“Career Choices received a Promising Intervention Award from the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of its effectiveness in reducing dropout rates and supporting higher achievement in reading and math.”

Association of Career and Technical Education’s Techniques magazine

Over $100 billion in federal education aid is on the table right now for schools across the nation. Don’t delay! These important funds are a use-it-or-lose-it situation.

Reengage, Reinvigorate, and Refocus Your Students




This year, over $100 billion in federal relief funds are available to K–12 school districts around the nation as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (ESSER II) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ESSER III). After a challenging year of learning loss and disruptions, you now have a rare opportunity to leverage these extra resources to reengage, reinvigorate, and refocus your students.

“Giving [students] this direction is going to help with everything you can imagine in your school...whether it’s discipline...or if it’s your dropout rate or your test scores. It will help across the board.”

Rhett Carter, Principal
Orcutt Academy High School, Orcutt, California


Proven! Personalized! Powerful!

For over 30 years, our evidence-based curriculums have given schools around the nation the tools necessary to help all of their students succeed.

2.5 million

students impacted by this future-focused curriculum


30+ years

of changing attitudes and changing lives

“Whether you’re 18, 38, or 58, the career decision-making process is the same. You’ve provided a tool that can be referred to over a lifetime.”

Kenneth B. Hoyt, Ph.D.
Former Director, Office of Career Education, U.S. Department of Education
Past President, National Career Development Association
Past President, American Counseling Association

“We wanted to do something about the school’s academic culture starting with the freshman class. In our second year, we had a 38% drop in freshmen with three or more Fs, and GPAs went up 15%.”

Rudy Ramirez, Principal (1992-2016)
Indio High School, Indio, CA

“We’ve seen some very remarkable results. Our 2009 graduation rate hovered around 53%...The second cohort that was exposed to the Career Choices program, which graduated 2011‐2012 school year, had an 83% graduation rate.”

Lynnette Williams, Lead Teacher
Poughkeepsie High School, Poughkeepsie, NY

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This comprehensive opportunity will ensure you:


With any one of the three available formats (hybrid, online-only, and independent study), students can catch up with their learning through this academically-based course while, just as important, working through a process for creating a meaningful 10-year education and career plan. The result will be students recommitting themselves because they come to realize the personal value in their education. You’ll witness apathetic or directionless adolescents become confident, self-directed learners.

“We have a high-poverty area, and we’re seeing many more students buy into their education. Kids are realizing they have a future. There are less and less students dropping out.”

Nick Wisely, Teacher
Antioch High School, Antioch, CA


“Since we started the program, the freshman failure rate has dropped dramatically. Putting things into perspective really gets students motivated.”

Maria Hennessy, Vice Principal
Rahway High School, Rahway, NJ


“We have seen a significant increase in the number of students taking AP courses, and I think there’s more focus academically across our campus.”

Gerardo Cornejo, Principal
Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria, CA


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When students complete a course with the Career Choices series curriculum, they are not only exposed to an arsenal of social-emotional skills, but also develop a vision and comprehensive 10-year plan for a productive future. Throughout the course, they are provided opportunities to practice a variety of self-mastery skills in context as they envision the life that matches their goals, dreams, and aspirations. Their individualized plan translates to hope for the future, which is the best antidote to the setbacks of the last year.

“...[the] goals that are established in the 10-year Plan then form the foundation for our guidance counselors and our teachers to take those plans forward and continue to have those meaningful discussions with our students...”

John Farinella, Principal
Rahway High School, Rahway, NJ
New Jersey Visionary Principal of the Year, Secondary Level, 2017


“This course is about holistic student development.”

Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer, Co-Founder
Get Focused...Stay Focused!®
Counselor, Ventura College


“We have seen a significant increase in the number of students taking AP courses, and I think there’s more focus academically across our campus.”

Gerardo Cornejo, Principal
Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria, CA


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Each of the three formats have a robust and rigorous online component built on the proven My10yearPlan.com® platform. Rigorous yet engaging, the over 100 interactive activities provide the learner with a systematic decision-making process while at the same time double dosing academic skill building. In the Online Independent Study Course, 64 video tutorials and 15 new chapter quizzes guide students who are not attending regular in-person classes along a self-directed process to achieve their college and career goals.

