Deer Lakes

School District

Career Planning

One of the many resources Mrs. Pascucci and Mrs. Yuhasz provide to their students is future career planning. We, along with the rest of the Deer Lakes High School staff, always have the mission in mind to shape our students into our future leaders that will dominate the ever changing and vast workforce. Below are some future career exploration websites that may be helpful.  Please click on the green "Internships" and "Apprenticeship"  tabs on the left side of this webpage (or from the dropdown box if using a tablet/iPad or cell phone) to find Internships & Apprenticeship opportunities for students that Deer Lakes High School is aware of.  


Students who are interested in pursuing STEM careers (science, technology, engineering & math) have lots of opportunities. The demand for talents in these fields have never been higher. Students who start learning relevant skills now will set themselves up for a successful future and excellent earning potential.  

Click HERE for some great resources that may help students learn more about the possibilities these careers offer them.


Are you interested in a career that provides plenty of opportunity for growth and development?  If you are passionate about patient care and looking for a career that offers great benefits and plenty of room for growth, UPMC invites you to explore the opportunity to become a Medical Assistant.   SEE FLYER!  →  UPMC Medical Assistant Opportunities.pdf


UPMC has teamed up with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in a commitment to bring more skilled respiratory therapists to our region.   You could have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in your community, saving and improving the quality of your patients’ lives.   SEE FLYER!  →  Respiratory Therapy Program flyer


The FMCSA recently added an apprenticeship program so that CDL holders who are between the ages of 18-21 will be able to cross state lines when working for certain trucking companies.   

CCAC now offers training for a Pennsylvania Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL).  Classes meet at CCAC's Boyce Campus. CCAC's curriculum prepares students to take the CDL Class A knowledge, skills and road tests.   Train for a Pennsylvania Class A CDL License in eight weeks!   

The knowledge test covers general knowledge, combination vehicle, air brake, hazardous materials, tankers and double-triples. The skills test requires performing a pre-trip inspection and various backing and parking maneuvers. The road test consists of driving a predetermined route.

The curriculum also covers:
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) & Hours of Service regulations
  • Map reading & trip planning
  • Shifting techniques
  • Industry terminology & career opportunities
Before taking the CDL Class A course, students must successfully complete the CDL Class A prerequisite course (Part 1) and also pass a DOT physical and drug screen.
Classes begin monthly. For more information email Rick Susalla at [email protected] or call 412.788.7365    


HELPFUL CAREER PLANNING INFORMATION & WEBSITES  Whether you’re a recent high school grad, an adult changing career paths, or a military veteran, deciding on additional schooling can be difficult.  With so many different programs and locations, it becomes even more challenging. has all of the information you need to make the right choice for your education.   Our site has all of the necessary tools that allow you to select the best trade school for your lifestyle and future. Here, you can get information on locations, programs, financial aid, and student services. The vocations range from underwater welding to dental assisting. We list facts about schools across the country so you can find one near you.

Thinking about becoming a nurse?    
Thinking about a career in the military?    

Thinking about becoming a Physician’s Assistant?

Thinking about becoming a Doctor?
Direct BS/MD Programs guarantee students admission into medical school directly out of high school. A select number of universities across the country offer these guaranteed programs, so you can bet that they are very competitive. Further, offer insight into the field of Medicine, to help you - the applicant - decide if Medicine is the field for you!   DirectBSMD was launched with one focus in mind: to inform potential applicants about current BS/MD programs and to help prepare and guide them to reach their dream of becoming a physician. We've offered a ton of free information on this website so you can make sure you're the very best candidate!

Find Your Future in Healthcare. connects students with the best and most affordable online degree programs in more than 60 medical and health fields. Take your first step toward a career in care.

Powering America's Certified Electrical Apprenticeship Program
Powering America’s Certified Electrical Apprenticeship Program is a debt-free career option and offers hands-on and classroom instruction, college credits and wages and benefits during training.  Certified electrical apprenticeships are the first step in the path leading to careers in this industry.  Powering America’s apprenticeships offer a superior education, at little or no cost to the students, and full time work as electricians, line workers and telecommunications technicians.

