Welcome to College and Career Awareness (CCA)

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College and Career Awareness offers exploration and preparation in college and career pathways focusing on jobs that are high skill and high demand, as well as satisfying and financially rewarding. The College and Career Awareness course is designed to help students identify their interests, abilities, and skills. With appropriate developmental information related to careers, educational pathways, and self-knowledge, students are able to begin to make college and career goals for the future. College and Career Awareness is designed to acquaint students with the Utah labor market and the employment opportunities for which they can prepare by defining a College and Career Ready Plan.

Through application-based lessons, College and Career Awareness allows students to utilize technology, develop foundational skills, and explore careers. The course provides information regarding additional courses and training related to each student’s career field of interest, as they begin to prepare for college and career.

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Our vision is to offer every student the opportunity to experience technology used in the workplace, develop beginning life skills, and explore careers that will assist him or her in eventually choosing a career, while giving each student the encouragement to achieve his or her goals.


Students will increase their understanding of their individual roles and identity, including their goals and aspirations, their interests, and their work values. Students will learn about careers and know how to access current information about market demand, average earnings, and training and education requirements. Students’ increased understanding of their personal work-related characteristics and knowledge of careers and related education requirements, will support the development of well-defined College and Career Ready Plans.

Career Development Applications (CDAs) are organized as follows:

  • Role and Identity:
    • Aspirations
    • Reality Check
    • Planning, Timing, Setting Goals
    • Exploring Nontraditional Careers

  • Career Awareness: Options, Requirements, Readiness:
    • Learning the Language of College and Careers
    • Lifelong Learning Pyramid
    • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to Support College and Career Success
    • The Relationship of Work Values to College and Career

  • College and Career Connections:
    • Identifying Career Interests
    • Connecting Interests to Career Pathways
    • College, Career and Financial Responsibility
    • Positive Employments Traits
    • Working Proactively With Others

  • College and Career Planning:
    • Effective Career Planning Resources
    • 1, 2, 4 or More: A Smart Investment
    • Jobs of the Future: STEM and More
    • College and Career Awareness (Overview/Review)

Program Delivery Components

College and Career Awareness provides students with the direction, decision making, and planning needed to select their personal career paths. College and Career Awareness is an important part of a student's preparation in becoming college and career ready.

  • The program is a year-long course taught by a team of Career and Technical Education teachers and school counselors.
  • School counselors are involved in teaching important concepts to students and aligning the College and Career Readiness Plan.
  • Students are provided with instruction in career development.
  • The student learning activities provide hands-on, real-world application.
  • Concepts come from project-based learning, agriculture, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, health science, information technology, and technology and engineering education curricula.
  • Students are involved in Work-Based Learning activities such as career fairs, guest speakers, field studies, and job shadows.