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Guidance Counseling - PLTW/Industrial Technolgy


Guidance Counseling for PLTW/Industrial Technology

 Career Education - Academics - Personal Issues

You like hands on learning (drawing & building), problem solving, industrial size toys, art, and creativity. There are so many careers that could be for you but how do you discover the careers and how do you discover which career you would like? Welcome to the Industrial Technology Department at Madison High School. We are here to help you explore your likes and dislikes and discover what you're potentially good at. We are here to develop your skills so you are better prepared for college, technical school, career center, and/or directly into the workforce.


Let's take a moment to dream.  What's your dream?  What do you think would be a fun career after schooling?  What skills do you have that you would like to improve on?  What kind of work would you like to do to benefit you, your family, your community, your nation, ... your world?  Maybe you like a career that your parents, your relatives, your family's friends, someone on TV, etc. does for a living.  We suggest that you start writing down the answers to those questions now.  Use the Internet and other media to find out more - use the reseach link below to start.  Take a good look at the results of any career interest survey you've taken.  You're goal is to have at least 10 careers you would like and know how to obtain that career by the middle of your Junior year.  This will help you determine what classes to take at high school so you can explore to see what you like and don't like and prepare for a post secondary path to a career you'll enjoy.

Guidance Steps (Overview)

  • Research Careers (Career Education)
  • Enroll in career related high school elective classes (Secondary Education Options)
  • Explore schools that you may attend after high school graduation (Post Secondary Options)
  • Junior and Senior Year, begin the process to prepare for your future after graduation – don't leave yourself behind. Remember, Commencement is a ceremony representing the beginning of your life's endeavors.

Research Sources

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Reseach these and other careers/occupations' salaries, education requirements, work environment, future outlook, etc.
  • Ohio Career Information System: Reseach these and other careers/occupations' salaries, education requirements, work environment, future outlook, etc.
  • STEM Jobs Assessment: Take this assessment to see what kind of STEM jobs you may be interested in.

Careers Related to Industrial Technology/PLTW

  • Graphic Design

  • Product Design

  • Architecture

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Technology

  • Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing Technology

  • Trades


Your goal is to graduate.  It's like a game.  Can you get a high score of 4.0?  Can you get a high score with Advanced Placement Classes?  The better your score ... the more post secondary opportunities there are for you plus scholarships.  The next level in your game is participation and excelling in extracurricular activities - sports, clubs, etc.  The next level in your game is persue resume builders - work experiences, honors like National Honor Society, etc.  The next level in your game is to apply for as many scholarships then financial aid services like work study, loans, etc. as you can - you can make college and other schooling free or at a low cost.  "May the odds be for ever in your favor."  - Hunger Games

Secondary Education Graduation  - State Requirements  (University has additional requirements)

  • Graduation Test in writing, reading, math, citizenship, and science
  • English - 4 credits
  • Mathematics - 4 credits
  • Science - 4 credits (1 physical, 1 biological)
  • Social Studies - 4 credits (1 American Government, 1 U.S. History)
  • Health & Physical Education - 1 credit (including 1/2 credit health)
  • Personal Financial Literacy - 1/2 credit
  • Foreigh Language, Fine Arts, or Business - 1 credit
  • Electives - 8 credits

Industrial Technology/Project Lead the Way Electives

  • Drafting Technology - Product Design & Architecture
  • Introduction ot Engineering Design
  • Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • Engineering Design & Development
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology - Woods

Secondary Education Options






  • Industrial Technology classes
  • Project Lead the Way (STEM) classes
  • Auburn Career Center
  • PSEO Program: Lakeland Community College





Extracurricular Options

Educational Enrichment

Post Secondary Options















  • University

    • Bowling Green

    • The Ohio State University

    • Akron University

    • Ohio University







  • Technical School

    • Universal Technical Institute

    • ITT

    • Lincoln Technical Institute

    • New Mexico Institute of Technology

  • Military

    • Army

    • Air Force

    • Marines

    • Coast Guard

    • Merchants


  • Junior Year

    • Research Careers of Interest

    • Research Related Schools

    • Apply for ACT/SAT

    • Use on-line tutorials on how to prepare for ACT/SAT

  • Senior Year

    • Apply for Post Secondary Options

    • Apply for FAFSA (January)

    • Apply for second try of ACT/SAT

    • Use on-line tutorials on how to prepare for ACT/SAT

    • Scholarships

    • Fastweb

    • NCAA Application (only if playing collegiate sport)

Earning College Credit for AP Exams

Click on this link to find out how many college credits you earn for successful completion of Advance Placement exams: http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp

Financial Aid: Scholarships / Work Study / Grants

AES: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
Americorps: http://www.americorps.gov/
FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Scholarships: http://www.scholarships.com/


Having more than a bad day or know someone who is?  Have an issue that you don't know how to solve or cope with? Want your conversation private and confidential?  Approach a guidance counselor, teacher, and/or administrator.  They will help you or guide you in the right direction for help with your specific issue.  You can also use free counseling services like the hotline below.  The key is if you and/or someone you know is creating a unsafe environment - physically, mentally, and/or financially - for themselves or others, outside help is needed.

  • Adolescent Suicidal and/or Severe Depression: If someone has made a suicide atttempt, overdosed, or tried to hurt him/herself ... call 911.  If you are worried about yourself or someone else, even if that person is not actively suicidal, refer to the appropriate person in your school or call 1-440-953-8255 (SPEA).
  • Child and/or Adult Abuse: If someone has been physically abused ... call 911.  If you are worried about yourself or someone else, refer to the appropriate person in your school or call 1-216-696-KIDS (Cuyahoga County Family & Children Services).
  • Cuyahoga County - The Mobile Crisis Team: 216-623-6888
  • Addiction: If you and/or someone you know has an issue with drugs, alcohol, gaming, gambling, smoking, call the 24 hour addition hotline at 1-877-420-9685
  • Police: They will serve and protect.  Police can help people get the right helpful services or have a court appoint helpful services.  In an emergency, call 911.
  • Safe School Helpline: This confidential service is for students to promote school safety by reporting wrongdoings or illegal activity that goes on at school. Call 1-800-4-1-voice x 359 or go to www.safeschoolhelpline.com


Madison High School | 3100 Burns Road, Madison, OH 44057
Phone: 440-428-2161