Throughout their years at FCHS students are provided with a variety of means of career exploration. The process actually begins in 8th grade with the Explore test which includes a career interest inventory. The results of this inventory suggest possible career paths based on student responses. Results of the Explore test are given to parents in the early spring of 8th grade year and are discussed with students during the first months of freshman year when they have their individual meeting with the guidance counselor. The interest inventory is repeated on the PLAN test in 10th grade and the ACT which is part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) in 11th grade. Again, results are sent home to parents a month or two after the test and results are discussed with students. The following site has useful information on interpreting the interest inventory:
Students meet with their counselor in the fall of sophomore year and discuss career and college plans. During this meeting, students are provided with a number of useful websites to help with the career exploration and college selection process. One website in particular is shown to students as an excellent resource for career planning. The site offers a wide variety of career assessments. all of which offer suggestions of possible career paths based on student responses.
Throughout the year, various college and career fairs are announced through the school bulletin and this website for students to attend and further their career search.