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Tips to Finding the Right College College 

Tips to Finding the Right College

Going to college is the next logical step after high school, but make sure your choice fits you, your career plan, and your budget. Three ways to start: Think ahead. Your career goals should shape your college choice. Some certificate programs can get you into a job in less than a year. On the other hand, you might want to be a lawyer, doctor, scientist or physical therapist, which will require many more years of education, and you’ll want to factor those plans into your decision. Create your path for…

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Major Moves College 

Major Moves

Jobs are organized into broad categories, called career clusters. Within 16 different career clusters, you’ll find almost unlimited opportunities. You can learn more about all of them, including employment and wages, education and training, and projected job openings, at the Bureau of of Labor Statistics’ Career Outlook pages at Check out a sample of the career clusters below, and a short list of college majors that might help you advance: Architecture & Construction Careers involve designing and building homes, roads and other structures. Possible college majors: building/construction management, architecture, interior…

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A Roadtrip That Inspires Career 

A Roadtrip That Inspires

Dengke Wang, 19, from Portage, Indiana, emigrated from China to northwestern Indiana at the age of seven. Now he’s featured in a new film, “State of Change: Innovation at the Crossroads” from documentary team Roadtrip Nation. The documentary sent three postsecondary students from Indiana on a life-changing road trip to see how Indiana-grown ingenuity is keeping their home state at the cutting edge of rapid technological change. They spent two weeks during the summer of 2017 exploring industries powering Indiana’s growth—including healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and technology—and connecting with…

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Job Smarts Career 

Job Smarts

If you’ve already found your first job and worked after school, weekends, and summers, you know how exciting it is to earn a paycheck—even a small one. Taking pride in your work and your ability to earn is an employability skill—one of a dozen or so qualities that will make you stand out as a good worker. No matter what the career or job, it’s not enough just to show up: Employers want people with “soft” skills, such as a customer service mentality, a desire to do things right the…

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The Reality of Student Debt Cost 

The Reality of Student Debt

Student loans may be necessary for you to reach your goals—which usually means a higher income for college graduates—but it’s important to know how borrowing for that investment might impact your life down the road. The majority—59 percent—of Indiana students at a four-year college had some student loan debt at graduation. The average Indiana graduate’s college loan debt in 2017 was $29,562.* What do those numbers mean in real life? Using the student loan calculator at, an individual with student loans of $29,562 would have monthly payments of $340.20…

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3 Strategies for Your Scholarship Search Cost 

3 Strategies for Your Scholarship Search

Scholarships are free money for college. Some are big—maybe even covering your entire college costs—but many, many more are local scholarships for smaller amounts that can really add up. Start early. Visit your school college counseling office to investigate sources of scholarships. Ask for your high school’s list of the previous year’s scholarship winners, where you can see how your qualifications stack up. Start working to secure letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, or employers at least a month before the application deadline, and be sure to give them clear…

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Feeling Lost? Ready for Adventure? Career 

Feeling Lost? Ready for Adventure?

Four Ways to Find Your Career Path High school graduation is just ahead, and you are quickly coming to a fork in the road. You have to make decisions for yourself, such as where to work, where to go to college, and what to study. With so many choices, how do you know you’re headed in the right direction? Follow these four rules of the road as you make decisions about a  future career. Follow Your Head . . . Indiana has the challenge of filling more than 1 million…

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Meet Camisa Vines – Code for Career Success Career 

Meet Camisa Vines – Code for Career Success

When she was 15 years old, Camisa Vines signed up for a computer coding class at the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County in South Bend, Indiana. It changed her life. “After our first 10-week program, I decided to stick with it and develop my skills,” says Vines, a 2018 graduate of John Adams High School. Coding is a basic skill for creating computer software, apps and websites. As Vines progressed, the South Bend Code School hired her as an intern to teach others. In 2018, named…

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Meet Matt Harper – Career Sparked By An Apprenticeship Career 

Meet Matt Harper – Career Sparked By An Apprenticeship

In just one year, Matt Harper went from being a student at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana, to a career as an electrician, earning money that he couldn’t imagine when he was working his part-time job, bussing tables at a restaurant. “I’m still learning and getting the hang of it, but I really like it,” Harper says. “The fact that I can understand the basics of something as complicated as electricity and how to make something happen that we take for granted, like a light switch going on, is…

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College, Your Way College 

College, Your Way

Indiana has more than 100 choices of colleges and universities, ranging from two Big 10 schools—Indiana University and Purdue University—to more than a dozen independent institutions, and several choices that fall in between in terms of size. You can go big, go small, or stay close to home. It can cost a little—or a lot. What’s your style? Check out these options: Community college: At Ivy Tech Community College campuses throughout the state or Vincennes University in Vincennes and Indianapolis, you can earn a certificate or two-year associate degree quicker…

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What are some of the common mistakes college students make with money? Cost 

What are some of the common mistakes college students make with money?

