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Options After High School

In addition to a 4-year or 2-year college/university, there are many options to consider after high school. It will be important for you to do your research and find opportunities to try and to explore the various options you are interested in learning more about. Below are descriptions of great options after high school. To learn more about the options, click on LEARN MORE!  


An apprenticeship is an earn-as-you-learn workforce training model. You’ll receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training to provide the industry-specific knowledge needed to perform highly skilled work. Apprentices earn a salary as they train and the process is structured to allow for a healthy, work-life balance. At the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll have the skills and training required in a high-demand industry. LEARN MORE!


A certificate program is a short-term training option that will prepare you for a specific job. You’ll typically complete some classroom instruction and training to learn a specific skill which will prepare you to work. LEARN MORE!


Employment means you plan to get a job right after high school as your main activity. Maybe you’re continuing the job you’ve been working or maybe you’re looking for a new job. In either case, getting a job right after high school means you will be doing a job full time, being paid for it, and are unlikely to be taking classes to expand your knowledge or build skills. Whatever you’re hoping to do, you still have some things to consider before you can enter the workforce full time. LEARN MORE!


The military or Armed Forces is the branch of the US Government dedicated to defending the security of the United states and maintain American influence abroad. The different branches have different missions and goals, but all provide an opportunity for paid training and money for further post-secondary education. The U.S. Military has five active-duty service branches and their respective Guard and Reserve units which offer full time and part time employment and options to access immediately after high school or after going through initial training, potentially at a college or university. The military doesn't accept just anyone who wants to join; in order to enlist, you must qualify. There are age, citizenship, physical, education, height/weight, criminal record, medical, and drug history standards that can exclude you from joining the militaryLEARN MORE!


A Gap Year is a chance to take some time between high school and college to design a year with specific goals in mind typically related to exploring a personal interest, volunteering for a cause building job skills. Students often travel or volunteer for a cause instead of going right to college. An intentional gap year can benefit students in many ways: help a student develop purpose and clarity for life and post-secondary studies. Gap years have also been known to improving earning and business potential by providing students with a more global background that is tested in the real world. A Gap Year isn’t a year off, it’s a year on. LEARN MORE!


Would you like a visual to help you with comaring the similariteis and differences in cost, preparation, and getting started? Check out this comparison chart