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Read the latest newsletter - May/June 2018 Counselor Corner

February/March 2018 Counselor Corner

January 2018 Counselor Corner

October/November 2017 Counselor Corner

September 2017 Counselor Corner

Class of 2018 Senior Bulletins

 scheduling commitment forms

Print and complete the appropriate form for 2018-2019 class scheduling.

AP Commitment Form

DP Commitment Form

CTE OSTC Commitment Form

helpful information


Oakland University offers no-cost personal and career counseling to ages 6 and older.  Please call the OU Counseling office at 248 370-2633 for more information.

Senior Class of 2018 Information   


Lucky 7s - Check out these helpful lists from the New York Times7 Reasons to Avoid Senioritis & 7 Things Graduating Seniors Should Know About College

Scholarships online; see Mrs. Murphy in the SSC for more info

Send transcripts

Suddenly Seniors - Senior Parent Night presentation

Senior Bulletins

summer opportunities


Top 10 Things Seniors Should Do (Before Starting Senior Year)  

15 Good Things to Do the Summer Before College - Go to orientation, friend your new roommate, communicate with your parents.  These tips and more can help you be in a great starting position for what's ahead. 

NEWOakland County CyberPatriot Summer Camp - Oakland Schools and the Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC)-Southeast is co-sponsoring a AFA CyberCamp ( with University of Detroit Mercy.  The camp, held August 6-10, is geared for students going into 9th and 10th grade who are interested in cybersecurity, operating systems and computer networks.

NEW - Alma College Summer Camps - Alma College hosts a variety of arts, athletic, academic, music, and leadership camps.

NEW - Local summer STEM programs - Check out these camps in Oakland County.

American Academy of Art - The Summer Studio Program offers 1 and 2 week camps at the Academy in Chicago.  High school students will have an opportunity to experience studio classes with Academy faculty. Students will also participate in field trips and attend special lectures in the art and design field.

Summer STEM Programs - Check out this information on  summer STEM programs for teens at colleges and universities across the country.

Kettering University LITE -  Take classes and labs taught by Kettering University faculty, go on field trips, make new friends, and have a chance to hang out with Kettering students.  Courses include Biochemistry, Engineering, LEGO Robot Assembly, and more.

The University of Dayton Summer - The University of Dayton offers programs in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Summer Advancement.  You can earn college credit and get to stay on campus.

Kode with Klossy - KODE WITH KLOSSY empowers girls to learn to code and become leaders in tech.  The program focuses on hands-on learning through labs and a demo day. Scholars gain skills and proficiency in both back-end and front-end web development through building their own web apps.  Open to girls 13-17; scholarships are available.

Off-the-Grid Summer Jobs - Want to spend your summer working outdoors or in another country?  Check out this list that links you to unique opportunities like working on a farm, being an au pair, or guiding tours for the National Park Service.

Brown University Pre-College Programs - The Ivy League school offers on-campus, online, and abraod programs for students in grades 6-12.

Walton International program at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) - Spend 10 days in Ireland in a unique STEM program.

Northwood University LAB Free-Enterprise Camp - If you want to learn more about business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurship, check out this week-long award-winning camp at Northwood University.  

OSTC Summer Camp - Check out the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Summer Science and Engineering Camp for for high school students.  There are middle schools camps, too, for younger siblings.

University of Michigan ArcStart - ArcStart is a three-week long residential program that offers the opportunity to explore the built environment firsthand through an introduction to architectural design.  Participants will experience the rewarding intensity of an engaging college architecture studio, partake in skill-building workshops that reinforce analytical and conceptual problem solving skills, and visit architecturally significant projects in Ann Arbor and the immediate region.  

College for Creative Studies Pre-college Summer Experience -  Earn college credit, love on campus, develop your portfolio, and participate in a student exhibition.    CCS's summer program offers eight different concentrations to meet your interests.  Super Cool!  Check it out!

Michigan Summer Programs and Camps - See this page for exciting summer programs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and more. 

FIDM 3 Days of Fashion - Thinking of a career in fashion?  Want to spend 3 days in sunny California?  Check out FIDM's 3-day summer programs.  Learn from FIDM instructors, meet industry professionals, collaborate on projects, and more.   Programs for parents, too.