Michelle L. Ashcraft, director of Purdue Promise Student Success Programs, sees some common financial aid fouls among students: Missing the institution’s and/or state’s FAFSA filing deadline. Neglecting to sign up for direct deposit, if available. Financial aid checks can be mailed to wrong addresses if they are not updated, stolen from mailboxes, or deposited into family member’s accounts. Spending financial aid refunds meant for housing, food, and books on furnishing apartments or decorating residence hall rooms. Not having a budget to make sure their financial aid refunds can last the…

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Happy to help: Volunteering Can Teach You a Lot Career 

Happy to help: Volunteering Can Teach You a Lot

Volunteering is a perfect opportunity to help others and learn more about what kind of work you like. As a volunteer, you not only get an experience that looks great to employers—you also get personal satisfaction from helping a good cause or an organization. Your school probably offers opportunities through clubs and organizations, but check out some of the places in the community that have helped you or a family member, or places that you like to go, such as parks or community centers. Your school counselor, teacher, parents or…

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Every kid gets asked the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? This is your chance to answer the question for real, because you are making decisions now that will impact your future for four, five, even ten years or more down the road. So what did you want to be then? What do you want to be now? Maybe you are sticking with the career you wanted when you were younger. Or, maybe your dreams have changed, fueled by a recently discovered new talent, class,…

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Perfect Your Essay Cost 

Perfect Your Essay

A written essay for a scholarship application is your chance to shine. You might be asked to write about your background, or an example of overcoming adversity, or about a person or event that shaped your life. Pick one of these prompts to write 250 words, and you’ll have the basis for a scholarship essay—no excuses now for not applying! Make sure you have any drafts edited by a teacher or other trusted adult before submitting. Who in your life has been your biggest influence? Why do you want a…

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Meet Matthew Calisto – High School Hard Work Pays Off College 

Meet Matthew Calisto – High School Hard Work Pays Off

Matthew Calisto and his older brother were called “the brains” by his parents, but hard work played a big part in his success in high school and getting into college. Calisto plans to study mechanical engineering at Purdue University, where his good grades in high school won him a Presidential Scholarship for $2,400. He also received a scholarship from the Cass County Community Foundation, and applied for a handful of others from local organizations. “My parents saved, but I feel guilty accepting my parents’ money,” Calisto says. “I was never…

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Meet Matthew Jost – Skipping Graduation But Not College to Serve Country Cost 

Meet Matthew Jost – Skipping Graduation But Not College to Serve Country

Enlisting in the Indiana National Guard and signing up for ROTC at the University of Southern Indiana was a compromise that Matthew Jost made for his parents. Jost wanted to become an active duty soldier after graduating from Noblesville High School, but his parents wanted him to go to college. He found the best of both worlds, but he did have to skip his own high school graduation in 2017 to start army basic training for the National Guard at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Looking back at the missed ceremony, “it was…

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Financial Aid Facts Cost 

Financial Aid Facts

Thinking about college? You’ve got a lot to consider, including where to go, what to study and, of course, how to pay for it. Get the facts: All seniors should complete the FAFSA. Even if you are not sure if you are going to college, or don’t think you will get financial aid, file online between October 1 and April 15 to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the following academic year. Complete the application as soon as possible to maximize opportunities with colleges that might have early…

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Tips for a High School Resume Career 

Tips for a High School Resume

You might have already had that moment of panic when someone asks you: Do you have a resume? Don’t be caught empty handed. You can find a resume template online or through Indiana Career Explorer at Start building your own with these tips: Keep a running list of work experience (even babysitting or lawn mowing), volunteer activities, skills, education, and accomplishments. Keep this list updated, so you can update your resume as you gain experience. Include your contact information (name, phone number, address and email), then list work history,…

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21st Century Scholar? Read This Cost 

21st Century Scholar? Read This

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program helps income-eligible students earn up to four years of tuition at an eligible Indiana college. Make sure you earn (and keep!) your scholarship by completing the checklist below. You can visit for detailed information. Track your completion of the Scholar Success Program by June 30 of your senior year of high school at Graduate high school with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma. Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Apply for admission to an…

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Meet Henry Steckler – Starting Small, Graduating Debt Free Cost 

Meet Henry Steckler – Starting Small, Graduating Debt Free

When Henry Steckler graduated from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana, he was unsure about his next move. He had spent four years of high school preparing to go to Purdue and study engineering, participating in Project Lead the Way’s Gateway to Engineering and Rube Goldberg competitions. “I really liked the design side of things, being the person behind the scenes who makes everything go,” Steckler says. When he was accepted to Purdue, but not to his first choice of the College of Engineering, his career goals seemed in jeopardy….

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