“It’s like having a career counselor in a package. It gently guides the reader through the process of making some of life’s most important decisions.”

Pat Schwallie-Giddis, Ph.D.
Past President, National Career Development Association
Former Chair, Department of Counseling & Human Development,
The George Washington University


See an Example

Students rave about this course. Why? Because it is all about them!––Who Am I? What Do I Want? How Do I Get It? Make this a summer enrichment offering for all secondary grades. When students create an online 10-year plan for their life goals in an easily digestible format, you’ll help them return with confidence to their classrooms in the fall.

“...it’s an opportunity in the regular school day that is gifted to our students where they get to focus on themselves.”

Amy Gil, Teacher
Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria, CA


“I think the number one reason that we do this program is because all evidence that we have to this point demonstrates that this has a positive effect on the lives of young people in planning ahead, beyond just what they are going to do in a public school setting, but they are also planning for whatever their life career is going to be.”

Dr. Dan Mielke, Executive Director
Eastern Promise, Eastern Oregon University


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We’ve made it easy for you. Academic Innovations offers a variety of online teaching tools––like these online class agendas––that give teachers everything they need to successfully teach this course. We also have more online professional development and training opportunities than ever before for new or returning teachers.

“Wow, what a great suite of tools you have curated for educators!”

David Cash, Ed.D.,
Governance Chair, EDL Program
Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California


"We are transforming what it means to teach and learn.”

James Harris, Principal
Bethel High School Freshman Academy


"Before the October Virtual Conference, I was unsure and on the fence on whether the Get Focused...Stay Focused!® School-Wide Initiative was the right program for the students in our district, but after attending the virtual conference, I am now 100% certain GFSF is the right choice for our students. The sessions were informative, practical, and relevant to our goal of better preparing our students for their post-secondary career and college endeavors."

Antonio Munguia, Principal
Brawley Union High School District


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The Career Choices Series Curriculum Has Your Complete Solution!

It offers a variety of delivery options:

  • Hybrid or online-only options
  • Freshman transition course
  • Summer enrichment opportunity
  • Online independent study course
  • Middle school bridge program
  • Online 10-year career and education planning process
  • Whole-school academic coaching & advisory tools

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Invest in Your Students’ Future Today
and You’ll Gift them a Lifetime of Self-Sufficiency —
Both Financial and Emotional

“I have seen my students start to connect to resources that have always been available. They are now willing to jump in and try new things. We want them to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives.”

Rachelle Fast, Teacher
Sierra High School, Manteca, CA

“Students seem to be more connected to school, are here in the classroom more, and are just not getting in trouble as much...they understand that they need to be here and why their decisions will affect them in the future.”

Erin Hansen, Freshman Seminar Teacher
Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria, CA

“It’s like having a career counselor in a package. It gently guides the reader through the process of making some of life’s most important decisions.”

Pat Schwallie-Giddis, Ph.D.
Past President, National Career Development Association
Former Chair, Department of Counseling & Human Development,
The George Washington University

“I think the number one reason that we do this program is because all evidence that we have to this point demonstrates that this has a positive effect on the lives of young people in planning ahead, beyond just what they are going to do in a public school setting, but they are also planning for whatever their life career will be.”

Dr. Dan Mielke, Executive Director
Eastern Promise, Eastern Oregon University

“The biggest surprise has been the brevity...it only took a year to make a major impact on our students.”

Bobby Cunningham, Former Principal
McCormick High School, McCormick, SC

Inspiring students to reengage, reinvigorate, and refocus on their future is the key to get through this time of unparalleled learning loss and student distress.

Let our team of experts assist you in finding the solution that will work best for you and your students. Time is limited to take advantage of your ESSER funds, so don’t delay!

Changing Attitudes & Changing Lives

Career Choices was used by Santa Barbara City College’s Dual Enrollment Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program which contributed to the college being recognized by the Aspen Institute in 2013 as the #1 Community College in the United States.

In 2015, the United States Congress awarded Career Choices author Mindy Bingham a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Innovative Approaches to Curricula.

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