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Is It Worth the Investment?

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Is It Worth the Investment?

Students will identify steps to allow for and secure financial assistance for postsecondary education and training. They will also apply problem-solving strategies to other disciplines and real world situations, and will identify the problem, form a described situation, determine the necessary data, and apply the appropriate problem-solving strategy.

Related Subject Grade Level

Language Arts 9 - 12

National Career Development Guidelines

Participate in ongoing, lifelong learning experiences to enhance your ability to function effectively in a diverse and changing economy.


OK Career Guide, pen/pencil, paper


The student will identify a career for which the student wishes to be educated/trained.

The student will use the education and training components of OKCareerGuide to investigate the location of the institution and cost of education/ training for the career. Cost includes tuition, books, room, and board. The entire time needed must be considered, i.e., two years, four years.

The student must explore at least three options that vary the price of training, i.e., career and technology training in high school, two years of postsecondary career and technology school or community college, private vs. public education, and four-year colleges and universities.

Sources eliminating costs will be investigated, i.e., community college credit at an area technology center, higher part-time salary available with certificate received from a full-time accredited occupational program.

The student will complete both a written and oral report to the class comparing the education/training option investigated. The following information will be included about each institution:

Name of school or training facility


Length of time to complete program

Total cost (tuition, books, housing, etc.)

Certificate, credential, or degree earned

A chart/graph will be used to visually depict the student's lowest and highest financial options, as well as at least one cost option between.


Students will be evaluated on their written reports on how well they investigated the cost differences between the options investigated and on how they graphically depict the options.

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