Career and College Links

Thinking about college but not sure about the application process or how financial aid works? Trying to decide your future career? Looking for a way to volunteer? Click the green links in the boxes below to get pointed in the right direction or to learn more about life after high school.

Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Discover and learn more about careers that align with what you like to do.

Career One Stop
This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has information about fitting your interests into a career, getting work experience, and finding career or education opportunities.
The Community Foundation of Central Illinois has a number of scholarships specifically for area students.
College Board and ACT College Planning
The College Board and ACT have planning guides to help students apply for, choose, and get ready for college. Brainfuse offers a test center with a library of online assessments, including the ACT and SAT tests.
College Navigator
Compare schools side-by-side, see a map of school locations, and discover more on this site from the National Center for Education Statistics.
College Possible
College Possible has resources and tips on applying for and getting into college.
College Zone
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has information about what to do before college, during college, and after college.
Engineer Girl
Find out more about what different engineers do to see if the engineering field is a good fit for you.
Start a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here. Brainfuse offers live, online help completing FAFSA
Fast Web
Free, searchable database of almost 200,000 sources of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans.
Federal Student Aid
How do you get student aid? What types of aid exist? This site answers those questions and more.
An overall financial aid information page, including scholarships, loans and military aid.
Find volunteer opportunities or job and internship postings for nonprofit careers at Idealist.
Job Corps for Young Adults
The U.S. Department of Labor runs this site that has information about what Job Corps is all about.
My Future helps you plan your next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives you job descriptions, salaries, working conditions, education and job outlook for the next few years.
The study abroad resource for programs in more than 100 countries throughout the world.
Unigo is the world’s largest platform for college students to share reviews, photos, videos, documents, and more with students on their campus and across the country. High school students can find out what life is really like at America’s colleges, and make friends to help them find the school that’s right for them.
Volunteer Match
Use Volunteer Match to find a volunteer opportunity in your area that speaks to your interests.
World Wide Learn
Find over 16700 online degree programs and courses from online colleges & universities. Search by subject/major, degree level, and location.