Pre-college Summer Programs for High School Students - This list from PrepScholar links to program information for colleges across the country that offer summer programs for high school students.  Programs vary in length.  Some are open-enrollment, but some require going through the application process.  Great opportunities!

Long Island University Summer Honors Institute - LIU in NYC is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Institute.  Super cool programs are offered in many subjects including opera, dance, fashion merchandising, international relations, and creative writing.  Programs are offered on a full-scholarship basis; the only cost to students is for meals and transportation.  Visit to learn more about the Summer Honors Institute @ LIU.  

GRAMMY Camp - Held in different locations over the summer, this camp invites 100+ student musicians from all over the country to learn how the music business works from industry pros.  

 College Planning

College Applications 

*** Most colleges and universities require applications be submitted by November 1 for best chances of acceptance.

IMPORTANT!! Common Application Supplements Can Be Submitted PRIOR To Completing and Submitting The Application.  Send Counselors "The Supplements" At The Beginning Of Application Process.

Common App has released its essay prompts for its Class of 2018 application. See the prompts and read tips on answering each one.

Helpful information - Conquering the Confusing Common App - These tips from the Hechinger Report walk you through the sections of the Common App to help you make sure you check everything that needs to be checked.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success in similar to the Common App in that it allows you to apply to multiple schools on one application.  A diverse group of schools are members of the Coalition including Ivy Leagues, Michigan State, and U of M.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success has essay prompts similar to the Common App.  Prompts, writing tip, and comparisions to the Common App prompts.

helpful information

NEW - College Application Checklist from College Board

College Comparison worksheet

College Application Essay Tips

NEW TIP - Looking for information about what the colleges you're looking at are looking for?  Google "common data set" followed by the name of the school.  Read this blog from a former college admissions specialist to find out more. 

10 ways to make your college application stand out

Making your final decision

College Visits 

Top Questions To Ask An Admissions Rep 

A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College - Checking out a college campus?  Want to know about its academic programs?  The campus environment?  How to enrich your educational experience?  Check out this list of questions to ask on your college visit.

5 Tips for Making a College Visit - Visiting the schools you're intertested in is super important, and these tips will help when setting up and going on a visit. 

Need a place to record your thoughts as you tour campuses

For more campus tour questions.  

Expore America Educational Tours - Regional tours of specific areas like the West Coast, Boston, the Mid-Adlantic, and more will give students insight into the area, college life, and culture of schools in that region. This is a great opportunity to find the school that feels right for you.

Things to remember when attending a College Admissions Visit at ROHS: Did you know that these are the same people who may be reviewing your applications? Please be courteous and respectful...and prepared with questions for the representatives. This is your chance to demonstrate interest and make an impression! 

College Planning

FREE TUITION! - These schools and the Armed Forces Colleges offer free tuition to all students.  Many are in remote and rural areas, and some have a work or service requirement, but all offer FREE tuition. 

Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning - The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides tips for parents, guides to the college admissions process, and downloadable guides geared towards middle school, early high school, and late high school students to help you know what to do and when to do it.

Peterson's College Bound - Find a college that's right for you!  Information on how to choose a college; tips for getting in including essay writing tips; financial aid information; campus photo tours; and more!

US News and World Report Rankings - Looking to find the right school for you?  Check out this comprehensive website for college rankings, tips on how to apply and pay for college, the best value schools, and even A+ schools for B students.  Great information. 

NEW! - Better Make Room - for YOU and the next steps you'll take!  Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama supports this initiative to help students move from high school to higher education.  Check out the "Tools" tab.

College search sites:  Check out The Princeton Review, College Confidential's SuperMatch tool, and Big Future.  All three of these sites allow you to select criteria such as school size, housing options, support services, and more to help you find the right college match.

Top World Universities! See which Michigan schools are on the list!

Shmoop College 101 - Checklists, test prep, reading lists, constructive activities for summer vacations, college searches, college essay tips, and much more.  Fun lists like the Top Deciding Factors in Choosing a College (#1 - The number of Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts on campus; #8 Big dorm rooms). 

Kahn Academy - This leader in test prep now tackles college admissions.  Review their college planning timeline to stay on track, get information on the college experience, and watch videos with real students talking about overcoming obstacles. 

