Illinois PaCE

Illinois PaCE Postsecondary and Career Expectations

Each student should have an individualized learning plan to help make decisions about career and post-secondary (PS) education or training, to plan a course of study, and to make financial aid assessments with family members.

By the end of 8th grade

A student should be supported to:

complete a career cluster survey

attend a career exploration day

complete a unit on education planning

be exposed to a financial literacy unit in a course or workshop

A student should know:

the concept of career cluster of interest

relationship between community service/extracurricular activities and postsecondary (PS)/career goals

By the end of 9th grade

A student should be supported to:

revisit career cluster interest survey and take a career interest survey

complete an orientation to career clusters

attend a PS options workshop

meet with a counselor to discuss coursework and PS/career plans using the ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicators

begin determining eligibility for advanced placement (AP) courses

outline a plan for community service and extracurricular activities related to PS plans

complete a financial aid assessment with a family member

A student should know:

one or two career clusters for further exploration and development

the relationship between HS coursework, attendance, and grades to PS plans

importance of community service and extracurricular activities to PS and career plans

general cost ranges of various PS options

By the end of 10th grade

A student should be supported to:

visit at least one workplace aligned with career interest

complete an orientation curse to a particular career cluster or cluster grouping

select a career pathway (CP) within a career cluster of interest

begin determining eligibility for AP courses

identify 2-3 adults to support the student through the PS an career selection process

review coursework, and PS/career plans in relation to the ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicators (every year)

attend a PS affordability workshop with a family member

A student should know:

educational requirements, cost, expected entry level, and midpoint salary for occupations in selected CP

different types of PS credentials and institutions

general timing of PS entrance exams and applications

benefit of early college credit opportunities to PS access and completion

By the end of 11th grade

By the end of 12th grade

By 12/31 of 12th grade a student should have:

completed 3 or more admissions applications to PS institutions

met with a school counselor to ensure all steps in the PS admissions process are completed on time

attended a FAFSA completion workshop

completed the FAFSA

By the end of 12th grad a student should be supported to:

address any remedial needs in math/ELA

obtain an internship opportunity related to the CP

if applicable, receive industry-based certification(s) related to the CP

complete one or more team-based challenges or projects related to the CP

attend a financial aid award letter workshop

A student should know:

how CP courses and experiences articulate to degree programs at PS options

estimated cost of each PS option

affordability of PS options in relation to expected entry-level career salary and anticipated debt

terms and conditions of any scholarship or loan

Career Exploration and Development
Financial Aid and Literacy
Post-Secondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection