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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 tool for students to independently explore career and education options.

*Important Note for students applying to the Oakland Schools Technical Campus:                  An updated EDP is required as part of  your OSTC application. 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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During Junior year, all 11th grade students have the opportunity to learn about all post high school options through completion of the "Post - High School Work book", a special unit in their English classes. The unit encourages students to begin thinking about all options and what to consider in preparation for applying to colleges, enlist in the military, or enter the workforce during senior year.  

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 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 the administrative assistants in the counseling office.  


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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.

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"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."