Stride Career Prep Resources
Resources for Career Prep
Does your student know what path they want to take when they graduate? Whether your teen is already sure of what they want to do and ready to get started, or curious about the different careers that exist beyond high school—Stride Career Prep has the resources to help them get started.
Students stay connected with Stride Career Prep, provided with modern resources to help them embark on their career pathways.* They get set up on Tallo, a web-based networking platform that allows students to connect with employers and colleges across the country. With Tallo, students are able to:
Students can highlight grades, test scores, credentials, expertise, and more on their profile.
Students can request mentorship from teachers, guidance counselors, or parents.
Display Videos and Files
Students can showcase their full selves with multimedia visualizations of projects, activities, and more.
Students can choose from a variety of clubs (including career-specific ones) to get involved and meet other students.
Tallo profiles can be how your student gets their first job, internship, or college recruitment. Colleges and top companies look for talent on Tallo and can reach out through direct messaging.
Take a look at how it works:
Your student benefits from the career guidance of counselors and teachers equipped with specialty industry expertise. As students explore the different career fields through Stride Career Prep, coaches help them to determine their best path forward.* These coaches can help students:
Build a better resume
Discover possible internships and jobs
Learn interview skills
Apply for college
Business Professionals of America (BPA) dives deep into leadership and technical skills for those pursuing a career in business or information technology. Members get hands-on experience completing professional, civic, and service projects.
DECA offers a fun, collaborative, and competitive club experience with hands-on learning, helping prepare students for a future career in marketing, finance, hospitality or management.
Open to students in grades 6-12, the Stride Nursing Club provides the opportunity to learn about in-demand nursing positions available at all education levels. Each month, students gather for an in-depth discussion with nurses nationwide as they share their career journeys.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)® helps students prepare for a career in business and business-related fields. They provide real-world leadership development, competition experience, community service opportunities, and more.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences. Students can participate in competitive events, be involved in community service opportunities, and become student leaders and attend leadership conferences.
With HOSA, students join others ready to become a part of the global health community. They gain experience training for the modern medical workplace, take part in activities, learn from peers, and discover more about how their passion can be their career.
SkillsUSA® is a club where students learn workplace, personal, and technical skills through fun, hands-on activities. SkillsUSA® features 130 job categories and over 600 national partners.
The Technology Student Association is a national, non-profit club for middle and high school students engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). They offer competitions, intracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, community service, and more.
A key component of Stride Career Prep is work-based learning—virtual or in-person. Possibilities span job shadowing, apprenticeships, internships, and more.*
Field trips to local and regional companies
Access to industry experts as part of coursework
Job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships*
Schools powered by Stride K12 team up with businesses across the nation to give students the opportunity to explore different career fields while discovering their passions at the annual Job Shadow Week event. Stride Career Prep students get exposure to an array of different career fields and positions while hearing from professionals at top companies.
Interested in learning more about Job Shadow Week? Take a look.
Certification Exam Prep
For students that are ready to dive into their chosen career, Stride Career Prep includes preparation for select certification exams—from dental assisting to computer coding languages.* These exams offer an industry-recognized measurement of your student’s skills, and how ready they are for the job.
Explore our career fields to see what certifications your student can earn through one of Stride Career Prep's 25 pathways.
Hear How Stride Career Prep Can Work for Your Teen
Think this might be a good fit for your student? Want to learn more about the program from current participants? Email your questions and hear what Stride Career Prep students have to say.
*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.
**Stride Career Prep is a program for grades 9–12. At some schools, career exploration is offered in middle school.
†Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.