Welcome to the BHS College & Career Center!

Through the BHS College & Career Center, students are able to access information about post secondary opportunities, including college, trade schools, military service, apprenticeships, employment, and training programs. 

Please contact BHS College & Career Counselor, Christina Belsky, with any questions!  Click here to schedule a meeting with Mrs. Belsky.

Part-time Jobs for Students

BHS does not vet or guarantee positions below for BHS students.

  Launch Trampoline Park in Novi

Read job posting here.

 Robot Garage

 Pharmacy Tech - Meijer in Royal Oak

- must be 18 years or older
- no past experience in pharmacy/medical training needed
- On the job, hands on training.
- Start as a level 1 pharmacy technician with room to grow to a level 4 technician.
- pay start of $15.50/hr
-part time with room to grow to full time
- Meijer pays for all training exams to level up to next level of pharmacy technician
-Must be a people person. Lots of customer service interaction
- Must be a team player and willing to help out the team
-Fast paced environment so you must be able to keep up
Apply at this link: https://meijer.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Meijer_Stores_Hourly/job/Royal-Oak-MI/Pharmacy-Tech_R000159983 and send an email at david.filimon@Meijer.com after you have applied.

Star Trax Valet in Ferndale

 Toyology Toys in Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield

Marketing, advertising, stock, customer service, retail sales, register experience and amazing people skills, and more. Interested applicants should contact Tracy 248-562-7524 or at tracy@toyologytoys.com.

 City of Pleasant Ridge Recreation Department

The city of Pleasant Ridge is hiring Building Supervisors for the fall-spring to work evenings and weekends.  Duties included but not limited to: meet/greet rental groups, light cleaning, supervision of the building during rental events.  The pay is $10 an hour.  Apply here or contact Shawnie Stamper at ss@cityofpr.org with any questions.

 Petruzzello's Banquet & Conference Center in Troy

Petruzzello's Banquet and Conference Center in Troy, MI is an upscale banquet hall that is currently hiring waitstaff and dishwashers.  The position is part time and requires reliable transportation with evening and weekend availability.  Anyone interested can apply by emailing info@petruzzellos.comby applying in person or via phone at 248-879-1000.

 Townsend Hotel in Birmingham

The Townsend Hotel is hiring!  Looking for candidates that are ages 15 or older for all job openings. Availability for shifts in the PM and on weekends, to work around school hours.  Positions include:

  • Dishwasher
  • Server Assistant (Busser)
  • Banquet Server

All positions listed above are eligible for a $500 Hiring Bonus, to be paid out after 90 days of employment.  Wages for all positions above start at $15/hr+.  Click here to apply!

 Old Navy on Coolidge in Troy

M Street Bakery in Novi

Students interested in applying should complete the application and email it to employment@mstreetbaking.com.  More information and pics can be found on the M Street website https://www.mstreetbaking.com.

 Birmingham YMCA

Birmingham Family YMCA is now hiring lifeguards! With exceptional training through Ellis & Associates, all lifeguard candidates will learn life saving skills that include CPR, emergency oxygen usage, and first aid.  Apply Online Here!

  • $300 Lifeguard Sign on Bonus
  • Free In-House Training Opportunities
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Free Y Membership with Employment
  • Staff Referral Bonuses
  • Provided Uniforms 

Huntington Woods Latchkey

 Roots in Birmingham

  • Interested students should email their resume, along with name and contact information to smstore605@roots.com or visit indeed.com to complete an application.
  • Students should reference BHS Counseling newsletter as how did they found out about the job. 

 Auburn Pharmaceutical

  • Distributor of generic pharmaceutical products in a brand-new facility in Rochester Hills. 
  • Looking to hire several high school students who are interested in gaining work experience in our clean, highly secure distribution center. 
  • Offering both part-time and full-time employment and looking to hire the right candidates immediately.
  • Students can work at our facility now, during school part-time and during school breaks.
  • Brief job description found here
  • Candidates should contact Michelle Zelazny by email or at (248) 526-3700 ext 232. 


Obtaining a Work Permit

Print out a blank permit

Click on the link that reflects your age at time of employment: 

Complete the required sections

  1. You must complete Section 1. 
  2. Your employer must complete Section 2.  
  3. Once both sections are completed, please come down to the Office or email an copy to BHS Main Office Secretary, Kara Watson, or Counseling Center Secretary, Lesli Wyatt

New Opportunities...

 Architecture, Construction, Engineering: SE Michigan ACE Mentor Student Program

Virtual Info Sessions on Sept. 30th, Oct. 6th or 12th - Register!

High school students in the Detroit area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.  In addition, many students form positive relationships with industry professionals who can provide important references for obtaining college admissions, scholarships, internships and full-time employment.

Visit the ACE SE Michigan webpage for additional information!

