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Everyday, CHS students are learning strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction. When they graduate, students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work. They will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.

Every year, students of all grade levels will meet with their counselors to update their Educational Development Plans (EDP) through Xello. This is also a great website to use in exploring career and education options on your own.

For students applying to the Oakland Schools Technical Campus, you will need to hand in an updated EDP with your OSTC application at scheduling time. The Career Pathway that you select on your EDP must match the Career Pathway of the program that you are applying to at OSTC.

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Each year, juniors work on a unit in their English classes covering their post-high school options. The unit encourages students to begin thinking about the preparations they will need to start making their senior year in order to apply to colleges, the military, or enter the workforce.

Class of 2021 Post-High School Workbook


Students who are under 18 years of age are required by the State Of Michigan to have a work permit completed by both their employer and the high school.

Students may obtain a Work Permit from the showcase in front of the Counseling office or from inside the Attendance office.  Sections 1 and 2 must be completed first (by student and employer), then brought back to CHS to be signed and authorized by one of our secretaries.  


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Xello is an excellent career exploration website: Students can complete an interest inventory and link to career interests. Job descriptions, average earnings, Michigan employment outlook, and training program information, and links to colleges and universities that offer majors in a specific field are provided.

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Career One Stop is sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Provides links toexplore interests, careers, and planning tools.

Department of Labor

"To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights."