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used in this guide that you may not already know.
Career guidance: structured Master’s degree: a degree awarded by
developmental experiences presented universities for study beyond a bachelor’s
systematically from kindergarten through degree.
12th grade that help students analyze and
evaluate abilities, skills, and interests. Postsecondary education:
education beyond high school. Middle
Career portfolio: a collection of student school and high school are referred to as
work indicating progress made in subjects, secondary education, so postsecondary means
AchieveTexas: the name for Texas’s activities, or programs. In career cluster after high school.
college and career education initiative. systems, portfolios are often used to assess
student performance in extended learning Program of study: a way of organizing
Articulation agreements: experiences. the curricula and educational activities
formal agreements between or among within a career cluster related to a student’s
educational organizations (high schools, Doctoral degree: a degree awarded specific academic and career goal.
community colleges, and universities) by universities for study beyond a master’s
that align courses and majors in a way degree. Also referred to as a Ph.D. or service learning: an extended learning
that allows students to transition from professional degree. experience in which students do volunteer
one institution to another without loss work related to their career goals.
of course credit or time. Dual credit: credit given in both high
school and college for college-level courses Targeted industry clusters:
Associate’s degree: a two-year taken while in high school. six industry clusters that have been
degree awarded by a community or identified by Texas as high-demand, high-
technical college. Extended learning experiences: growth sectors paying high wages. As they
participation in career and technical student are developed by the State, these may be hot
Bachelor’s degree: a four-year organizations, extracurricular activities, job areas in which to build a rewarding career.
degree awarded by a university. shadowing, internships, or service learning.
Career and technical student financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans, Texas Achievement Plan (TAP):
organizations (CTsOs): curricular and work-study funds awarded to students an education plan suggesting the high
organizations for students that offer to pay for college expenses. school courses a student should take
activities and competitions related to to prepare successfully for graduation
particular careers. internship: an extended learning and transition into postsecondary
experience in which students work education. The vision for AchieveTexas
Career cluster: a way of organizing temporarily at entry-level jobs in careers is that eighth graders, in consultation
curricula, instruction, and assessment that interest them. with their parents/guardians,
around specific occupational groups (for counselors, and teachers, will select
example, Information Technology or Health Job shadowing: an extended learning a program of study and create a TAP.
Science) that offers students core academics, experience in which students observe TAPs are to be reviewed and revised at
coursework related to specific occupations, professionals in particular careers as they go least once each school year.
and extended learning experiences. through a day on the job.
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