are academically prepared to succeed. Courses
   at the secondary level in content are required in the following areas, regardless of student age or
   grade when taking the course:
       • 4 units of English, including the development of written and oral communication skills
       • 3 units of mathematics, Algebra I and above
       • 3 units each of laboratory science, including at least 1 unit each in 2 or more of the following:
           biology, chemistry, physics, or physical science
       • 3 units of social studies, excluding consumer education, cooperative marketing, orientation to
           social science, and marriage/family.
   An ACT or SAT score is required for applicants under the age of 25.

   The State Board of Higher Education strongly recommends that high school students intending to
   enroll in baccalaureate universities take Algebra II (Advanced Algebra) and 2 units of a single
   classical or modern language, including American Sign Language or Native American languages.



   For more information, visit:
           http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/57-2001/docs/pdf/3930401.pdf or www.ndus.edu.




                         ND Two-Year Campus Admission Requirements

       •   *High school graduation or successful completion of the GED (no specific course requirements
           for general admission)
       •   An ACT or SAT score is required for applicants under the age of 25.
       •   Specific programs and major fields may have additional requirements for admission (courses,
           test scores, etc.)

       *Also a requirement at ND University Systems’ 4-year schools




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        Choices Planner
                                       Your High School Plan of Study
    www.RUReadyND.com

Create a course plan or borrow one already developed from your favorite
career cluster. Your course plan is your plan of academic study that
prepares you for the career you want in the future.
                                                                                      I hope I’m taking
                                                                                       the right classes
                                                                                      in high school for

Career planning includes:                                                             the major I want.



•   Your past and present experiences
•   Your academic and work skills
•   Activities you enjoy
•   Training requirements for career choice
•   Desire to succeed



                           RUReady? Let’s Get Started!

Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                    on your tools page.


On the           tab on your toolbar, select either:

            High School Planning                        Course Plan Builder
                                            OR




        To select a plan from a career             Create a plan from scratch or
       cluster, click on the cluster link            select your recommended
         and add it to your portfolio.              school plan if it is available.

You can edit both plans each year to include the classes you have taken or are taking. You
can even keep track of your grades for each class.



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       Choices Planner
                                        Financial Help for College
  www.RUReadyND.com

Go to www.RUReadyND.com. Choose                        on your tools page.


Select the           tab on your toolbar.

                                     Select Federal Financial Aid. College costs are
                                     expensive and most students need some type of
                                     financial aid and scholarship funds to help pay for
                                     their post secondary education. Many students
                                     also have a part time job while going to school.


A career of your choice may require a college degree. Although a college
degree is a very valuable investment towards your future, it can be difficult
to pay for. For this reason, students can apply for loans, grants and
scholarships to help them with their college expenses.



        Unfortunately money
        doesn’t just drop out
             of the sky.




All of these options require some effort on your part. You must fill out the
proper paperwork and get them in by the listed deadlines. Remember loans
you need to pay back in full with interest. Grants and scholarships don’t
have to be paid back. Scholarships are an award, therefore sometimes more
difficult to earn.

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Click on each heading and explain briefly what is involved with each type of
aid. You can write about each on this worksheet.

Plus Loans _________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

Stafford Loans _____________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

Federal Pell Grants___________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

Federal Perkins Loan_________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant___________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

Federal Work Study Program___________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________

                                                    Now click on the Scholarship Finder
                                                    on the LEARN page. Answer a few
                                                    questions to customize your search,
                                                    and then look at your results. Be
                                                    sure to also check with your School
                                                    Counselor for any other scholarships
                                                    you may be eligible for. Good Luck!




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