Ferris State University is pleased to offer several Career and Education Planning courses to students at the secondary level and to non-traditional students. The CARE courses provide students with opportunities to explore college programs, careers, and employment viability. Students discover how educational planning can help them with their lifelong career decision-making process.

Students will earn transcripted college credit by successfully completing a CARE 102 course.

CARE classes may be taught face-to-face, in a mixed delivery format, or fully online. Most of Ferris State’s secondary partners choose to offer the course fully online. Many non-traditional students take the class face-to-face through FSU’s community agency partnerships.

CARE Partners

    • Baldwin High School
    • Capital Area Career Center
    • Ferris State Center for Latin@ Studies
    • Ferris State Charter Schools Office
    • Harbor Beach High School
    • Marlette Jr./Sr. High School
    • Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
    • Rockford High School
    • Sparta High School
    • Traverse City Area Public Schools
    • Vandercook Lake

CARE Courses

  • CARE 102 provides students with the opportunity to explore college programs, career options and employment viability. Students discover how educational planning can help them with their lifelong career decision making process and develop personal educational and career plans based on interests and skills.

    Course Outcomes

    • Students will develop a personal educational and career vision statement based on completion of 2-3 interest and skill strength-based inventories.
    • Students will research careers, and the educational requirements to develop a personal educational and career summary paper of their top 4-5 career options based on their strengths outlined in the assessments.
    • Based on their personal educational and career vision statement and personal educational and career summary paper, students will develop a detailed educational and career contingency plan containing 2-3 options.
    • Utilizing their personal educational and career development plan, students will develop 3-5 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) career goals.
  • CARE 201 prepares students to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on completing job applications, writing resumes, and writing cover letters. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.

    Course Outcomes:

    • Students will complete job applications to illustrate their understanding of the general questions asked.
    • Students will create a professional resume specific to their career field of interest.
    • Students will create a professional cover letter specific to their career field of interest.
  • CARE 202 prepares students to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on interviewing and professional etiquette. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community. 

    Course Outcomes:

    • Students will produce answers to typical interview questions and formulate a bank of interview questions they can ask of potential employers.
    • Students will demonstrate proper interviewing skills.
    • Students will discuss and practice proper professional etiquette (attire, behavior, technology, social, etc.)
  • CARE 203 prepares students to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on creating career portfolios, learning how to network, and learning transferable skills. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.

    Course Outcomes:

    • Students will distinguish the effective elements of a career portfolio containing both educational and work experience.
    • Students will learn lifelong transferable skills that all employers are looking for regardless of career path.
    • Students will learn how to network and utilize the career resources available to them (Career Services Dept., Job Fairs, Michigan Works, etc.), both on the Ferris State University campus, and within the community.