Career Planning Books

Book Title
100 Careers in the Music Business
ASVAB Test Prep Guide
Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry
Careers in Criminology
Do What You Are
Great Jobs for Engineering Majors
Guide to Military Careers
Liberal Arts Jobs
Opportunities in Beauty and Modeling Careers
Opportunities in Foreign Language careers
Outdoor Careers
Student Athlete's Guide to College
Television, Film and Digital Media Programs
Vocational and Technical Schools- East
What Can You Do with a Major in Psychology
Yale Guide to Careers in Medicine and Health Professions

College Planning Books

Book Title
Barron’s Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges
Campus Visits and College Interviews
College Guide for Performing Arts Majors
College Guide for Visual Arts Majors
Nursing Programs
Peterson’s Choose a Christian College
Peterson’s Culinary Schools
Peterson’s Vocational and Technical Schools
Peterson's 2 Year Colleges
Peterson's 4 Year Colleges
Peterson's Nursing Programs
Peterson's Degree Programs in the Visual & Performing Arts
The College Application Essay
The Fiske Guide to Colleges
The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder
The Official Catholic College & University Guidebook
The Princeton Review: The Best 345 Colleges
  • Programs for Senior Students

    Cooperative Education & Internships
    The Cooperative Education Program provides on-the-job training for students through a cooperative agreement among the school, the employer, and the student. This program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through supervised work experiences that integrate students’ educational activities with on-the-job learning opportunities while earning a wage. This program serves students from all subjects offered at OJR. Students must be a senior and have working papers. Prospective students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from work. To secure a recommendation for placement, students must complete a pre-evaluation form.
    Internships are available to students who want to investigate career options. These are non-paid, short term positions. Internships are an essential way for students to experience the value of work, develop pride in work, and mature personally. Internships allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, develop direct contact with job personnel, ask questions about particular careers, and perform certain job tasks. This activity is exploratory and allows the student to get hands-on experience in a number of related activities.
    Allied Health Science
    This full year program offered by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) provides high school seniors with clinical training and on-the-job-experience in a variety of occupations in the medical field. Students spend three 1.5 hour days at Phoenixville Hospital observing and participating in the different job functions of its various departments. Students will rotate among departments including: critical care units, radiology, respiratory care, pharmacy, physical therapy, clinical laboratories, emergency rooms, medical and surgical nursing, and general medicine. Students also spend two 1.5 hour days in the classroom for theory (basic anatomy and physiology, including disease processes and medical terminology). Students must provide their own transportation to and from the educational and clinical site. An AM or PM option is available.
    Teacher Academy 
    The Teacher Academy, offered by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, is a two-credit college preparatory program for high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the field of education. In addition to earning two high school credits for the program, students have the option to enroll in a dual enrollment program with Delaware County Community College (DCCC). This dual enrollment program consists of 9 college credits, awarded for the completion of the following courses: EDU 110 Introduction to Teaching; EDU 215 Theory and Field; and ENG 100 English Composition. Students may not substitute ENG 100 for their senior English course at the high school. The Academy provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to work in the teaching profession in the 21st Century. The course consists of 7.5 hours/week (90 minutes/day, either morning or afternoon) divided between classroom instruction and internships with certified, tenured teachers at all grade levels, resulting in approximately 180 hours of instruction and 90 hours of internship experience. In addition, guest speakers from the educational field will present throughout the year; students will also participate in relevant field trips. As a culminating project, students complete a portfolio. To apply online, or for more information, please go to:, or call (610) 933-8877.
    Senior Experience 
    Senior Experience provides an opportunity for seniors to either enter the world of work or to begin their collegiate program while still meeting graduation requirements. Students normally attend required classes during the morning hours and report to their place of employment or college class(es) in the afternoon; however, other times can often be arranged to accommodate work and college schedules. Release time in the program varies depending upon the status of the student relative to graduation requirements. Students interested in this program should contact their school counselor during January of their junior year to make preliminary arrangements for their senior schedule.
    • Students must interview with his/her school counselor prior to entering the program to ensure that they have enough credits to graduate. 
    • An agreement signed by employer or college, parent, and student must be submitted to the Guidance Office and verified by the Co-Op Coordinator before students may begin working during the school day.  
    • Students leaving for employment must submit continued proof of employment no less than every two weeks by showing a copy of their pay stub to the Guidance Office to verify work hours.  
    • Student academic status will be reviewed after each report period. Students who are failing a course required for graduation will be removed from one period of senior experience per failed course until they are passing the course.  
    • Students leaving to take college courses must submit a copy of their transcript to the Guidance Office at the conclusion of the course to verify their successful completion of the course.