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Options after High School

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Julie Mackey

on 24 June 2013

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**Go to school in your pajamas**
Access educational programs and do not have to physically be in a classroom on a campus. Can earn degrees, CEUs, and Professional Certification.
high speed Internet
Computer conferencing
Opportunity to lean the technical skills required by many of today and tomorrow's top jobs.
Offers training in areas such as computer and information technology, health care, hospitality (culinary arts), travel and tourism, and hotel and motel management
Prepares students for a successful career in the world of work through a focused, intensive curriculum
Prepares you for a specific career
If you haven't carefully researched what you want to do, you could waste a lot of time and money
Don't allow much room for exploring alternative career options.
Ensure they meet the needs of employers who are hiring graduates from their programs
Students who like hands on learning and have skills, patience, and the right temperament
May feel that college training isn't right for you
Program that is formally agreed upon between a worker and employer where the employee learns a skilled trade through classroom work and on-the-job training
Upon completion of program becomes a journeyperson or skilled craftsperson
Leads to lasting lifetime skills
Skilled workers advance much faster than those who are semi-skilled or whose skills are not borad enough
Acquire the skills and judgment necessary to start own business if you choose.
Take time off to explore careers
Save $
Traveling - explore geographical options and cultures
Gain work experience
Helps with transition to adulthood
Goal to move away from companies that typically hire teens for part-time work to employers that can provide a future.
Larger employers have more opportunities
Look for entry level jobs in a field that interests you
Look into companies willing to pay for additional training
Remember you can work full or part time and still attend post-secondary education

Do something you love or are good at-maybe someday you'll get paid for it!
Good way to learn about or try something new
Valid experience to add to resume
Make a difference
Can Volunteer just about anywhere
Local opportunities - What's in your community that interests you? (Firefighter, Hospital, etc)
Volunteer with a large organization like: Americorps, Peacecorps, Jobcorps. Student Conservation Association
Options after High School
In 2008, 69% of students who graduated or received GED enrolled in college.
Continued Learning
Distance Learning
Called "The People's Colleges"
Admission open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent
Flexibility to enroll full-time or part-time
Also called technical or junior colleges
Regionally accredited, post-secondary institutions whose highest credential awarded is the associate degree
High quality programs at convenient times and places
Cost-effective - annual tuition and fees average approximately half those at public four-year colleges
Offer comprehensive programs including transfer curriculum that lead to baccalaureate degree and career programs
Strong curriculum that meets individual needs of students regardless of age, race, current job status, or previous academic preparation.
Allow freedom to explore different career interests at low cost
May award credit based on examination scores or equivalent knowledge gained through relevant life experiences.
Community Colleges
Vocational/Career Colleges


The Nation's Largest Employer
The Military
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Other Options
GAP Year Alternatives or Bridging Year
Straight to work
About 40% of these students enroll at 4 year colleges
Why aren't the remaining 60% choosing 4 year colleges?
Life Events
Need to earn income
Need to work and go to school
Certain conventions, behaviors, and attitudes don't fit traditional colleges
Doesn't want to attend traditional schooling after high school
Wants career that does not require or warrant traditional college
Unclear career goals - take time to explore careers
Save money
Desire to travel - explore geographical options and cultures

About 1/2 of students at community colleges take classes to prepare for employment or to acquire or upgrade skills for their current job.
Must be at least 16 years old and fill out an application for employment or present resume.
Some programs require a high school degree or certain course work.
Other requirements include passing certain aptitude tests, proof of physical ability, and possession of valid driver's license.
Resource: regional offices of the Employment and Training Administration's Office of Apprenticeship.
2 BIG questions:
1) Is the military right for me?
2) If yes, which branch is right for me?
Make a list of reasons to join the military and put them in order of importance to you (rank-ordering)
Check out ALL the branches!
List your primary motivators and use the "yes/no" method to determine if each branch can meet all or some of those.
Differences in branches:
Length of enlistment
Advanced pay grade
Length and type of training
Enlistment bonuses
Additional pay and allowances
Ability to pursue higher education
Taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
Multiple-aptitude battery of tests designed for use with students in their junior or senior year in high school or in a post-secondary school, as well as those seeking military enlistment
Results are useful to both students and the military
Military uses the results to determine the qualifications of candidates for enlistment to help place them in military occupational programs
Schools use results to assist their students in developing future educational and career plans
Composite scores measure your aptitude for higher academic learning and gives you ideas for career exploration (you don't have to join military just because you take the ASVAB)
9 short individual tests covering Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, General Science, Auto and Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information and Assembling Objects.
Scores for each individual area as well as three academic composite scores- Verbal, Math, and Academic Ability - and career-exploration composite scores.
Taking the ASVAB is free to the school and student and takes about 3 hours
No one passes or fails the ASVAB
All 5 branches of the armed forces offer college credit courses on base. Enlisted personnel can also take college courses at civilian colleges.
ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Can try ROTC at no obligation for two years (or if you have a four-year scholarship for one year)
Normally all ROTC classes, uniforms, and books are free
Graduates are required to serve in the military for a set period of time either full-time on active duty or part-time in the Reserve or National Guard
Qualifying graduates can delay their service to go to graduate or professional school first.
U.S. Service Academies:
Army, West Point, New York (42 majors in various fields of study)
After graduation must serve 5 years active duty and 3 years in a Reserve Component
Navy and Marines, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
if admitted become a midshipman
emphasizes math, science, and engineering
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (31 majors)
includes classes in humanities, social sciences, engineering, basic sciences, and physical education
Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut (4 year bachelors of science degree and 13 programs of study)
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York
classes in marine transportation, marine engineering, maritime operations and technology, and logistics and intermodal transportation
Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill
provides 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans
typically have 10 years to use benefits
Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill
educational assistance available with eligibility determined by the Selected Reserve components
eligible for up to 36 months of education benefits
May never return to school or further education
Lose touch with teachers and others who encourage further education
Higher likelihood of increased responsibility that may make it more difficult to return to school
Other Options
Journalistic Freelance
Sidewalk Performing Arts
Computer stuff
Start your own business
Marry rich
places young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.
must be at least 17 years old, although some service opportunities require you to be at least 18
Volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of real people.
Language, cross-cultural, and technical training
Travel to and from country of service
A monthly living and housing allowance
Full medical and dental coverage
Unique graduate school opportunities
Opportunities for short-term assignments through Peace Corps Response
No fee to participate
free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.
For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income
Offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas.
For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges.
Resources are also available for English Language Learners.
Student Conservation Association
Ages 18+ Expense-paid, year-round conservation internships related to conservation, environmental and sustainability
Interns may be able to receive academic credit through the college or institution in which they are currently enrolled.
If not currently enrolled in an academic program or institution, Colorado State University's Department of Natural Resources, Recreation, and Tourism offers an option to earn up to 12 undergraduate credits (tuition fee required).
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Additional Resources
www.sokanu.com (pronounced So Can You)
Teen's Guide to College & Career Planning (11th Ed) (www.facebook.com/petersonspublishing)
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