Washoe Country School District

July 29, 2014

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Career and College Readiness

Career and College Readiness means that a high school graduate is ready to pursue preparation for a highly-skilled career and is admissible to and prepared to succeed in first-year, credit-bearing classes without remediation at a 2- or 4-year college, technical or trade school, or apprenticeship program. A “career” differs from a “job” in that a career offers the opportunity to advance and develop profesionally.

Career and College Readiness Guidelines* are not requirements for graduation or college entrance, but they help fill the gap that exists between a high school diploma and readiness for college and careers.  

How do I get my child on the right track to be prepared for college or a career?


  • ACT WorkKeys tests measure specific kinds of workplace skills for entry-level positions and are recommended for students planning to enter the workforce directly after graduation. Gold or Platinum National Career Readiness Certificates, earned with scores of 5 or higher on three of the tests, are recommended for entering highly-skilled career pathways

*Students who do not meet one or more of the guidelines but who desire to attend college or pursue highly-skilled careers are encouraged to do so and to take advantage of available assistance.

Need more information to help your child succeed?

Click here for links to various resources from test prepration to college affordability, and visit the website of the Education Alliance of Washoe County.