Career Development

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Career Development

C-TEC’s Career Development System provides educational services to 11 school districts in Licking County. The goal of the program is to help Licking County students, parents, and educators learn about career pathways, career clusters, and educational and career options. Developing skills in decision making and goal setting, plus work habits and attitudes is a focus. These skills are developed through career awareness, exploration, and preparation activities including classroom integration activities.

Career Development Pathways

Career Development is based on the belief that opportunities should be made available to all students from the early years in life, through their education and training, into the world of work, and on to retirement. High school course offerings and career development activities are around the Seven Career Clusters. Career Development helps relate classroom learning to skills needed for employment and provides students with career-related skills to survive in the world of work.



Career Development Planning

Ohio Means Jobs K-12

Ohio's no-cost, career planning system offers comprehensive, career development tools, online training and resources specifically for students, teachers and school counselors.

Ohio Means Jobs K-12 allows students to learn more about their career interests and in-demand jobs, build résumés, search for college and training programs, create a budget based on future expenses, and develop meaningful academic and career plans for high school and beyond.

 Access the new OhioMeansJobs K-12 site by visiting:

Students are working in the system at their middle and high schools to support the Career Advising Policies at the local districts.

Students set up a personalized Backpack; an individual account for saving test results, creating a career plan, and more.  Students can:

  • Fill out the Career Cluster Inventory; an interest survey for students in middle grades. Complete a Career Profile; an interest survey for high school students.
  • Conduct an Occupation Search; use filters for accessing information about career and education options.
  • Explore Budgeting for My Career; an activity to learn about the cost of living on your own.
  • Visit the Assessment and Training Center; a collection of practice tests and resources for ACT, GED, COMPASS, and more.

Career Development Lesson Plans 

C-TEC’s K-12 Career Development System provides lesson plan samples to support the Career Advising Policy in Ohio.  The following K-12 teacher developed career-infused lesson plans connect to Career Development Key Topics and Ohio’s content standards.  The lessons also are created by teachers who are involved in the Licking County Summer Teacher Externship Program.



Other Resources

Licking County’s Career Development Program organizes many annual events around the Seven Career Clusters.  Below are examples of these events in which all Licking County students participate.


State of Ohio Career Resource Links