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Achieve Texas is a system designed to help students parents make wise education choices. It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education. When schools integrate academic and technical education, students can see the "usefulness" of what they are learning. The system also facilitates a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary opportunities. This initiative uses the sixteen federally defined Career Clusters of the States' Career Clusters initiative ( as the foundation for restructuring how schools arrange their instructional programs. A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on similarities. Programs of Study (POS) have been developed for each of the Career Clusters. The POS represent a recommended sequence of coursework based on a student's interest or career goal.
A career and technical education may be for you if you are interested in courses that combine with hands-on training to prepare you for your chosen career. TEXASgenuine will help you find programs and a career that are right for you as well as the colleges that offer your chosen programs and link directly to admissions and financial aid web pages.
The American Council on Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007 to help students turn their inspired dreams into action-oriented goals.
This federal site guides aspiring students, their families and counselors with resources that will help them make informed decisions about the critical choice of going to college.
The YMCA of the USA, a leader in helping young people fully develop their potential, is the first national outreach partner of KnowHow2GO. YMCAs with college preparation and teen leadership programs will be distributing information on KnowHow2GO. YMCA Black and Hispanic Achiever programs at 165 centers nationwide will be actively participating in KnowHow2GO events and contests.
The National College Access Program Directory is a free online resource for students, parents, counselors and those operating college access programs.
At College Goal Sunday, you can get free, on-site, professional assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), talk to financial aid professionals about resources and the application process, and get information regarding statewide student services, admission requirements and more.
Project GRAD has a 10-year track record of successfully helping at-risk students make it through K-12 school systems and graduate from college.
RealityCheck was created by the Texas Workforce Commission to help students understand how much money they will need to make and what careers and education is required after high school to pay for their housing, transportation, clothes and all the other things they want to have in their lives.
"Realizing the College Dream" is a curriculum guide that supports teachers, counselors and community-based organization staff in their work to increase the expectations of attending college by low-income, first-generation college students and their families.

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