Reality Check - Lifestyle & Career Exploration

Have you truly considered how your plans for life stack up against the reality of the world you're living in?  This page is dedicated to resources meant to help you evaluate how your current plans (or lack of!) will provide for you in your future life after graduating from Akins High School.

Texas Workforce Commission & TEA's Texas Reality Check

Get answers about if you will be able to afford the lifestyle you want through the lifestyle, occupation and quick view calculator tools from Texas Workforce Commission Labor Market and Career information.

Texas Reality Check 

Jump$tart! Coalition's Reality Check

Easy to use tool that walks you through how much the basics of life costs such as shelter, transportation, food, utilities, phone, WiFi, TV, clothing, haircuts, laundry and miscellaneous items. It looks at local salaries, and lifestyle costs in the United States. You will get an idea of what it how much it will take to support your dream lifestyle.

Jump$tart Financial Smart for Students

College Greenlight 

College Greenlight is a tool that can help with doing research about colleges that you are interested in and also being matched to scholarships. College Greenlight is the leading advocacy network dedicated to supporting first-generation, lower-income, and historically underrepresented students on their path to higher education. 

College Greenlight

When you create an account it will ask if you are affiliated to any college readiness programs... select YES! and then type in "Advise TX - UT Austin" & then select Marshala Wilkins.

Austin Community College offers over 90 career and technical programs

Programs such as:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Automotive Technology
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Music Business, Performance & Technology
  • Sonography
  • And more...

ACC's Career & Technical Programs

Roadtrip Nation - Define your own road

Stories and tools to help you find your path. Watch and listen to inspiring interviews about find your purpose. Discover career possibilities and take action. You can customized careers, education, and stories just for you.

Roadtrip Nation


Plan for college by finding the right college for you, strengthening your college list and practice for the SAT. Get access multiple financial resources and scholarships. Explore your career with a short quiz, researching majors, and career clusters. 


Payback - Personal Finance

Next Gen Personal Finance helps you not get stuck in the college loan nightmare and develop solid strategies to finance your college career.

Time for Payback