College, Career and Military Readiness
College, Career, and Military Readiness
The vision of the CCMR department is for all CFBISD students to graduate high school prepared for a college, career, or military path of their choice and empowered to be competent, productive members of society. In addition to the college, career, and military readiness information and activities provided on CFB campuses, information and resources are listed here to help students and their families become active and engaged in their exploration of the right postsecondary match for them.
CCMR Preparation Timeline
This checklist provides an outline to preview and guide students toward completion of CCMR readiness tasks during every year of high school. As you review and identify areas where you might need more information, please let your counselor and CCMR staff know how we can support you in achieving your college, career, and military goals.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. The Program also offers an interest inventory and other activities designed to help students explore the world of work and gain confidence in making career decisions.
The ASVAB Program is for students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, as well as students in postsecondary schools. Results of the aptitude test and the interest inventory enable students to evaluate their skills, estimate their performance in academic and vocational endeavors, and identify potentially satisfying careers.
Eighty-three percent of students who take the ASVAB CEP are not interested in joining the military. In fact, 96% of students who participate say the ASVAB CEP helped them plan for their future. Regardless of a student’s future plans, the ASVAB CEP can put them on the right path toward finding a career that is right for them. For more information, please visit the ASVAB website.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program available in 6th through 12th grade as an elective course and school-wide support system designed to prepare students for college success. AVID has a proven track record nationwide for both bringing out the very best in individuals and ensuring that they are eligible and ready to enter a four-year college or university after high school graduation.
The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading and strategies for success that include organization, time management and study skills.
The AVID course is one in which any student could benefit. AVID is a campus-wide college readiness support system that will work hand-in-hand with the core content courses to prepare students for challenging, rigorous work. In the AVID elective class, students engage in writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading strategies to help them master rigorous academic content. High expectations are paired with strategies for success (such as note taking, time management, organization and goal setting) and in-class Socratic-inquiry tutorial sessions so that students excel in advanced courses and are prepared for the rigors of university work. AVID students become the model of college readiness. Students must apply to be in the AVID elective class. AVID Site Teams at each campus review student applications and interview students to determine students who meet the expectations and would benefit the most from the class. Participation in AVID is a high honor that any student would want to attain.
AVID Tutors Needed!
AVID trained tutors facilitate learning in study groups by subject that leads to increased student participation and success. Tutors are there to create an environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and deepen their understanding of content and concepts in a collaborative, supportive setting. Tutors are essential to the success of AVID, acting as a resource and role model for AVID students both academically and socially.
For more information about becoming an AVID Tutor, please contact Katie Tilton at 972-968-6563.
Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life.
The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
Vocational education provides the training necessary to become qualified professionals in a variety of trades. This type of learning, also known as career and technical education (CTE), blends academic and technical instruction to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce. CFBISD provides over 40 certification options that lead to amazing careers after high school.
- OSHA 10
- I-Car Intro to Collision Repair Series
- ASE – Brakes
- ASE – Engine Performance
- ASE – Maint. L R
- ASE 609 Refridg. Recovery Recycling
- ASE Intro to Auto
- ASE Auto Service Tech
- ASE Suspension
- ASE HVAC
- ASE Mobile Refrigerant Cert.
- Motion 5
- Photoshop Cs6
- Photoshop CC
- Premier Pro
- Valvoline Oil Change
- NCCER-Welding 1
- NCCER – Core
- Food Handlers
- Cosmetology licensure exam
- Microsoft Office – Word 2010
- Microsoft Office – Excel 2010
- Microsoft Office – PowerPoint
- Southwest Airlines Professional Communications Certification
- Emergency Medical Responder
- IV Sterile Products
- Pharmacy Tech (PTCB)
- Patient Care Technician (PCT)
- Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science
- Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications
- Veterinary Assistant – level 1
- NCLA Prin of Livestock Selection & Eval
- Canine Care Training Program
- Beef Quality Assurance Program
CFBISD offers competitive and outstanding education at any of our high schools and through any one of our specific academies. The rigor of our programs exposes students to accelerated learning and opens a variety of doors to post-secondary options. Students in all programs participate in field trips and earn dual credit for college. Students apply to these programs during their 8th-grade year and are selected according to the criteria of grades, attendance records, state assessments, essays and teacher recommendations.
Reasons why high school students would want to do an internship:
- Completing an internship is a great way to begin exploring career options.
- Completing an internship helps students decide what courses they may like to take when they begin college.
- Most importantly, completing an internship can set you apart from your peer
CFBISD offers access to the military as a post-secondary option. The U.S. Military provides training and work experience in a variety of military careers. Members of the Armed Forces work in almost all occupations that are available to civilians in addition to occupations that are specific to the military. Service men and women serve on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, or in the Reserve components of these branches, and the Air National Guard and California Army National Guard.