College Raptor - Compare colleges by finding out the net cost of the 4-year colleges you are interested in.  Sometimes a school that seems too expensive is less costly than you think.  This site also can show you your chances of getting in to schools, has a fun blog, debunked college myths, Q&A, and more.

WOW Writing Workshop - Don't believe the rumors: Admissions officers WILL read your application essay.  Sign up for free resources such as videos from college admissions advisors, tips for writing your college applications essays, and resources to help you score well on your ACT or SAT.   Here's an essay writing tip from WOW:  As you begin planning your essay, keep this question in mind - What do you want colleges to know about you that they can't find out from the rest of your application? 

Tips for writing your college app essay.

Virtual college maps - Use these sites to visit the campuses of  thousands of colleges and universities. Even if you can't visit in person, you can explore online.  Go to Campus Maps, YouVisit, and YOUniversitytv to see more!

NEW! - Get Schooled - Scholarships, Snapchat tours, essay help, FAFSA info, contests and more!

ATTENTION FRESHMEN! - It's not too early to start thinking about college.  As this article states, the road to college really starts your freshman year.  Find out the 10 Most Common High School Freshman Mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. 

KnowHow2Go  -  4 Steps to College, exploring your interests, planning, success stories, and more.

Update your online "you" - Need to clean up your social media profile?  You can bet that college admissions reps will be taking a look at how you represent yourself online.  Check out this article on how to keep your profile clean so that it doesn't come back to haunt you later.

Trying to figure out your college major?  Take this fun quiz from Loyola University and see what it comes up with for you.  This NY Times article also provides steps to choosing the path that's right for you.  One thing you can start doing now: follow someone on Twitter who's in an industry that interests you.



College Athletics and NCAA Clearinghouse

Any students planning to participate in a Division 1 or 2 college sport must be academically eligible and registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Academic requirements and more information. Check out for all the eligibility requirements and to register.  See Mr. Bowker or Mr. Surdenik with any questions.

How new NCAA rules are affecting scholarship offers - Good information to know and questions to ask if you are being offered an athletic scholarship.







Need help to prepare for the ACT or SAT?  Here's a list of some helpful websites and study guides...

ACT-SAT Comparison Chart - If you're wondering how the 2016 SAT compares to the structure of the ACT, check out this chart. 

ACT-SAT Comparison Chart, Part 2 - This one gives information on registration, scoring, and the types of questions you'll encounter.

Sample questions for the SAT and PSAT

This Michigan College Guide article talks about the new SAT and reasons it might be beneficial to still take the ACT, too.

SAT Family & Student Resource Guide from Oakland Schools 

ACT Question of the Day - Every day a new ACT test prep question

SAT Question of the day -  Every day a new SAT test prep question.  There's also an app you can download.

Word of the Day ACT & Word of the Day SAT - Master the vocabulary you'll encounter on the ACT and SAT.   And check out these strategies for studying vocabulary for the new SAT.

Official ACT Test Prep - Purchase the Online Guide here

NEW! - ACT Academy - FREE, personalized practice for the ACT

Official SAT Practice Test - Downlaod and print out an answer sheet, take the test, and use the free app to scan your bubbles and score your practice test.

UPDATED! - 124 SAT Tips and Test-Taking Strategies & 127 ACT Tips and Test-Taking Strategies.  Great tips on how to study and get through the SAT and ACT.

Khan Academy - More official practice for the SAT.  Create an account to access practice tests, personalized recommendations, and instant feedback - ALL FOR FREE!  Also available as an app.

The Princeton Review - Free practice tests for both ACT and SAT.  Take the practice online or in person at select locations.  Get a detailed score report and learn strategies for the test.

Chegg Test Prep - Free practice tests, strategies, scoring information, and more for both the SAT and the ACT.

Varsity Tutors FREE resources for ACT & Varsity Tutors FREE resources for SAT - Diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, word of the day, and more.   Also available as an app.

Free SAT Math - Students can get math problems, answer choices, correct answers, and references.   

FREE Guide to ACT Test Prep - PDF resource from ACT

Test Prep from Peterson's ACT & Test Prep from Peterson's SAT - Practice tests to help you prepare!  Just go to Peterson's and sign up for an account.

