career exploration

Oak Valley Middle School students will be doing several assignments related to Career Exploration. In 6th and 7th grade, students will log onto Career Cruising and begin to study their career interests. Every student will have this opportunity in middle school.

In 8th grade, students will complete their Educational Development Plan (EDP) with their middle school counselors. Those EDP plans list a student’s goals, career pathway of choice, and list the student’s educational plans for 9th grade. Once completed, those EDP plans will be sent to the high schools. Students have an opportunity each year to edit their EDP using the Career Cruising software.

What are the 6 Michigan Career Pathways?

  • Arts and Communication

  • Business/Management/Marketing and Technology

  • Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

  • Health Sciences

  • Human Services

  • Natural Resources and Agriscience


What is Career Cruising?

Career Cruising is a web-based career exploration and planning tool that can be used to explore career and education options. Features of the program include: interest and skills assessments, detailed career profiles, multimedia interviews, college and university information, and a resume builder.

How can I view my child’s EDP?

If you are the parent of an 8th grader you may access their EDP by accessing Career Cruising at

Username is hvs-first 5 letters of last name, followed by first 3 letters of first name, followed by 000 (or 001), like the student's Skyward username. Password is the student’s 5 digit lunch number.

Example: Mary Smith would be: hvs-smithmar000 and password 12345


Contact a OVMS counselor with questions!