Engage! Career Exploration and Readiness

This is a project based course designed to help middle school students explore career options using the Nebraska Career Education Model and understand the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards. The course is organized by three themes – Making it My Choice, A World of Options and Charting a Direction – with culminating individual and group projects. Students will define career clusters and pathways, describe examples of career readiness, utilize self-assessments to better understand interests, establish a career portfolio and create a personal learning plan to provide direction to high school and post-high school activities. This course is aligned to American School Counselor Association Standards for Students and integrates EducationQuest tools and resources for middle school students.

Recommended Level: Grades 7-8
Course Code:  320300

Engage User Guide

Unit 1 Overview

Unit 2 Overview

Unit 3 Overview

Unit 4 Overview

If you are interested in Engage, contact Donna Hoffman

Reality Check



Nebraska Department of Education Links

Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Career Education
Nebraska Department of Education Curriculum & Instruction Team

Outside Links

American School Counselor Association
NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting
Nebraska Career Connections
Nebraska Association of School Boards
Nebraska School Activities Association
Nebraska Council of School Administrators
States’ Career Clusters
US Department of Health & Human Services
US Department of Education


Nebraska School Counseling Brochure (PDF)
Personal Learning Plans (PLP) Brochure (PDF)
PLP Goal Setting Guide (PDF)
Nebraska Sample Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) (NDE Link)
NCE Model (NDE Link)
C4C Curriculum for Careers Brochure (PDF)
School Counselors as CTE Stakeholders (PDF)

Personal Learning Plan

A Personal Learning Plan is a student’s current plan of coursework and extended learning activities to meet the student’s education, career, and life goals.


Click the image above to view the Personal Learning Plan Booklet

Parent Information

Parent information about Career Development

Watch this video to learn how to
help your child with career development 
Guiding Your Children to Career Success Video

NEW! Reality Check:
Guiding Your Children to Career Success

Be careful of how your student is planning postsecondary education.  
Is this a plan?
4 Year Plan Youtube

These are important skills employers want!  
Start now to help your student build these skills

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards checklist


This model shows how Nebraska schools introduce different types of careers!
Nebraska Career Education Model


Help guide your child to H3 jobs  
Discover Hot Jobs in Nebraska!
(This website is updated every week!)

Here are some typical jobs for each career area that need different levels of education


Here is an opportunity to see Nebraska
businesses and career opportunities!

Nebraska Career Tours
To learn about financial aid
to prepare for college
Free online career information system
for students and adults.  
There is a parent section too


Check this out!
 A parent guide for career planning  
Parent toolkit for academic, social emotional and health and wellness from pre-kindergarten through high school.  Website is developed by NBC EducationNation.


Nebraska Research

2010 Nebraska School Counseling State Evaluation

School Counseling Does Make a Difference!

A statewide evaluation of Nebraska School Counseling programs was recently conducted by the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research University of Massachusetts Amherst to answer the following questions:

  1. Do school counseling programs in Nebraska high schools contribute significantly to students’ educational outcomes?

  2. What aspects of school practice contribute the most to students’ educational outcomes?

  3. Based upon these results, how might school counseling practice in Nebraska be improved?

Videos about Nebraska School Counseling

Crete VideoWestside VideoLincoln East Video

Counselor-Student Relationships (Crete)

Counselor-Administrator Partnership (Westside)

Advantages of Having a School Counseling Program (Lincoln East)

Career Readiness and Parental Involvement (Westside)

School Counseling Advocacy Publications for Parents and All Stakeholders

College and Career BrochureBookmarkSummary Cover 

College and Career Trifold Brochure




School Counseling Data Publications for Counselors, Administrators and School Boards

Evaluation CoverSummary CoverResearch BriefData Brochure

Full Report


Research Brief,
Selected Segments

Data and Recommendations Trifold Brochure


Research ReviewImplementation SurveyPractice AlignmentSchool Counseling Week Flier

Effective Use



School Counseling Week Flier

News in BriefPowerpoint ImageMiddle School Initiative Brochure

News in Brief


Middle School Initiative Brochure

2012 Administrators’ Days Powerpoint Presentation

School Counseling Advocacy for Legislators

P16 Legislative BriefResearch BriefProclamationPowerpoint Image

Research Brief, Support of P16

Research Brief,
Selected Segments

School Counseling Week Proclamation


Summary CoverData Brochure  


Data and Recommendations Trifold Brochure



2002 Nebraska School Counselor Survey

A survey was completed by 400+ Nebraska School Counselors in May of 2002. The data is available by ESU, Statewide and Statewide minus Lincoln and Omaha. Select the ESU data that you wish to view by clicking on the map below.