5 things to know about the new ACT essay - This article from NextStepU Magazine breaks down the essay and gives you tips on how to score well.

An Insider's Look at the New SAT - Read this article written by a VP for a test prep company who took the SAT as an adult.  Good information about what to expect on the exam

The Ultimate Student's Starter Kit to the ACT - Complied by, a test prep site, this 113-page guidebok covers everything from scoring to percentiles to must-know strategies.

PINTEREST! - In addition to yummy recipes, crafty ideas, and fashion tips. Follow them for tons of tips and practice.
Pinterest ACT board
Pinterest SAT board 

Should you take the ACT or the SAT?  Many sources say take both, but if you want to know what you're getting into with each test, check out this comparision from PrepScholar.

Don't know the answer and  need to guess?  Here are 5 strategies to up your guessing game.  Remember, there's no penalty for guessing on the new SAT.

Check out these Tips for Test Day from high school students who have taken the SAT. 

Method Test Prep - This link has free study guides for both the ACT and SAT.  Check out the blog posts for helpful information and occasional free practice sessions.  You can also subscribe to Method's test prep services. 

NEW - PSAT Scores - What do they mean?  How can you use your scores to your advantage.  This article explains what you need to know about PSAT and why your scores matter.

Other helpful sites:
Shmoop - Want a different kind of test prep? Give this site a try for test prep and more! This site is a personal favorite we just can't enough of!  Includes AP test prep.

Learning Express Library - Tons of practice material for the ACT & SAT and practice in reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects.  Also, e-books to help you out!

Test Prep Tips - Ace the ACT by having a great study plan and tailoring your test preparation. 

Ways to Cope with Test Anxiety - Feeling stressed about ACT or SAT.  See this blog post for ways to deal and be prepared for testing.  Other helpful posts on this site, too.



Do you need to study but don't know how?  Tips on effectively studying.

Brightstorm - Need  help with Math or Science?  Check out the "Textbook" section for your textbook and a video on how to do specific problems.  Great online tutor!

Kahn Academy - Amazing web site for MATH and SCIENCE has comprehensive lessons on Math and Science with video tutorials! "See" how to do it or brush up on foundational skills....did we mention this site is FREE?

Khan Academy Grammar - Great short videos if you need to know how to use a semicolon, where to place a modifiers, what's proper parallel structure, and so much more!

Shmoop - Want to try something different?  This site is a personal favorite!  Check out over 900! FREE LITERATURE REVIEWS that are as comprehensive as they are fun to read (Yes, I said fun!).  This is homework help with personality...also has ECON, SCIENCE, and MATH as well as MUSIC trivia and more.

NEW! - Algebra Nation - Videos for every concept in Algeba 1, plus a free workbook!

MashUp Math - This YouTube channel presents math lessons and helpful strategies on a variety of topics like area & preimenter, slope, distributive property, solving word problems, and more.  Check it out!

FUN! -  Crash Course - Calling all John Green fans!!!  This YouTube site has videos created by author John Green and his brother Hank to help you with literature, psychology, history, science, and more.  Fun, interesting, and thought-provoking.  

Yay Math - Helpful math videos for Algerbra I and II, Geometry, Trig, and Statistics.

Bozeman Science - Baffled by Biology?  Confused in Chemistry?  See this site for hundreds of science videos explaining all those concepts that keep you guessing.  Includes AP science topics, too. 

Learning Express Library - Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want-at school, at work, or in life.

Hippocampus - Homework assistance in several subjects, even AP classes!  

 online learning and credit recovery (e2020)


Michigan's Online Course Catalog

GenNET Online Learning

       E2020/Edgenuity credit recovery classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school from 3:15 to 5:15 in Labs 209/211 (English, Social Studies, and Math) and 235/237 (Science).   Fall class run October 24, 2017 through February 16, 2018.  Winter session runs February 6 through May 18, 2018.  Sign up for classes on PaySchools.


career and technical education

Do you want to know more about CTE?  Find out more about opportunities in CTE and the programs available in Michigan. 

Information about the Career and Technical Education programs here at ROHS and at OSTC.

Work-Based Learning - As a senior in a CTE program, students have to opportunity to work in or out of school, earning credits and wages.   



