Habitudes for Career Ready Students

Habitudes for CRS

Free Resources

“Why Career Readiness?” Lesson Plan

Habitudes for Career Ready Students Poster (11×17)

Community Engagement Flyer

Growing Leaders Habitudes Order Request Flyer

Student Handout: Connecting Habitudes to Career Readiness Standards

Habitudes for Career Ready Students – FAQ for Teachers

Aligning Habitudes to Standards Flashcards:

To Request a Habitudes Training, Contact:

Kristin Vest or Sydney Kobza
402-471-4814 or 402-471-4818 

Career Readiness Toolkit

CR Toolkit

College and Career Readiness Toolkit

NEW! “Why Career Readiness?” Lesson Plan
NEW! Community Engagement Flier
Habitudes for Career Ready Students Webpage
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Alignment: Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Poster (17×22): Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards Checklist

Video: Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

VIDEO: Reality Check: Guiding Your Children to Career Success

NEW! Reality Check: Guiding Your Children to Career Success (Parent Flyer PDF)

Nebraska Career Tours: Teacher Discussion Guides

Nebraska Career Tours Website
About This Project

Agriculture, Food, + Natural Resources
Architecture + Construction
Health Sciences
Information Technology
Science, Technology, Engineering, + Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution, + Logistics

Related Links

Career Readiness Modules (DOL | DED | NDE)
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
ENGAGE! Career Readiness and Exploration

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Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)


Center for Student Leadership and Expanded 

The mission of the Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning is to provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate leadership skills to become college and career ready. This is accomplished through:

  • engagement in Career Student Organizations

  • leadership and personal responsibility

  • classroom learning combined with real-world relevance

  • teamwork and collaboration

  • community service and citizenship


CTSO Professional Development Opportunities



DECA is organized around an ambitious goal: to improve education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.



FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provides innovative leadership and career development programs for students interested in business administration, management, finance and information technology careers.



FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders; address personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. 

Educators Rising

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Educators Rising
Educators Rising is an organization that helps make sure teachers have the experience and skills they need to be ready for the classroom. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly.



FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
HOSA is a national student organization that prepares health science students for careers as health professionals by developing leadership, compassion, character, and well being.



SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together
to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Schools with Career Student Organizations

Specialty Support Programs

Integrated throughout the six career fields.
Nontraditional and Special Populations
School Counseling and Career Guidance
Work-Based Learning

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

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“A career ready person capitalizes on personal strengths, talents, education and experiences to bring value to the workplace and the community through his/her performance, skill, diligence, ethics and responsible behavior.”

— Definition of career readiness adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on May 5, 2010.

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards describe varieties of expertise that educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These standards rest on important “practices and proficiencies” with long-standing importance in career education. These standards and related practices are not limited to formal CTE programs nor to the middle school or high school level. Rather, these standards and practices should be used over and over again with increasing complexity and relevance by students as they progress through their educational pathway. The standards themselves do not dictate curriculum, pedagogy or delivery of content. Schools and colleges may handle the teaching and assessing of these standards in many different ways.

The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards were derived from extensive input from business and industry representatives expressing the most critical skills needed for employee and/or entrepreneur success. The standards were developed in conjunction with the National Career Clusters Framework. The Career Cluster Framework has been developed over the past decade with input from national business and industry committees representing the 16 comprehensive Career Clusters. In short, the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards provide a valid source of workplace expectations for all students to be career ready.

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

— Unanimously adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on December 8, 2011.

Alignment: Career Readiness Standards

— Produced in collaboration with the North Central Comprehensive Center and the Standards Team Analysts at McREL.

Poster (17×22): Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards Checklist

Video: Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards are an outgrowth of the Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness held November 3rd and 4th, 2009 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Detailed report of the Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness

The career ready individual…


1. Applies appropriate academic and technical skills


2. Communicates effectively and appropriately


3. Contributes to employer and community success


4. Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them


5. Uses critical thinking


6. Demonstrates innovation and creativity


7. Models ethical leadership and effective management


8. Works productively in teams and demonstrates cultural competency


9. Utilizes technology


10. Manages personal career development


11. Attends to personal and financial well-being


Nebraska Career Education

Nebraska Career Education is a system that:

  • Emphasizes career development through career awareness, exploration and preparation
  • Offers world-class secondary Career Technical Education Programs of Study that provide seamless transition to post-secondary education
  • Promotes expanded learning opportunities for students through components such as Workplace Experiences and Career and Technical Student Organizations
  • Supports professional development for school counselors, teachers and administrators
  • Fosters essential partnerships that link CTE in schools and colleges with business and industry, workforce, economic development and government agencies


2018 Nebraska Career Education Conference

June 4-7, 2018
Join hundreds of career educators from across Nebraska and plan to attend the 2018 Nebraska Career Education Conference to be held Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 7 at the Younes Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska.

Registration is now open!


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