The military employs people in many different occupational specialties, many of which are similar to civilian occupations. There are two- and four-year Reserve Officers Training (ROTC) Programs in colleges leading to a commission as an officer. During their junior and senior years of college, students can receive stipends of $450 to $500 per month.
Visit Today’s Military, a website provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, to learn about military entrance requirements, how to contact a recruiter, and questions to ask a recruiter.
- Apply Texas
- Dallas County Promise
- Texas Exemption Programs
ApplyTexas was created to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding post-secondary institutions available in Texas.
On ApplyTexas you can accomplish a multitude of tasks including:
- Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.
- Apply for undergraduate, international and graduate admission.
- Copy a submitted application to another institution.
- Submit your application essays online.
- Apply for scholarships from participating universities.
Dallas County Promise
Free College Tuition for Select CFBISD High Schools
What is Dallas County Promise?
Dallas County Promise is a program that reduces financial barriers and supports students graduating from ECHS, NSHS, and Turner succeeding in college, careers, and life with a commitment to securing a rewarding job in their career pathway. All 2019 graduates from the participating CFBISD schools have the opportunity to earn a last-dollar scholarship that will cover any gap between what a student’s state and federal financial aid cover and the cost of tuition at a Promise Partner college. Promise Scholars also have access to a Success Coach and exclusive transfer scholarships at Promise Transfer Partner universities. All Promise Partner colleges promise to support and challenge you as you make your dreams a reality. All Promise Scholars will have a success coach to be your “go-to” person as you navigate your college experience. We all promise to continue to work hard to create more opportunities for all students like you to pursue education beyond high school.
My high school is not on the participating school list. Is there another scholarship for me?
You may still be eligible to access a tuition and textbook scholarship to DCCCD through Rising Star. Visit www.DCCCD.edu/RisingStar for more information. Rising Star scholarship applications open October 1 and are due March 15 for all high schools.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) is used to collect information to help determine eligibility for state financial aid programs that are administered by institutions of higher education in the state of Texas. Students that are classified as a Texas Resident who cannot apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to complete the TASFA.
CFBISD GO Centers are physical spaces in our high schools equipped with computers and overseen by school staff or college student mentors from higher education institutes. Students visit the GO Centers and research career opportunities, college options, and financial aid.
GO Centers help to promote higher education to high school students and are a great way to provide hands-on support completing admissions and financial aid applications, searching for scholarships, and selecting a college or career.
Services GO Centers Provide:
- College Admission Awareness
- College Application Assistance
- Financial Aid Application Assistance
- Financial Aid Advising
- Career Exploration
- Scholarship Assistance
- College Advising
- College Campus Visits and Tours
- Academic Advising
ACT vs SAT are more similar now but key distinctions between the tests still remain. Therefore, ACT prep and SAT prep are two different undertakings. Since colleges do not really have a preference for one test over the other, high school students should plan to check out both tests before starting extensive ACT prep, or SAT prep. Choosing the test that aligns best with a particular student’s skills is most beneficial.
Finding scholarships is a considerable undertaking, but one that generally rewards the best prepared and hardest working students. The key to getting scholarships is applying early and often. Often times, students will give up or pursue only a few or several scholarships. We encourage CFBISD students to be the students that never give up and persistently search for, apply to and eventually be awarded scholarships.
The CFB Educational Foundation administers various civic, business, individual, and Foundation scholarships. All scholarships utilize the CFBISD online scholarship application. Students complete a single online application that will filter each applicant’s eligibility for consideration for each of these potential scholarship opportunities.
Local scholarships are a great way to help pay for school. Scholarship providers like to see people from their community succeed and so they often offer local scholarships available only to residents of a particular geographic region. Since the number of students who qualify is limited based on location, the chances of winning local scholarships are often greater than the odds of winning national scholarships. This can make local scholarships an attractive and easy option for funding your education.
Scholarships offered at the national level have a tendency to be competitive and often even prestigious, occasionally offering special incentives such as study abroad opportunities. Though it may require more effort and work, they are highly impressive for resumes and future references. Often, students applying for and winning such scholarships find that the more they win, the more they keep winning, perhaps in part due to the fact they have a bit more experience and confidence and possibly also due to what now might be considered an impressive scholarship resume.
Exemptions are programs that allow Texas public colleges and universities to lower tuition for eligible students. Texas has these programs for some students who were or are:
- In foster care
- Early high school graduates
- Children of disabled or deceased peace officers
- Children of POWS or MIAs
- Children of deceased veterans
- Children of parents receiving TANF benefits
- Children of deceased public servants
For additional information, contact your school counselor.
Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. The program puts students at the center of their college and career planning experience. It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the world of work. Student access information will be coming soon!