Contact Mr. Surdenick in the SSC for more information about the exciting opportunities offered the Royal Oak OSTC and programs available at other campuses.  Click on the links to each program for details and to take a look at the Career Trees.

Agriscience & Environmental Techologies Construction Technology
Culinary Arts & Hospitality    Health Sciences
Visual Imaging     Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinishing, Medium & Heavy Truck & Equipment
Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Web Develpoment, Entrepreneurship & Advanced Marketing (iTEAM), Cyber Security Networking

Energy & Electrical TechnologiesMachining, Mechatronics, Welding


More OSTC Programs: Cosmotology, Criminal Justice, & Medical Investigation

advanced placement courses and testing

Find information about AP class offerings at ROHS on the Academics page.

2018 Exam Dates

See the College Board website for test registration information, study tips, how to earn college credit, and more.

Khan Academy now has AP practice courses.  Check Khan Academy AP Practice Courses.




  • GREAT TIP! - Need to keep track of all the scholarships you've applied for?  Log on to your Career Cruising portfolio and click on My Scholarships and Financial Aid to search for and track scholarships.

TUITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM (TIP) – The State of Michigan offers TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) for students with low incomes.  Students are encouraged to attend participating colleges and the tuition will be paid by the state.  If your family received assistance from the Department of Social Services, you may be eligible for this college program.  Call the Hotline at 1.888.447.2687 or go here for more information.

State of Michigan - Paying for College (website)

Affording College in Michigan guide from the MI Department of Treasury 

NEW - Financial Aid Basics from the National Association of College Admission Counseling

Oakland University Financial Services offers a variety of financial aid events and workshops available to high school students and their parents.  FAFSA workshops begin in January.  See their list of everything you need to complete your FAFSA.

Do You Need Money For College? - This is the federal guide to funding your college education.  Copies are also available in the Career Center.  

NEW! - ROHS grade Griffin St. Onge and another student developed the online publication, "Being Not-Rich at U-M".  It has extensive tips on work-study, student housing, eating on the cheap, managing your finances, and so much more.  Although some tips are U-M specific, much is general information that any college student can use.

IMPORTANT SITE - College Scorecard - This tool from the  U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center allows you to select criteria and find out more about a college’s affordability and value.  

Net Price Calculator  - How much will college really cost? Find out how much you’ll pay to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants.

NEW - Repayment Estimator - Enter real or hypothetical loan information to view estimated payments under different repayment plans.

College Abacus - This secure site helps students and families compare costs at 5,000+ college to get an estimate the final price tag before students apply and before any financial aid determination is made.  You can also connect to Pell Abacus, a new site that helps low-income students with the college search process.

College Covered - This site has helpful information for both students and parents.  Search for scholarships, get FAFSA help, find out about campus jobs, and more.

Understanding your Financial Aid Award Letter - What's EFC?  COA?  Work-study?  What money is free and what do you have to pay back.?  Start with this information to figure out which school is your best financial fit. 

NEGOTIATING YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTER - What do you do when you've gotten into your first-choice school, but your financial aid award wasn't what you expected?  Read this article to see what your options are. 

NEW - 7 Options to Consider if You Didn't Receive Enough Financial Aid - Helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Education.

GI Bill - Considering a military career prior to enrolling in college? Use the comparison tool to project how you tuition and housing costs could be covered.

Cappex  - Scholarship opportunities search site 

20 Insiders Strategies To Save Money On College NOW (pdf)  

Fastweb -- Free scholarship search.   NEW! - Download the fastweb! app to have scholarship updates at your fingertips! - One stop help for student and parent assistance with financial aid and college information on the web!  - Plan and finance your education, plan your career - Nonprofit site to help plan career, college, financial aid, and money management.

The Simple Dollar College Scholarship Guide - Great tips to help you prepare, search, organize, and apply for scholarships.  

Affordable Colleges Online - Understanding your financial aid options, FAFSA help, videos and more. - A different kind of scholarship site, where you earn points by completing surveys, checking out college-related information online, and inviting friends to participate.  Use your points to enter monthly scholarship drawings. - Got an A in an AP class?  That could be worth $400! is a new site that awards scholarship money at participating colleges and universities based on achievements throughout high school.


