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Career Exploration & Information

Blueprint 4 Careers  

The St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC), in partnership with the Clark-Fox Family Foundation, provides an online resource for teachers, counselors, parents and students to use to search credentialing and apprenticeship opportunities in the St. Louis region called Blueprint4Careers. This free, innovative web platform connects young people to training programs for high-growth, high-demand occupations with livable wages and career advancement opportunities.   Blueprint4Careers is part of RYEC’s mission to increase youth employability and create diverse talent pipelines by connecting young people in our region with high quality work-based learning and employment opportunities. Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative has been a critical partner in the solidification of the coalition and the development of Blueprint4Careers. American Graduate’s content has been interwoven into the platform so that users can develop a better understanding of the high-demand skilled careers in our community. 

Explore your interests and connect with your future. 

Visit Missouri Connections to explore your interests and how they connect you to your future. Missouri Connections is used throughout the Ritenour School District to teach students how to investigate career opportunities using their interests. Design and develop your portfolio to save important career searches, personal plan of study, and college information. Missouri Connections has an astonishing amount of information to help you find your career match. Talk with your advisory teacher or professional school counselor for your login information. 

Take a short career interest inventory!

Go to Learning for Life to learn more about how your interests can turn into a career. You can take the inventory any day, any time. You may also retake it if you think it would help you.

Join an Explorer Post!

Learn about a particular career from professionals in that career.
For young men & women ages 14-20.
Meet once or twice a month during the school year at the sponsoring organization's facilities.
Do hands-on activities; take field trips!
Go to the St. Louis Learning For Life web site to see a list of local Explorer Posts.

Local posts include those for Business, Engineering, Environmental Science, Fire Service, Health Careers, Law Enforcement, Pharmacy, & Zoology.  

Consider an Apprenticeship!

  • Earn a paycheck
  • Learn a skill or trade through on-the-job training
  • Potentially, earn college credit
  • Increase your wages as your skill level increases
  • Earn nationally recognized certifications

Learn more about these opportunities and more below.