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The Student Financial Aid subject page serves as a guide to library resources that may be used to help you locate, evaluate, and utilize information about grants, scholarships, and loans. The page is divided into three sections - library catalog subjects, library databases, and internet websites. The library catalog subjects will lead you to books owned by one or more of the public libraries in Jefferson County. Library databases may be accessed in a public library or from your own computer if you have a valid library card. Internet websites can be accessed from any computer.
Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life. The program enables patrons to complete personal assessments, explore career and school options, and build a portfolio of their interests, experiences, and skills. The result is a customized plan aligned to the user’s inputs, and reflective of their unique personality and attributes. With a robust career and school database, financial aid information, an embedded resume builder, and age appropriate exploratory activities, CareerCruising can be used by students for their post-secondary planning, or by job seekers to discover best-suited career options. The program is secure, requiring a username and password to access. It is suitable for all ages (Audience: Middle School/High School/Adults)
Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
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Ferguson's Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive career research database, providing detailed and up-to-date profiles of more than 2,050 of today's most popular jobs in more than 94 industries. This database now contains hundreds of new, in-depth job and industry descriptions; as well as a searchable archive of articles from current and past issues of Career Opportunities News, a 16-page, bi-monthly newsletter that provides timely information about colleges and the job market. Organized by industry, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center covers careers and career resources, as well as career preparation information, including scholarships, academic programs, non-academic programs, web resources, and an employability skills checklist. An extensive "Four Steps to a New Job" section provides invaluable guidance on everything from choosing a career to finding and applying for a job to learning about employment benefits and laws.
Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
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Alabama Resources
This website provides links to financial aid resources and information maintained by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
The Blueprints College Access Initiative is a college access program sponsored by Alabama Possible. It connects 21st century high school students and their families with resources and relationships so that they are equipped to graduate from high school college and career ready. The Blueprints webpage includes information about preparing for college, applying for college, and paying for college.
National Resources was created to be a comprehensive accreditation resource for anyone in the process of selecting a college. The purpose of the website is to help prospective students make informed decisions about which college to attend and avoid being saddled with student loans and worthless degrees from “diploma mills.” In the section of the website entitled, School Resources & Learning Center, there is a subsection entitled, Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The website, which is maintained by the staff of U.S. News and World Report, provides tips, tools, and expert advice can help students navigate student loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA, and overall financial aid planning.
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