Changes to FAFSA - You can now apply starting October 1.   

FAFSA/Free Application for Federal Student Aid - This is the main site source for applying for Federal Financial Aid and Scholarships.   And click here for more information about changes with FAFSA.

VIDEOS - Check out this Federal Student Aid YouTube channel for videos about the financial aid process, filling out FAFSA, responsible borrowing, and more.

NEW - 5 Things to do after Filling Out Your FAFSA Form - More helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Education.

Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam - Read this informative article for tips to fill out the forms and ways to protect yourself when completing the FAFSA. 

FAFSA Parent Financial information - Confused about how to fill out parent information on your FAFSA?  Review this information titled "Who is my 'parent' when I fill out the FAFSA?".

Financial Aid Terms - What's an SAR? Your EFC? The COA? FWS? Confused by all the terms that come up in your financial aid planning?

College Covered - A free FAFSA assistant and helpful videos to help you navigate your application, award letter, and how to appeal your award.

FAFSA Workshops at Oakland University - Free assistance in filling out the FAFSA to high school student and their families.  Other financial aid workshops also available.  Also check out the Funding Education Beyond High School presentation for lots of helpful information about FAFSA and financial aid.

FAFSA (en espanol); English Spanish Glossary of Student Financial Aid

College Goal Sunday - A representative from FAFSA will help you complete the FAFSA for FREE at many Michigan locations. Win prizes and scholarships just for attending! For date and times go to and click on "Students" and "Locations" to learn more.



Something to consider- According to 2011 information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, someone with a bachelor's degree will make (on average) 75% more than someone with just a high school diploma.

College Board - College searches, help with applications, and much much more...including a great section on writing entrance essays!  This is where you will find the most information about the Common Application which is used for colleges like University of Michigan, Lawrence Tech, Kalamazoo College, and a few others.

Niche - Search for and compare schools from around the country and view rankings of colleges.  

Common Application - Primary application for University of Michigan.  Apply to multiple schools with one application. 

Colleges That Change Lives - This organization is dedicated to profiling student-centered colleges that are dedicated to helping students develop their lifetime love of learning.

Michigan College Guide   - The complete guide of Michigan schools is online (and in your ROHS Career Center!).  Search colleges by region, price, or size.  Check out virtual tours, websites, and links to apply to Michigan colleges.

NEW - Michigan Careeer Schools - This sire connects you to many nationally accredited training providers.  Search by catagories like Accounting, Broadcast Arts, Computer Teachnology, Health Care, and more.  Find programs that will get you the certification you need to get out into the workforce sooner.  

Michigan College Access Network - MichiganCAN is a statewide initiative which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. MichiganCAN will offer students, parents, counselors, and adult learners easy-to-use web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of choosing and applying for college is completed successfully. 

Considering an online degree? These sites offer helpful information about online colleges: Michigan colleges online is a collaboration of community colleges throughout the state allows students to take online classes that may not be offered at their home school.  Many schools also offer certificate and Associate Degree programs that can be completed in-part or in-total online.  Online Schools Guidebook  offers helpful information on online learning: what it is, accreditation, different options, the benefits, and ways to consider if it's the right option for you. lists the most affordable online schools and searches which online colleges offer the most affordable degress in the majors you're interested in pursuing. 

MACRAO: Michigan Transfer Network -  Visit this site to find out what classes will transfer to the college you plan on attending.

NEW Midwest Student Exchange Program - If you're considering attending school out of state, review this website to see schools with discounted out-of-state tuition for Michigan residents.  

MORE:  Watch what you Tweet! - 5 Must Have Tech Skills for College  from US News and World Report 

Oakland Community College 

Oakland ACE - This early-college program allows you to split your time between ROHS and OCC.  Earn up to 60 college credits whille you're earning your high school diploma.  See your counselor early in your Sophomore year for more information and to see if you qualify.  Applications are due in February.

Thriving at a Community College - Are you thinking about starting off at OCC or another community college and then transferring to a 4-year college or university? This article has super helpful tips from someone who also followed that path.



NEW! - WHERE TO START - The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics can help you find information about pay, education, job requirements, and job outlook for hundreds of occupations.