Women in Construction Day

Nov. 5th at Clarkston Middle School

This exciting hands-on career exploration event offers young women in grades 9-12 a unique opportunity to discover and experience options that are traditionally viewed as male-oriented. Students will complete projects in a safe and well-supervised environment in the areas of mixed reality technologies, woodworking, energy efficiency, the trades and leadership. Throughout the day they will learn from and interact with dynamic women working in these areas who are volunteering their time.  Register here!

Participation is free, open to all and limited to 120 students. Participants will receive a t-shirt, giveaways and lunch will be provided!  Register here!

  • When: Friday, November 5th from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Where: Clarkston Junior High 6595 Waldon Rd, Clarkston MI 48346

Oakland County Pathways to Apprenticeship Virtual Info Sessions

Info sessions are Sept. 28th, Oct. 7th or 13th - Register!

Any current junior or senior who exhibits passion for the construction industry and an apprenticeship opportunity is able to apply to the Oakland Schools Pathways to Apprenticeship STW Summer Program sponsored by the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) in partnership with the Michigan Laborers Training Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI) and Oakland Schools.

Pathways to Apprenticeship for Fall 2021

Where to look...

Local colleges and universities usually offer summer programs to high school students.  If you google a local college and "summer camp for high school students", you will yield a lot results in your search!  Below are some other great resources in locating pre-college, enrichment, and summer camp opportunities!

HS Navigator

Database of internships, enrichment opportunities for school students

Created by a high school student, HS Navigator is a one-stop search tool for finding pre-college summer program or internship or volunteer opportunities high school students. HS Navigator will help you to filter your search experience based on your diverse subject interest, location, preferred university, program duration, budget and more.  Programs are added every week and you can subscribe for more updates. 

Click here to check out HS Navigator!

Lawrence Tech Summer Camps for High School Students

Camps in STEM fields, Architecture, Design, Marketing

Please click here to view residential and day options and camp dates!

 National Student Leadership Conference Pre-College Programs

Career-Focused Leadership conferences at over 15 universities nationwide!

Since 1989, The National Student Leadership Conference has been the premier provider of career-focused leadership conferences. Tens of thousands of high school students from across the globe have come to the NSLC for an unparalleled opportunity to meet with and learn from world leaders, academic experts and their peers. Each summer program helps students develop their own leadership potential while exploring some of today’s most exciting professions.

Click here to view Pre-College Summer Enrichment programs offered through NSLC!

Georgetown University’s Pre-College Online Program

Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of their new Pre-College Online Program—offering courses that enable high school students 13 and older to explore subjects they may wish to study in college. The program is launching with two interesting courses, with more in the works.

Law: How to Think Like an Attorney

High school students are given an inside look at the profession, practice creating evidence-based arguments, analyzing information, and discerning fact from opinion. The course teaches valuable critical thinking skills. Topics covered offer a good background for potential college majors and career paths related to law.

Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries

High school students learn the processes researchers use to formulate and conduct studies, as well as evaluate the evidence gathered. Topics covered offer a good background for potential college majors and career paths related to STEM, medical research, pharmacology, and biostatistics.

Perry Outreach Program

The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged students who gender-identify as female and are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedics and/or engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online mock orthopaedic surgery simulations and biomechanics experiments.

Perry Outreach Program alumnae are welcome to register for a PVE session. If you are new to the Perry Initiative, participating in the PVE will not disqualify you from a POP at a later date.

Society of Women Engineers - Detroit

Click here for events and info!

ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program of SE Michigan

High school students in the Detroit area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.

For students, it’s a unique chance to discover and develop new skills, solidify future goals and get on track to exciting, rewarding careers. In addition, many students form positive relationships with industry professionals who can provide important references for obtaining college admissions, scholarships, internships and full-time employment.

Click here for information!

Apprenticeship Information & Listings

Jump Start Your Career Through Apprenticeships! (Apprenticeship.gov)
What is Apprenticeship?  Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

Why Become an Apprentice?  Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant workplace experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employer’s value. 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000. Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeship for career seekers and prospective apprentices.

MI Apprenticeship

Oakland County Apprenticeship Book
This valuable resource provides important information about career opportunities in Oakland County and the region that could change your life!

Michigan Works Oakland County Apprenticeship Services
How do I become an Apprentice?  
There are two ways to become an apprentice:

  1. through a partnership between a labor organization and an employer (called a Joint Apprenticeship Committee, or a JAC)
  2. through a partnership between a community college and an employer.

JACs may have different requirements or procedures for applying for an apprenticeship; some will accept applications only from current employees and others are open to anyone. Applicants must pass a test and those with the highest scores are hired first. You should contact the JAC for a particular apprenticeship for more information.