Tuition-Free Machinist Training Program
New Century Careers provides tuition-free training in the high-demand industry of precision machining and manufacturing. The M2K program trains you with the necessary skills to become a machine operator or entry-level machinist. They also provide career readiness and placement assistance into SWPA manufacturing companies. M2K is a PA state registered pre-apprenticeship program. There are three training locations including Pittsburgh (South Side), Latrobe (EWCTC) and McKeesport. The application to apply can be found HERE.

SkillUp™ PA delivers a convenient course experience.

SkillUp™ PA was launched to provide access to free, online job skills training to Pennsylvania residents. Courses are available on the Metrix Learning Portal and can be accessed by registering for a free account on the PA CareerLink® website.

Skillup™ PA is designed to help the Commonwealth build a workforce ecosystem that supports positive economic development. Job seekers can explore career pathways, view local job postings, register for free online learning, and receive workforce services.    The initiative is being led by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry and PA Careerlink®.


Pittsburgh Job Corps Center
Outreach & Admissions
7175 Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA   15206
                         (412)441-8700 Ext.  8779
                         E-mail:  [email protected]

Job Corps is a no-cost education program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic programs.  Job Corps' mission is to teach them the skills they need to become employable, independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.    Pittsburgh Job Corps, College Sponsorship Program is affiliated with CCAC and Butler County Community College.

For more information:


Your source for career exploration, training & jobs!
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Access the PA CareerGuide.pdf from the PA Department of Labor & Industry


  • Finding a Job
    As you continue your career exploration, you may want to consider job openings and apply for them. To help with this process, the Pennsylvania CareerZone system can help you find job openings in your area. From every occupational profile, you can click the "Find Jobs" button to find openings in your area.

  • Applying for a Job
    The Pennsylvania CareerZone helps you find job openings and provides the tools you need to apply for them: the Resume Builder, Cover Letter Builder and Reference List Builder.

  • Resume Builder
    The Resume Builder begins by asking questions about your employment and education history. Once you have answered all of the questions, the Resume Builder tool will create a resume that can be saved as a PDF for printing or as a Microsoft Word document, which can be further edited outside of the Pennsylvania CareerZone system.  For more detailed instructions on using the resume builder, visit the resume creation guide.

  • Letter Builder
    The Letter Builder allows you to create several kinds of letters typically used during the job seeking process. By following the step-by-step interview process, you can create the following types of documents:

    • Cover Letter
       Along with the resume, job seekers typically send a Cover Letter to apply for a job.

    • Thank You Letter
      The Thank You Letter should be sent to a potential employer after an interview.

    • Generic Letter - This letter type will facilitate other correspondence with a potential employer.
Once you have answered all of the questions in the Letter Builder tool, the system will create a letter that can be saved as a PDF for printing or as a Microsoft Word document, which can be further edited outside of the Pennsylvania CareerZone system.

  • Reference List Builder
    The reference list builder lets you create lists of references to send to employers upon request. As with the other job tools, you can save a Reference List as a PDF for printing or as a Microsoft Word document, which can be further edited further outside of the Pennsylvania CareerZone system.

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My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.  My Next Move is developed and maintained by the National Center for O*NET Development, under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.    

Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research careers that interest you 

SmartFutures is a career planning and portfolio platform that helps all students be ready for post secondary success. 

Bestcolleges  Find in-depth guides for studying smarter so that you can get the most out of your college education. In addition, we'll feature articles with tips on paying for school, planning for college, maximizing military benefits, and student lifestyle.

College Majors 101 is a website dedicated to teach students about different college majors in depth so that they can make more informed college and career choices.


Writing a resume requires careful thought, research and preparation.  There are no set rules to writing a resume, only guidelines:

  • Be accurate and honest
  • Print on quality paper using a quality printer; use matching paper for your resume letter and reference page.  You may still hand your resume to someone instead of e-mailing it!
  • Carefully proofread to avoid any mistakes.
  • Consider overall page design.
  • Be consistent in format and style.  Readability, eye appeal and total positive impression should be your goals.  
  • Resumes should be one or two pages only, regardless of the amount of work experience.
  • Omit all personal pronouns and use phrases beginning with an active verb.
  • Always have several individuals review your resume and provide feedback.

ResumeLab is an awesome source to help you create the perfect resume to submit to any scholarship.

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