College, Career & Military Readiness

College, Career & Military Readiness

This section contains links to information valuable resources and sites that have been built for students and counselors by TEA, THECB and others as they plan for their postsecondary career.
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  • Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning and potential for success in schools and workplaces around the world. We're passionate about making a difference in all we do. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues.



  • ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.



    ApplyTexas Counselor Suite Instructions
  • The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.


    Learn more about the ASVAB
  • Bureau of Labor and Statistics Student Resources contains age-appropriate information for students about career exploration, the economy, maps and more.


    Bureau of Labor and Statistics Student Resources 

  • Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this website provides resources for exploring careers and finding training.



  • The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

    Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.


    College Board


    New! College Board Counselor Resources

  • College For All Texas is a website that makes it easy to find the best college for you. Select student type, explore and compare colleges side-by-side and start your application using ApplyTexas.

    College For All Texans 

  • NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers.

    Counselors for Computing (C4C) 

  • The Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.023, allows students in primary grades to accelerate a grade level and students in secondary academic courses to earn credit for a course on the basis credit by examination. Credit-by-examination assessments (CBEs) must be approved by each local board of trustees.


    Credit by Examination from TEA 


    College Board CLEP 

  • Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.



    Federal Student Aid Resources for FAFSA Outreach 

    Best Colleges: Understanding the FAFSA 

  • House Bill 18, passed in 2015, was designed to support public school student academic achievement in regards to high school, college and career preparation. It involves various actions from TEA, THECB and districts themselves. The goal is to provide more resources to schools and students about career and college readiness.


    View the ESC Region 12 Guide to HB18

  • In addition to the MPOWER Texas eCourse, there are lots of great resources for CTE counselors and advisors!  This page is designed to showcase these powerful tools.  


    MPOWER Advisor Toolkit 

  • MyMajors provides users with majors that appear to fit them best after completing a short assessment.



  • The CTE resource center is a one-stop shop for
    CTE professional development, instructional
    materials, and program information. Many new
    CTE teachers come from business and industry,
    and need additional support and resources to
    be successful in the classroom.

    Visit the Texas CTE Resource Center from TEA 

  • Texas has now launched 60x30TX, the new higher education strategic plan which aims to position Texas among the highest achieving states in the country and maintain its global competitiveness. 60x30TX is entirely student-centered: its overarching goal is that 60 percent of young adults (25-34) in Texas will hold some type of postsecondary credential by 2030. It also proposes that these graduates will have marketable skills regardless of major and that, statewide, students will not graduate with debt exceeding 60 percent of their first-year wages.


    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 

  • Texas OnCourse empowers you—pre-K through grade 12 students, parents, teachers, and counselors—to make decisions that will help you, your child or your students succeed after high school.  It is the result of three Texas government agencies pooling our resources, with the help of UT Austin, in one easy-to-navigate site.

    Texas OnCourse 

  • TEXASgenuine allows users to explore career fields and college programs around the state. Search by career, program or college. Additionally, users can take an assessment and find out which career would fit them.



    TEXASgenuine Assessment 

  • See how your choice of school or major may affect your bottom line.


    Most students need to take out federal student loans in order to pay for college. But how might borrowing for college affect your bottom line after graduation?


    Use this calculator to get an idea of what you may earn in your first year after graduation, and how much of those earnings may go toward repaying your loans.


    TGAIE: Major Choices 
  • The new higher education plan, 60x30TX, focuses on this common goal by striving for 60 percent of the 25- to 34-year-old Texas population to hold a certificate or degree by 2030. The plan seeks to increase student success through the combined expertise and resources of many stakeholders. Because of these collaborative efforts, Texas institutions of higher education will have more opportunities to grow, which will enrich students and the state.


    About 60x30TX 

    Texas College Access Network (TxCAN)