The second path to an apprenticeship is a partnership between a community college and an employer. The classes are usually offered on the college’s regular schedule, but remember that just taking the classes doesn’t make you an apprentice; you must be hired by an apprenticeship employer first. If you’re interested in a particular apprenticeship but aren’t sure whether there are any openings, contact the Apprentice Coordinator at the college for assistance.

*All certified apprentices who attend a community college can apply their related technical instruction toward an associate’s degree. An apprentice can receive up to 32 credit hours toward his/her associate’s degree, which consists of 62 credit hours. Contact Oakland Community College at 248-232-4050 or another community college of your choice.​

 Apprenti - Southeast Michigan (Tech Apprenticeships)
Tech is the fastest-growing industry in the world, and 1 in 20 job openings are in tech. Our unique apprenticeship program puts you on a straightforward, step-by-step fast track toward your dream job. The tech industry is seeking to diversify its workforce, so Apprenti is actively recruiting women, people of color, and veterans — although anyone is eligible to apply.

Construction | Trades Apprenticeships

MUST Construction Apprenticeships |  Explore trades by video

Southeast Michigan Construction Academy

More Apprenticeship News & Info

Michigan Registered Apprenticeship Data Dashboard
This online tool allows users to explore registered apprenticeships in regions across the state, including how many active apprentices there are and the occupations and industries in which they are employed.

 Press Release: $6 million in Registered Apprenticeship grants will support career opportunities for underrepresented populations - March 1, 2021

Certificate & Career Training Programs

Looking for a career, 2-4 years of college isn't for you?

Check out the Certificate and Job Training Programs at Oakland Community College!

EMERGENCY SERVICES training programs at OCC

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY training programs at occ


Types of Military Service

Information below from USA.gov and Today's Military

The U.S. Military consists of six active-duty Service branches and their respective Guard and Reserve components. Together, they offer a broad variety of ways to serve.

Army Logo

The Army is part of the Department of Defense (DOD) and is the largest of the five military branches. It handles major ground combat missions, especially operations that are ongoing. The Army Special Forces unit is known as the Green Berets for its headgear. Service members are known as soldiers. The reserve components are Army Reserve and Army National Guard.

Marine Corps Logo

The Marine Corps is part of the DOD. It provides land combat, sea-based, and air-ground operations support for the other branches during a mission. This branch also guards U.S. embassies around the world and the classified documents in those buildings. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) members are known as Raiders. All service members are referred to as Marines. The reserve component is Marine Corps Reserve.

Navy logo
The Navy is part of the DOD. It protects waterways (sea and ocean) outside of the Coast Guard’s jurisdiction. Navy warships provide the runways for aircraft to land and take off when at sea. Navy SEALs (sea, air, and land) are the special operations force for this branch. All service members are known as sailors. The reserve component is Navy Reserve. 

Air Force logoThe Air Force is part of the DOD. It’s responsible for aerial military operations, defending U.S. air bases, and building landing strips. Service members are known as airmen. The reserve components are Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

Space Force
The Space Force is a new service, created in December 2019 from the former Air Force Space Command. The Space Force falls within the Department of the Air Force. It organizes, trains, and equips space forces to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.

The US Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s responsible for maritime law enforcement, including drug smuggling. It manages maritime search and rescue and marine environmental protection. It also secures ports, waterways, and the coasts. Service members are known as Coast Guardsmen, nicknamed Coasties. The reserve component is Coast Guard Reserve.

Military Service Academies

For students who want to experience a military environment while getting a first-class education, the five service academies offer a fully-funded tuition that includes books, board and medical and dental care. The competition to get in is fierce and students should start the application process early during their junior year.

Admissions criteria include:

  • High school academic performance
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership experience and community involvement
  • A congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)

Five Military Service Academies:

  1. United States Military Academy in West Point, NY
  2. United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD *Graduates serve in the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Marine Corps
  3. United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO
  4. United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT *U.S. Coast Guard is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security; however, reports directly to the Department of the Navy only in wartime
  5. United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY *The Merchant Marine Academy has a close relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces, as noted on its website, but is not part of the Department of Defense.

Explore Careers in the Military

Careers in the Military Explore/investigate job and career opportunities across the branches of the military.

Enlisted members versus Officers in the Military

Information below from USA.gov

Enlisted members make up most of the military workforce. They receive training in a job specialty and do most of the hands-on work. Usually, you’ll sign up for four years of active duty and four years inactive. After you’ve completed your active duty time, you can either extend your contract or re-enlist if you want to continue serving.

Officers make up a much smaller part of the workforce. To join as an officer, you typically must have a four-year college degree and complete an officer program. You compete for promotion to continue your career. Most officers are managers who plan and direct operations. Others are professionals like doctors and lawyers. Officers get paid more than enlisted members and enjoy certain other benefits.

You don’t have to join as an officer to become one though. You can join as an enlisted member and attend officer training later on.  

