College and Career Information


Create your Educational Development Plan (EDP)!

An Educational Development Plan (EDP) is a document showing a student’s current interests, abilities, and career pathways. It is more comprehensive than a schedule of classes because it includes information a student can use to make wise choices about post-secondary options (what's next after high school).

Why do I need an EDP?

The State of Michigan requires that students must be given the opportunity to create an EDP beginning in the 7th grade and revises it appropriately throughout high school. An EDP is designed to assist students to identify career development goals as they relate to academic requirements, which may be fulfilled through career and technical education.

Say hello to Xello!

Xello is an all-new software that helps students create their very own, unique road map for future success-enabling them to discover their own personalized pathway through self-knowledge, exploration and planning. Built on a proven model for student success, Xello aligns to the Michigan Career Development Plans (EDP) and Talent Portfolios.

Building Self-knowledge

Students define their interests, skills, preferences, and aspirations so they can explore the opportunities right for them.

Explore Options

Students learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich engaging content and lessons.

Create a Plan

Students create dynamic actionable plans that outline the steps needed to achieve school, career, and life goals.  

Learn and Reassess

As students gain experience, knowledge, and skills, they can reassess and change their plans for the future.

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Exploring Your Options

  • Youth Rules
    • A resource for increasing awareness and understanding of rules and safety measures for young workers in today's environment
  • My Future
    • A resource that brings together the most recent information on post-secondary options - College, Career, or Military
  • Big Future
    • A resource from College Board to help students explore step-by-step pathways for students that fit their goals and aptitudes 
  • PathFinder
    • An exploration of the "path" right for you with programs and resources from Michigan.  "Pathfinder is an online career exploration and planning tool to help increase the number of Michigan residents with high-quality, in-demand degrees and credentials by providing information to students to make informed choices about educational and career options. As such, it houses the compilation of resources and in so doing creates a centralized location for decision-making information." - Department of Education
  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
    • Student's Desk portion of page gives information on job growth, the economy, and offers several games and activities to help students learn their options
  • Careers in the Military
    • Explore and investigate the jobs and careers available across the varying branches of the military 
  • Best Trade Schools
    • Get help navigating trade school and vocational school programs around the country based on location and/or interest in a skill.