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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 10:18 am

Just in time for graduation, State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson has unveiled a new Web site to help students connect education and careers. According to a press release we received in the office this week, the site will allow middle school and high school students to explore their options and plan their next steps toward productive careers.

The coolest part is the local San Joaquin County Office of Education had a hand in its creation. Here are some highlights:

  • Under the “Middle & High School” link, users can learn how to get the most out of their middle and high school experiences.
  • Through the “Career Options” link, they can match their interests and skills with potential careers.
  • The “Education & Training” link details what education or training is needed for certain careers.
  • The “Getting a Job” link offers tips on job searching, internships, résumé writing and job interviews.
  • The “Challenges” section is designed for students who may have special needs, such as physical or learning disabilities, or are foster youth, undocumented youth, and youth from juvenile court programs.
  • The “Money Management” link offers information on financial literacy and how to make smart financial decisions.

There are also Educator and Parent/Guardian sections with content unique to those users, according to the press release.

Students, check it out and tell us what you think. And while you’re at it, tell us what you want to be when you grow up.

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