Career Preparation

Below you will find various resources used to help students prepare for their future.  If you would like additional information, please contact your local school counselor.

College Night

College Night is held annually at Clinton County RESA. This event brings over 30 colleges on display for students and parents to visit, along with 2 breakout sessions (6:15-6:45 p.m. and a repeat session 7:00-7:30 p.m.); Financial Aid and Transitioning from High School to College:  A Guide for Parents and Students. Career Connections staff is also at the event to tell about the options available to high school juniors and seniors.


Life Unplugged

Life Unplugged

Life Unplugged (LU) is an interactive, educational experience for young people that helps them envision what they want for their futures. Participants make decisions, learn financial literacy, and what it means to be an adult - the real world! Each local middle school utilizes this valuable resource and hosts an annual Life Unplugged event.

To learn more click the link below, or contact your school counselor for more information.

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is a career exploration planning tool designed for students in grades 7-12.  It is used to search for career and college options, and develop an Educational Development Plan (EDP).

Michigan Merit Exam or MME

Michigan Merit Examination is the State test that juniors across Michigan take each March. The MME is taken over a series of days and consists of three components:

  • College Board SAT
  • WorkKeys® job skills assessments in reading, mathematics, and "locating information"
  • Michigan-developed Science and Social Studies M-STEP

You can visit MDE’s website with information on this test by clicking on the link below.


The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships. It is currently part of the Michigan Merit Exam.

Click on the link below to access the College Board’s Michigan-specific webpage.


The redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments is an integrated system made up of these tests:

  • SAT
  • PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
  • PSAT 8/9

The tests measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels.

Click on the link below to access the more information regarding the PSAT.