Career Development Resource Center

The Career Development Resource Center (CDRC) is a uniquely designed facility specifically adapted to engage middle school students towards becoming proactively involved in their ongoing career preparation. Through facilitated discussions and a career interest survey, CRDC staff help students to critically evaluate how individual interests, values, and skills connect to a career. They equip students with profiles on selected careers and a roadmap to develop their own career plan that link interests, aspirations, skills, and education. Each participants then enjoys hands-on work experience through a self-guided workstation.


  • Facilitated discussions to promote self-awareness
  • Vocational Research Interest Inventory
  • Profiles and information on selected careers
  • Linking high school course selection and post-secondary education to careers
  • Career development plans
  • 29 hands-on exploration activities based on career of choice


Students in grades 7-8 in contracted schools.

Access Service

  • Philadelphia non-public schools may request CORA as their service provider through the School District of Philadelphia Intermediate Unit’s annual contract process. Contact CORA to discuss benefits to your school.
  • Public school districts, charter schools and other organizations may contact CORA to develop a partnership.