What are the six Michigan Career pathways? Click here and find out!

What Careers will be HOT in in Michigan's Future? Check out HOT JOBS 2022

Skilled Trades Jobs in Michigan - Learn about opportunities in emerging fields, like health care and information technology, that often don't requre a 4-year degree.

UPDATED - The 100 Best Jobs -  Many factors make up a great job: it pays well, it's challenging without being too stressful, there's room to advance, and best of all, there are openings.   See this list from US News & World Report for the 100 best jobs for 2018.

100 Associate Degree Jobs - If you're looking for a rewarding technical or vocational career, this list profiles jobs in a wide range of industries. 

7 hot new majors for a new generation.  Do you feel like you already major in social media?  Check out this list of that and other interesting new majors being offered at colleges around the country. 

Military Careers - Are you thinking about a life-long career in the military?  Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook for military career options.  You can also find information about military careers on the Explore Careers page of Career Cruising, at, and on the Today's Military site.

NEW - Going Pro - Employers in Michigan are looking to fill more and more skilled trades jobs.  Find infomation about wide-rangin opportunities on this site from the state's talent connect network.

Considering coding as a career?  Check out 42 USA.  This new program in Silicon Valley is tuition-free, hand-on, and team-oriented.   Applicants must pass online exams and go through an extensive orietation, but this unique program offers real-world experience in the coding and computer science.

For teachers-to-be - - If you're interested in a teaching career, check out this site for information about education, certification, and more.  Also, check out Careers in Teaching for career paths, salaries, and resources, and Resources & Tools for Teaching Students to stay current on trends and ideas in teaching.

Computer Science Career Information for Women - Women remain significantly underrepresented in the computer science, but there are more and more opportunities all the time.   Check out this site to explore the expanding field of computer science, search for scholarship opportunities, and chart your own course.

Feeling green?  The Department of Labor has compiled a bunch of great information on green careers. Learn about careers in recycling, green construction, wind energy, and much more.  Another great, in-depth green career resouce can be found at  And this Green Career Guide has information about high-demand eco jobs and the path that leads to them.  

Nursing careers - Check out RN to BSN if you're thinking about a nursing career.  Take their quiz to see if nursing is the right career choice for you.  More nursing career information is available at Nursing School 411 and  Find out about careers, salaries, and licensure. also has great videos about nursing school and more.

Explore another option in the health care career field - Videos and info on a career in medical billing and coding.  

Big Futures - Career website from Collegeboard. Search careers, colleges, college costs, and more. Getting ready for college resource.

O*Net Online  "My Next Move" - The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. Expand your career search!

Career OneStop  - Many careers need certain certifications, learn about them here, Sponsored by US Department of Labor.

NEWLearn How to Become - Research careers and the types of education you'll need to be qualified to work in them.  Helpful information on things like certificate programs, career paths, how to get hired, and much more. 

OwlGuru - is a career and college finder site which covers over 900+ careers and 3000+ colleges.  Their mission is to help teenagers and adults to find a career they love.  Find schools and careers, watch career videos,  calculate college costs, and more.

Michigan Construction Careers  - Get information on construction careers, apprenticeship opportunities, education, and more. 

"Dirty Jobs"  - Check out Mike Rowe's video library of real American jobs

One Week Jobs - Sean Aiken: One man's journey for career discovery; a new job every week.  Watch webisodes and the documentary preview.  Google "One Week Job movie" to watch the documentary.  See Sean try being an exterminator, a pizzamaker, a dairy farmer, and more.

Non-traditional jobs and careers  - Unique short-term opportunities for job adventures, summer jobs, and more!  Jobs across the country and abroad!

Looking outside the box for an interesting career?  Check out this list of weird (but cool) college majors, and maybe give Bakery Science or Theme Park Engineering a try. 

UPDATED - Have an adventurous soul?  Can't imagine yourself in a typical office?  Think you'd feel trapped in a cubicle?  Browse Outside Magazine'100 Best Places to Work list for companies that do things differently and offer amazing perks. and Looking for a part-time job?  Having trouble with the online application process?   Thes sites provides job resources and online applications for restaurants, retail and department stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, and companies in many different industries.

Do you know the three steps to career success?  Watch this video for great tips you can use at any job. 

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