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Middle grade career exploration starts here!

If you are looking for ways to introduce students to the real world, you’ve come to the right place! Our books help “prime the pump” for college and career readiness by encouraging  career exploration that informs, inspires, and encourages interactive learning.


Our middle grade collection includes 43 titles arranged into five distinct, high-energy series.  Schools use them to  support Perkins V programming, career and technical education (CTE) courses, career exploratories, CTSOs, literacy efforts, and afterschool programs.  No school media center career collection is complete without them!

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Perkins V Expands Career Exploration!

For the first time ever, federal funding is now available to engage middle grade students in active career exploration programs. This is good news because, according to ACTE, research has identified middle school as a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration.

It’s age-appropriate. It encourages problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. It engages students in personally relevant, real world learning. It keeps students in school school and is a recognized drop-out prevention strategy.  And, it gets them ready to make the most of college and career-readiness opportunities in high school and beyond.

Bright Futures Press can help you start, expand, and improve your middle grade career exploration programs. 

Check out our interactive career exploration resources here.

Where learning meets the real world

Discover resources that help students find their own bright futures through creative career exploration experiences. Student-friendly and specially designed to be: Informative. Interactive. Inspiring.