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First Ring Superintendents' Collaborative Career Readiness Resources
In support of the First Ring’s Superintendent’s Collaborative vision of lifelong success for its students, the First Ring Collaborative has compiled resources for First Ring districts regarding Career Readiness. These resources include guidance and preparation for multiple post-graduation pathways.

According to the Future of the U.S. Workforce series which can be found at
  • The U.S. workforce will require more education and skills in the near future
  • Low skills jobs provide few opportunities for advancement or security
  • The skills mismatch is real (more skills are needed for available jobs)
  • There are many pathways to middle and high skills jobs, but education and training beyond high school is the common denominator.
What is needed to be Career Ready?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) define career readiness as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. The competencies associated with career readiness are:
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Oral/written communication
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Digital technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Worth ethic
  • Career management
  • Global/intercultural fluency
See this link for detailed information about these competencies:

More NACE Career Readiness resources [sample materials and assessments]:

Career Awareness

Career awareness is an exploration of possible career pathways and job opportunities as well as understanding what skills are needed in order to be successful. Many students learn more about themselves if they take a career interest inventory or assessment. Some of the student management systems, such as Naviance, have career inventories available.

Career Interest Inventories or Assessments:

Ohio Means Jobs [Explore it]

U.S. Department of Labor [Search careers, browse careers, take an interest inventory] [Career Exploration using O-NET Interest Profiler] [assessments, occupation, career videos, salaries, state by state information]

CollegeBoard’s RoadTrip Nation [requires registration for a free account]

Big Future [CollegeBoard] [major and career search]

Cuyahoga Community College [Career Coach]

Battelle For Kids – College and Career Readiness Resources

Career Exploration & Planning

Career exploration and planning involves looking at specific career interests more in depth such as participating in career shadowing or internships, examining self-awareness about one’s skills, participating in service learning, and developing a plan to achieve one’s goals.

U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Outlook Handbook [provides information about different occupations, salaries, and education needed for occupations]

Ohio Means Jobs [Plan It]

Ohio Means Jobs [Career Clusters]

Ohio Means Jobs [Career Fairs and Workshops]

Ohio Department of Education [Career Pathways]

College Credit Plus [Earn credit for college while in high school]

Career InfoNet [certification finder, salaries, resume help, career videos (also in Spanish).

National Association of Colleges and Employers [salary information]

Advance → State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work --
National Career Technical Education Foundation
[Career Clusters, Knowledge & Skills statements, Plan of Study]

MAP Your Career [Workforce Development Council – Seattle]

Career Assessment Resources

ACT WorkKeys Test Preparation [earn industry credentialing]

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery [for those interested in the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Army]



National Association of Colleges and Employers [examples: internship evaluation form, career planning for liberal arts]

Career Technical Education Schools in the First Ring [schools served in italics]

Cuyahoga Valley JVSD (Cuyahoga Hts., Garfield Hts., Brecksville-Broadview Hts., Independence,
Nordonia, North Royalton, Revere, Twinsburg)

East Cleveland City (East Cleveland, Apex Academy)

Lake Shore Compact (Euclid, Mentor, Wickliffe, New Day Academy, Noble Academy, Pinnacle Academy)

Lakewood City [West Shore Career Technical District] (Lakewood, Bay Village, Lakewood City Academy, Rocky River, Westlake)

Maple Heights-Bedford (Bedford, Maple Heights, Ohio College Prep School, T2Honors Academy)

Mayfield Excel TECC (South Euclid Lyndhurst, Richmond Hts.,Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, Orange, Solon, West Geauga, Willoughby-Eastlake)

Parma City (Parma City, Constellation Schools, Quest Community School, Summit Academy CS-Parma)

Polaris JVSD (Berea, Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Strongsville)

Tri-Heights Career Prep Consortium (Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Discovery Academy, Shaker Heights City, The Haley Schools, Warrensville Heights City)

College Credit Plus (college readiness determined by individual colleges/universities)

Baldwin-Wallace University credit-plus/ (not participating)
Case Western Reserve University

Please note: many other Ohio colleges participate, some on-line

Local Certification Programs at Colleges (ask about CCP as a starting point)

Cuyahoga Community College

(200+ Workforce training and programs)

For example: Network Technician (training needed, funding eligibility, required abilities, salary information, video about CISCO training at Tri-C)

High demand certification programs:

Bio-Medical Engineering Technology

Electronic Engineering Technician Certificate

Laboratory Phlebotomy

Medical Assisting

Employment Sites for the Cleveland area

Career Builder

Cleveland-Area Programs that Partner with Schools

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Junior Achievement

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Community-Based Workforce Programs:

School-Based Workforce Programs:
Contact Information
Amy Harker
Career Readiness Coordinator
First Ring Superintendents' Collaborative 
(216) 524-3000 
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