College And Career Resources

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Brainfuse - Adult Learning Center

Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7. *

Brainfuse - Homework Help

Get live online homework help for kindergarden through the early college years, plus skills building, writing assistance, a language lab, and more. Live help from experienced teachers is available 24/7. Includes live assistance in completed in the FAFSA. *

Foundation Grants to Individuals (Available at Central Library Only)

Find sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support for individuals.

Gale Courses

Free online instructor-led courses on a variety of topics such as business, technology and computer applications, college prep, healthcare, writing, and personal development, and sign language. 6-week courses begin monthly. A valid library card is required to register.*

LearningExpress Library

A temporary problem with this resources has been reported.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.*

LinkedIn Learning for Library

*On March 25, 2021, Lynda/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. More courses are available in the new version, and your past learning history carried over with your library card login.  For more information see the FAQ

A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. (previously known as Lynda Library) TIP: This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later.

Vocational & Career Collection

This collection provides full text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.*

Recommended Websites

Career Outlook

Articles providing data and information on a variety of topics including occupations and industries, pay and benefits, and more for students, career counselors, jobseekers, and others planning careers.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.


Wage and salary information, career resources, and job bank for employers and job seekers.


Career and resume information for grades 6-12.

College Board

Dates and registration for the SAT, AP, ACCUPLACER, and CLEP tests. Information about colleges and subject majors.

College Degrees Online

Explore online degree programs in the United States, sourced by data from the US Department of Education, NCES, every accrediting board in the U.S., and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over 2,400 different colleges offering online degrees, including those offering vocational programs. Search by state, including Texas, by degree program area, or career path. Includes links to schools' admissions webpages for additional information.

College Navigator

Colleges and universities by location, type of institution and areas of study.

College Possible

Advice on preparing for college, choosing the right college, and getting financial aid.

Directory of quality higher education programs in the medical and allied health fields. Includes information about careers, how online and hybrid programs work, key information about accreditation, financial aid, and scholarships and issues faced by health care professionals such as compassion fatigue.


Submit your federal financial aid application electronically.

FAFSA Houston

FAFSA application support and resources.

FAFSA School Codes

Search or verify federal school codes


A comprehensive financial aid information website.

GRE Online

Dates and registration for the the GRE.

HigherEd360: Jobs in Higher Education

Collection of Internet resources, job listings, articles and advice, plus a free resume review for the academic job hunter. Includes a special section for military veterans seeking to work in academia.

Master's in Data Science

Learn about job opportunities and career paths for a Data Science degree.

Medical Field Careers

A free resource for careers in the medical field and offer deep insight in to healthcare careers. Features career field overviews, school ranking lists, videos, and other information.

Comprehensive international online job search and recruitment site. Resume posting and relocation material available.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job outlook information for hundreds of occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Online MBA Guides

Learn about highly rated online MBA and Executive MBA programs in the areas of finance, marketing, and healthcare, what to consider in selecting an online program, and possible career paths for degree-holders. 

Open Education Database

Open Education Database is a comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses online.

Peterson's Real Guide to Colleges and Universities

Information about colleges, graduate school, financial aid, careers, private secondary schools, and much more.

Public Administration Degrees

Explore accredited degree programs and career paths in public administration, public policy, and public affairs.

Sallie Mae College Planning Calculator

Finding the right way to pay for college just got easier with Sallie Mae's Education Investment Planner. This free online tool offers easy-to-follow guidance on paying for college based on your budget and financial goals.

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Information about scholarship and financial aid.

Texas Common Application for College Admission

Use this on-line application to apply for admission to any public college or university in Texas.

Texas Educator Certification Program

Preparation manuals and study guides for the TExES, TExMaT and TASC.

Texas Trade Schools

A listing of trade and vocational schools in Texas with information on their programs.

Texas Tuition Promise Fund

Prepay for college tuition at today's prices.

The Best Schools

Website covering numerous topies of interest to the college-bound, from ratings and rankings of various schools and their programs to advice on applications and admissions, paying for college, picking a major, guides for students with disabilities, making the military to college transition, campus life, and much more.


Dates and registration for the TOEFL.

University HQ

Unbiased source of independent news and comprehensive information about universities and vocational training and certification programs, entrance requirements, ACT and SAT test registration and prep, financial aid and scholarships, career paths, and other topics for individuals wishing to pursue higher education or move up the career ladder.

Work for Good

Job listings and career information for the non-profit sector.


Online job search tool. Explore job postings and apply online.  Users can set up a profile and get personalized job opening notifications by email. Includes dozens of articles on career-related topics ranging from resume and interview advice to issues such as LGBTQ+ non-discrimination and disability accommodation policies in the workplace.