ESU 16

State survey


Professional Development Workshops and Conferences

Nebraska Career Education Conference


Mark your calendar for the 2017 NCE Conference! June 4-8, 2018


ASCA Annual Conference 2018

Visit the ASCA Website for more details

July 14 – 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA


NSCA School Counseling Academy

2018 NSCA-Academy November 9-10 in Lincoln, NE


Nebraska Policy

NDE School Counseling Policy | Adopted by State Board of Education 10/2015

NDE School Counseling EndorsementNEW – Effective 8/1/2017

Nebraska Accredited Schools
Pertaining to Guidance Programs (Rule 10)

007.05 Guidance Staff. Quality Indicator: A comprehensive, developmental K-12 guidance and counseling program assists all students in learning skills needed for academic success and for personal/social and career development. The guidance program includes planned classroom and group activities, counseling services responsive to individuals and small groups, and assistance to students in academic planning and placement. The school and community work cooperatively to provide appropriate support for students, families, and teachers.

Guidance and counseling programs are directed by professional staff with appropriate endorsements in guidance and counseling. Professional staff are assigned based upon local needs determined through a formal process documenting the needs.

007.05A Each K-12 and each secondary school system assigns at least a one-half time equivalency person to conduct a guidance and counseling program. The level of assignment is determined by the local school system and the person assigned holds a guidance and counseling endorsement appropriate for the level(s) assigned. When enrollment in a school system exceeds 400, the system assigns at least one full-time equivalency appropriately endorsed person.

007.05B School systems having a total of 300 or more students in the middle grades, secondary grades, or high school grades assign at least a one-half time appropriately endorsed person to provide guidance and counseling for the level. When the total enrollment in any of those levels reaches 450, one full-time equivalent appropriately endorsed person is assigned. Thereafter, an additional one-half time appropriately endorsed person is assigned for each 225 students at any of those levels.

007.05C School districts having 300 or more students in the elementary grades have guidance programs or services available for the elementary students. The procedures and time allotment are determined by the local school district.

007.05D Until September 1, 2006, a person holding a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with no endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling may be assigned to fulfill the requirements of Sections 007.05A and 007.05B if such person acquires at least six credit hours each year toward an endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling pursuant to 92 NAC 24. Persons employed by a Nebraska school to provide guidance and counseling services prior to July 1, 1989 and hold a Nebraska Special Services Certificate with an endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling services may fulfill the requirements of this regulation.

007.05E In nonpublic schools, clergy holding a Nebraska teaching or administrative certificate may be assigned to fulfill the requirement of Sections 007.05A and 007.05B.

Nebraska Certification of Guidance Counselors (Rule 24)
School Guidance Counselor
Grade levels: K-6, 4-9, 7-12
Endorsement Type: Field

Persons with this endorsement may serve as school guidance counselors in kindergarten through grade 6, grades 4 through 9, or grades 7 through 12.

Certification Endorsement Requirements: The endorsement shall require the applicant to have had at least two years of teaching experience, 36 graduate semester hours and a master’s Degree in School Counseling, including;

•At least one hundred clock hours of clinical experience prior to internship; and
•At least four hundred fifty (450) clock hours of internship


Contact Nebraska School Counseling!

Donna Hoffman
School Counseling Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: 402.471.4811
Fax: 402.471.0117

Terri Donahue

Professional Assistant

Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: 402.471.4815
Fax: 402.471.0117


Nebraska School Counseling

Welcome to Nebraska School Counseling!

NDE School Counseling Policy | Adopted by State Board of Education 10/2015

NE and ASCA Standards Alignment Document

Personalized Learning Plans

Inspiring All Youth to Reach Higher in Pursuit of Their Career and Life Goals
Nebraska Personal Learning Plan Summit Keynote Powerpoint


A listserv especially for PreK – 8th Grade School Counseling topics.
Each Counselor must self-subscribe to the list by clicking on the following link:

Once signed up you will get a confirmation email, which also includes the listserv address so you can send messages right away!

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success

K-12 College- and Career- Readiness Standards for Every Student

Career Clusters Resources

Career Clusters Resources


Career Readiness

Career Readiness ToolkitHaitudes for Career Ready Students






NE Career Clusters

Click above to explore Nebraska companies.

The virtual tours provide a unique opportunity to experience Nebraska-based industries without leaving the classroom.

Teacher Discussion Guides:

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

Why Career Readiness? video

Why Career Readiness?” 3.19 minute video


Nebraska Career Academy Programs

NE Career Academies

Nebraska Career Academy Program Checklist

Dual Credit

BrochureDual Credit Trifoldsocialshare 



Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections provides individualized accounts and valuable resources for determining career paths and necessary education to achieve career and life goals.

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child with the Career Planning Process