Dear Parents/Guardians,  

This year Pekin Jr/Sr High School will offer the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP), a comprehensive career exploration program that harnesses the power of the world’s most validated aptitude test paired with a tried-and-true interest inventory to empower young people to explore the holistic world of work and motivates them to make an individualized post-secondary plan.

On October 14, 2021the ASVAB will be administered to all 10th grade students and any 11th-12th grade who decide to sign-up for testing. There are other career exploration programs out there, but none quite like the ASVAB CEP. This unique opportunity enables young people to explore careers in the context of their skills and interests, understand all of their options, and to plan for the path of their choice. Families who decided not to participate should email Christy Gambell ( by October 1, 2021.

The ASVAB CEP is sponsored by the Department of Defense with a two part mission, to provide: a career exploration service to U.S. youth and qualified leads to military recruiters. The CEP is offered at no cost to participating high schools as a public service. The ASVAB CEP helped 3.5 million participants in the last five years to accurately identify their strengths. Participation is always voluntary and participants have no obligation to the Military or to speak to a recruiter. “We recognize the importance of bringing together industry, academia, and families to guide and support the career aspirations of the next generation of the work force,” said Shannon Salyer, Ph.D. National Program Director of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. “As we embark on this new initiative to inspire these entities to work together, we are encouraged by the response from partners eager to make an impact on the futures of young people in your community.”

Juniors and Seniors who are interested in taking the ASVAB and joining the ASVAB CEP initiative can sign up in the Main Office by October 1, 2021. For more details about the ASVAB CEP movement, visit the ASVAB CEP website (, Facebook page ( or follow @asvabcep and the #OptionReady and #WhatsYourDreamJob hashtags on social media.


Thank you,

Andrew M. Koshatka

Jr/Sr High School Principal