We believe all students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers and life. The following resources will help students prepare to excel in the workforce.


Alec Gets a Job

This lesson will help students identify skills that can make someone more employable and how certain skills and education can affect future career opportunities.

Common Cents: Preparing Kids for Life's Road Trip

In today's world, kids may have even more difficulty choosing an occupation, as additional career opportunities have evolved and expanded in our complex world. Learn how you can help prepare kids for their future.

Common Cents: Work Ethic

This article discusses the characteristics of good work ethic, including consistent effort, perseverance and positive attitude. Suggestions to develop a better work ethic at home are given.

Earning a Living

Wage growth for workers in the United States has accelerated gradually in the past two years, and a few industries are responsible for the increase.

Entrepreneurship Video: Mastercraft

Students learn about three startup businesses: FlyWheel; MTRL Design; and Grain & Mortar, which are housed in the same building.

Teaching Tips: Education, Minorities and Job Opportunities  

This issue focuses on the correlation between education level and job opportunities for minorities in the Midwest.

Teaching Tips: Student Loan Debt

This article focuses on identifying the consequences of borrowing and the responsibilities of loan repayment.


In this one hour long on-demand webinar for educators in middle and high school grades, get ideas for lesson plans, online courses and additional resources that can equip you with college and career resources for students.


Additional Resources from the Fed

In this lesson, students use primary documents to review historical trends in women's share of the labor force and chosen occupations. 

The Federal Reserve has a wide variety of careers available in various fields, and this lesson will allow students to consider various career opportunities that may be available to them. 

Are your students ready for college and career exploration? Try this fun, classroom-ready way to explore the College 101 infographic.

From tiny private colleges to gargantuan urban universities, there are enormous implications to your choice of a school and a major. This video will help you develop a perspective and a framework for making these.  

Page One Economics uses two economic models to study how education, productivity, and income are related. 

Student loan dollars have grown as college costs have increased. See how federal and non-federal loan dollars have changed since 2003.

We live in a world where we are preparing people for jobs that don't even exist yet. So, how do we equip our young people for what's to come? 

This lesson teaches students strategies they can employ now to start preparing for their future dream job or career. 

What can be done to get people back to work? Students get the answer to this and other questions - including why education might be the best way to avoid unemployment in the future - in this short online course. 

Those with higher incomes tend to accumulate more wealth. Why? Research shows that well-educated people tend to make financial decisions that help build wealth. Their strategies, though, can be used by anyone. Valuable wealth tips are presented in this issue of Page One Economics. 

Take a stroll through each screen of the online FAFSA in this video to see what information you'll need on hand to complete the application quickly and accurately. 

Watch this short video to get your bearings in a seemingly endless sea of financial-aid options. Grants, scholarships, loans - you name it - we cover it in this informative clip.

You may be doing all you can to prepare for the price of education after high school, but if your savings, grants and scholarships aren't quite enough, do not overlook student loans as a means to gaining the education you need to be successful. Learn about student loan basics in this resource from Page One Economics. 

Investing in education and training is an important economic decision. Learn about human capital and the return on such an investment in Page One Economics. 

This interactive mini-course provides information and tools to help you succeed after high school.

Page One Economics presents data on college versus high school graduates' earnings and employment prospects. 

    The payoffs and challenges of pursuing post-secondary education are discussed. 

    This lesson examines developing human capital, postsecondary education as a key to greater financial well-being, costs and financing options for postsecondary education, budgeting and saving to achieve financial and personal goals, preparing for emergency situations and using foundational personal finance strategies. 

    Each session of Maximum Employment Matters takes a close look at a particular industry and its job opportunities. Guest speakers share their knowledge and discuss current and future labor trends. 

    Navigate allows students to explore and evaluate careers and educational opportunities after high school, identify choices that will enhance their applications, research the cost and aid available and imagine their own path to success. Navigate utilizes lessons, visuals and an interactive workbook to educate students 7th through 9th grade on the pathways to education after high school. 

    What jobs pay more than the national minimum wage but don't need a bachelor's degree?

    Growing up means making big decisions, and decisions about college are among the most important. Follow high school student Martina as she learns about the basics: investing in human capital, factors to consider when choosing a college and ways to fund higher education. 

    Take a look at all the skills you need to succeed in the workplace. 

    The cost of college seems to be skyrocketing - but is it really? Learn about the concept of price discrimination and how it affects college costs in Page One Economics.  

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