Does the Online College and Career Readiness Resource Center (OCCRRC) cost?

No, the resource is absolutely free to all Texas educators.

Is there special log-in information that is needed to access the OCCRRC?

No, the resorce is available via the website at www.txccrsc.org

Does the OCCRRC award CEU credit?

CEU credit is issued by Education Service Center Region 13.  After you complete the 22 lessons, you can take an exam that will award 24 hours of CEU credit with successful mastery (80%) of the objectives.  You can access the exam at https://ecampus.esc13.net.  If you do not already have an account, follow the easy steps to create an account.  Select workshop FA1430925.  You will be able to print your certificate after a brief survey at the end of the session.

I am in a school district; can I use the videos to show to parents and our community stakeholders?

Yes, all the resources in the OCCRRC are free to use for Texas educators.

How long is each lesson?

The lessons vary in length but most participants can complete a lesson, view all the resources within the lesson, view all the videos and engage in the interactive activities within 90 minutes.

Where can I get a listing for all the resources that are used in the OCCRRC?

At the end of each lesson there is a link to all the resources as well as a link to just those resources that relate specifically to that lesson.

Why are the Texas College and Career Readiness Profile Planning Guide and the Online College and Career Readiness Resource Center (OCCRRC) located on the same website?

The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board both work to build college and career ready students in Texas.  These two major projects create a powerful resource for Texas educators.  The Profile Planning Guide is used with school administrators and leadership teams.  The OCCRRC is useful for all educators, students, and parents.  Together, they provide a comprehensive experience for users.

Is there a lesson specifically designed for counselors?

It is recommended that counselors engage in all lessons in the OCCRRC.  However, Lesson 10: How Can PK-12 Counselors Prepare Students for College and Career? Is a great place to start.

Should I work on all the lessons, in order?

You do not need to work through lessons one to twenty-two in chronological order.  Each lesson is designed to stand on its own merits.  However, the lessons do spiral instruction to reinforce prior learning.

How were the resources chosen? 

The resources were researched and validated prior to acceptance for the course.

Is the course in alignment with House Bill 5?

Yes, the course was written after the adoption of House Bill 5; therefore, it is up-to-date on the information shared.

Can I find examples of Programs of Study and Personal Graduation Plans in the course?

Chapter 2, Lesson 7.6 has examples of both the Programs of Study and Personal Graduation Plans.

I am an elementary teacher, why should I prepare my students for post-secondary opportunities when it is so far away?

The decisions that students make as early as eighth grade can have a big effect on their college and career preparation and success later in life. Although students might not be thinking about college when they are in elementary school, it is important that teachers, parents, counselors, and administrators all work together to help them develop college and career awareness and begin planning for their futures while in elementary school.

Can I find information in this course that will help my special needs students receive post-secondary training?

Students with special needs face many challenges when it comes to entering and completing post-secondary programs. As educators work to prepare young people for post-secondary opportunities, it is vital that all students with special needs are served appropriately. They must be equipped with the same kinds of knowledge and skills as their general education peers so they can meet their full educational potential and experience post-secondary success.  You can find more information in Chapter 4, Lesson 15.

There are a lot of new laws surround foster children.  Can I find these laws in this course?

Yes, Chapter 4, Lesson 18 tells about all the laws surrounding foster children and education.

How can I direct my students to careers that will pay a good wage?

Chapter 2, Lesson 6 describes High-skill, High-wage, High-demand Occupations.

Most of my students don’t have money for college, where can I find financial aid for them?

Chapter 5, Lessons 21 & 22 provide descriptions of all the types of financial aid available to students.

I have a student who is not a citizen of the United States, can he go to college?

Texas has recognized the lost opportunities caused by these barriers, both for undocumented students and for the states that invest in their K-12 educations, but then limit access to colleges and universities. Texas has taken steps to allow undocumented students to pursue higher education, thus increasing the opportunity for these young people to contribute to the Texas workforce and economy.  Please see Chapter 4, Lesson 17 for more information.

I was looking over the OCCRRC site and was interested in watching some of the videos.  How does a counselor get to these resources?  I am especially interested in Video #22 that has to do with financial aid.

Any Texas educator can assess the entire resource at www.txccrsc.org.  You can view a specific section of the resources by clicking on “Take the Course” from the top toolbar and choose the desired lesson number or topic.