Steps for Joining the Military

Information below from USA.gov

1) Start by doing some research about your options for joining the military. Learn about the five active-duty branches and their part-time counterparts. Know the main differences between officers and enlisted members.

2) Once you know which branch you’re considering, contact a recruiter. A recruiter will give you an overview and answer your questions about that service. If you’re interested in more than one branch, contact a recruiter for each. If you’re interested in joining as an officer, the recruiter will explain any options you may be eligible for.

3) If you decide to enlist, you will report to a military entrance processing station (MEPS). You’ll spend a day or two completing pre-enlistment steps.

  • These include taking the ASVAB, having a physical exam, meeting with a career counselor, and if you’re accepted,taking the oath of enlistment.
  • From there you’ll receive orders for basic training, usually to start within a few weeks. (If you enrolled in a delayed entry program, you’ll go home and get orders for basic training within a year.)

Contact a Recruiter or Apply Online

Air Force



Marine Corps

Coast Guard

Space Force

  • Contact an Air Force recruiter: 1-800-423-USAF (1-800-423-8723)

Educational & Testing Requirements for Enlisting

Information below from USA.gov

  • You must have a high school diploma or a GED to enlist. The services accept only a small number of people with GEDs each year. You can increase your chances of qualifying with a GED by:
    • Earning some college credits and/or
    • Scoring well on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)
  • ASVAB Program
    Career exploration tool for careers in the military.

Health & Fitness Requirements for Enlisting

Information below from USA.gov

You must pass a military entrance medical exam. This includes a physical exam, hearing test, vision test, and height/weight measurements.

Each service has its own physical requirements and fitness standards. These depend on the demands of its mission. Even within the same branch, some jobs have tougher or extra requirements.

Youth Programs

Young Marines

The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through the completion of high school. The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school.  Upon joining a local Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. This orientation is called Recruit Training. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure. After graduating from Young Marine Recruit Training, the youth have the opportunity to learn even more new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards. Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education.

US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The senior cadet program exposes its cadets to the full rigors of a military training program. Cadets are required to attend a mandatory two-week recruit training camp. After this requirement is met, cadets are eligible to participate in a variety of advanced training sessions. These sessions serve to expose cadets to seamanship and seagoing subjects. They also focus on developing an appreciation for our country's rich naval history, customs and traditions. 

After enrolling in the program, all Sea Cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. These training sessions are taught at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command, at other naval bases or stations and at regional recruit training sites using other military host resources.

The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.

US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol Cadet

Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?  Would you like to conquer new Challenges while having some fun?  Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

US Coast Guard, Auxiliary Youth Sea Scouts

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has adopted the Boy Scouts of America’s Sea Scout program as its official youth program. The Sea Scouts are a program for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 years of age and completed eighth grade) through 20. Sea Scouts provide a program for religious, fraternal, educational, and other community organizations to use for effective character, citizenship, and mental and personal fitness training for youth. As part of this training, Sea Scouts are expected to develop personal religious values, learn the principles of American heritage and government, and acquire skills that will prepare them to become successful adults.

All Sea Scouts and Sea Scout leaders are automatically Associate Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association. Any Sea Scout who is at least 14 years old or Sea Scout leader may also choose to become full members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary by following the normal application process.

Volunteering & Service Organizations

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. 

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

The Student Conservation Assoc.
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.

 How do I access Xello?

Log into the Chrome Browser with your BRK Google Email account. 

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Go to Berkley High School Website
  3. Click on Counseling
  4. Click on Career Center
  5. Click on 
    Xello Student Login (This will take you directly to your personal Xello account)

 What do I need to do to complete my EDP?

1. Xello Dashboard Avatar Top Right 

  • Click on Account
  • Update your Personal Information
    • Update address using edit button
    • Update Mobile Number
    • Add a non school email address
  • Click on Avatar
  • Click on Dashboard​​

2. Get Started With Your EDP

  • Get Started
  • To unlock this lesson - complete the tasks
  • The tasks vary from grade to grade
  • Green check marks will show up when you have completed a task.
  • Once all lessons have been done, you will open the lesson.

3. Lesson - What is your dream job and why?

  • Enter in space provided.
  • Then “Turn In”.
  • One or two sentences is good.

You are done! Feel free to continue exploring your future in Xello!

 What if I need help?

 Email Mrs. Belsky


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November 29, 2021
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Volume 86

US Naval Academy, Army + Air Force visits, Scholarship Search Parties, Camp Storer Cabin Leaders, Playlist for Careers in Game Design and more!

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Volume 85

MAT2 Apprenticeship presentation, Another helpful Email Workshop, OCC is coming 12/02, Info Sessions with some branches of the military, and more!

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Volume 84

College App drop-in help, FAFSA Help events, MAT2 presentation, OCC Live Admissions event, Holiday Family Adoption, more scholarships added, another Organizing Email workshop, and more!

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