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America's Career Resource Network: Career Development Resources and Training

These resources are available to teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents. For more information, go to the directory of state project directors on the America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) website and contact your state's project director.


Career Information Delivery Systems. Computerized programs that provide self-assessment, career exploration and a wealth of other occupational and educational information about career training opportunities.

Career Tabloids. Publications in a newspaper or magazine format that describe occupations, provide information about labor market trends, and offer tips concerning job applications, resumes, interviewing, and educational preparation.

Facilitating Career Development. Competency-based curriculum to prepare individuals for the Career Development Facilitator credential. The curriculum addresses 12 competencies that include helping skills, diversity, assessment, career development theory and practice, labor market information, technology and program management. It is coordinated by the National Career Development Association, and has been approved by the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Get-A-Life Personal Planning Portfolio and Transition Planner. Easy to use and motivating career-planning tool for students grades 5-12.

Improved Career Decision Making. Training curriculum that identifies the kinds of labor market, occupational and career development information available, how to access that information and how to use that information in a counseling or educational setting.

Life/Work Portfolio and Guide. A career-planning tool, designed for older youth and adults. It is filled with activities and ideas to help users master the competencies and indicators from the National Career Development Guidelines, helping them to perfect their resumes and cover letters.

National Career Development Guidelines. Competency-based approach to career development that helps states plan quality career development programs. The Guidelines focus on three areas: student/adult competencies and indicators, an implementation model, and personnel requirements.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Easy-to-use database, accessible from any web browser, that contains comprehensive information on job requirements and worker competencies. O*NET replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and offers a more dynamic framework for exploring the world of work. With O*NET, employers of all sizes and across all fields have a powerful means for accessing critical information.

Real Games Series. Includes six levels of interactive career exploration programs for youths and adults. The games demonstrate the relevancy of education, focuses on experiential learning, involve working in groups, and attempt to make learning more fun. The Real Games Series is in compliance with the National Career Development Guidelines and satisfies the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Standards for school counseling programs.

Workforce in Transition. Blueprint for career development professionals who are asked to design job search programs for a wide range of customers. Through a series of activities and training exercises, users of this manual examine adult career development needs and issues, and learn how to help customers conduct effective job searches.

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Last Modified: 11/07/2006