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About Educational Development Plans (EDPS)

Educational Development Plans (EDPs) are part of a larger, more comprehensive academic and career planning process that all 7th - 12th graders must complete and review/revise annually. Ingham Intermediate School District provides the funds for Ingham County students to utilize a product called Career Cruising.
Career Cruising is an online career guidance and planning tool designed for people of all ages.
Using this tool, students can find the right career, explore education and training options, build their own portfolio (EDP), and manage their course selection process.

Career Cruising offers students the following opportunities:

  • Career Cruising's Portfolio Tool-Allows students to save and organize career exploration activities, develop an EDP and create a resume.
  • Career Matchmaker-Provides students with clear and helpful personal feedback. Career Matchmaker not only suggests suitable occupations, it also shows students how each of those occupations matches your personal and work interests.
  • My Skills-Matches student's skills to careers and helps students see which skills may need to be developed.
  • Occupational Information-Detailed occupation profiles, growth occupations, labor market information and wage data on over 600 careers.
  • College Information-Provides comprehensive information on thousands of 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and career and technical schools across the country.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information-Financial aid database includes details on thousands of scholarships, grants, awards, fellowships, and other assistance programs.
  • Employement Tool- Helps students learn about employability skills and research local and regional empoyment opportunities.

Assessment Tools

  • Career Matchmakeris based on an internationally acclaimed interest assessment that match student interest to careers.
  • My Skillscomponent matches students' skills to careers.
  • Personalized Feedback helps students understand how careers relate to their skills and interests

Career Exploration

Hundreds of detailed occupation profiles can be easily accessed-everything from Actuary to Zoologist-including job descriptions, working conditions, education and training, earnings, and job outlook.
  • Multimedia Interviews- multimedia onscreen interviews allow students to see and hear from real people in each occupation.
  • Search Options- A variety of search options allow students to find careers that meet their needs and goals.
  • Direct Links - Direct links between careers and education programs help students take the next step.
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Comprehensive Education Planning

A national database of post-secondary schools includes detailed information on colleges, universities, and other training opportunities.
  • Detailed School Profiles, including information on admissions, expenses, and athletics
  • Search Options- Students can search for schools by keyword, program name, state/province, or program cluster
  • Direct Links - Access a school's website for additional information
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EDP Integration

With its seamless integration into the career and education planning process, Career Cruising's online Portfolio Tool leads students effortlessly through the steps of preparing for the world of work.
  • Save Careers and Schools of Interest
  • Create a personalized four-year high school education plan
  • Document career preparation plans and activities
  • Record extracurricular activities, awards, and work and volunteer experiences
  • Store career and education related documents online
  • Create professional looking resumes
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School Administration Reporting

Career advisors and administrators have access to powerful and unique reporting tools designed to measure student progress, track usage, and manage information. Advisors can also choose from an array of customization options designed to tailor Career Cruising to meet the needs of our staff and students.
  • Generate summary reports to determine careers and schools of interest for your students.
  • Input customized course lists that students can use to create their high school education plan.
  • Export data collected from student EDPs in other applications.
  • Communicate with students using an internal messaging system.
  • View aggregate data for a district, region, or state.