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Key Transition Knowledge and Skills

Many Texas schools are doing great things to assist with transition. It is important to remember a comprehensive K-12 transition plan is far superior to "token" activities that may fall short of developing a college and career school culture. Unfortunately, information about college and career access and success is currently “privileged” knowledge. Currently, we are very good at helping students who are motivated to go to college or careers. However, students who are unsure about their abilities, or have few role models, are less likely to seek assistance in applying or financing further studies. Without increased transparency between the secondary and postsecondary systems, students underrepresented in higher education will continue to be underrepresented. First generation college attenders and adult learners in particular may be looking for signals they do not belong in college. Key transition knowledge and skills is more than just college selection. It refers to a full range of skills and awareness, from financial aid to how to communicate effectively with authority figures on campus.


  • The Futures Channel
    Real-world application-based videos and activities through which professionals from the sciences, engineering, and technology sectors can reach their future workforce prospects and interest them in their fields.
  • Labor Market and Career Information: Reality Check
    Interactive tool to determine future living costs and connect costs to career goals. Helps students face the “reality” of their proposed expenses and make budget decisions regarding needs vs. wants.
  • Texas CARES Online
    Texas CARES (Career Alternatives Resource Evaluation System) is an online multimedia career information system designed for individuals to explore different careers and related educational opportunities. Site includes occupational videos.
  • Labor Market and Career Information: Working Texas Style
    Working Texas Style
    provides an analysis of data about labor trends, business investment patterns, educational requirements of workers, and insights from more than 160 interviews with business leaders across Texas. The Working Texas Style book can be purchased, but the website also provides for downloading the book chapter by chapter for free.
  • FAFSA on the Web
    Official government website for free information from the U. S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school, including access to the application for federal student aid.
  • College for All Texans
    Comprehensive site that provides information on college in Texas, including estimated tuition and fees. Site includes an online planning tool and access to the common admission application.
  • Reality Check
    Interactive program that tells students how much money they will need and what careers will pay for their needs after high school.
  • Career Cruising
    Career Cruising is an online career guidance and planning system that allows individuals to investigate careers, explore education and training options, take interest inventories, and build their own portfolio.
  • AchieveTexas
    AchieveTexas promotes the combination of rigorous academics with relevant career education to provide a context for learning and to increase students’ motivation to learn. Programs of study have been developed to represent a recommended sequence of coursework based on a student’s interest or career goal.
  • ApplyTexas
    Site provides admission information for every Texas Public University, including some private and two-year schools, and access to the common admission application.