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Learn About Your Post-High School Pathways

Last updated August 23, 2023

Post-High School Options

The end of high school marks a pivotal point in your life, since there are many educational and professional paths you can take from here! We know that deciding what comes after high school can feel intimidating, but with the right research, preparation, and support, you can make a choice that feels right for you and aligns with your goals. Here are some post high school pathways that students can take and some resources to support along the way.

*Note: Before making a big decision about your post-high school plans, we strongly recommend talking to a parent, guardian, or trusted adult. They can support you in making a decision that’s best for you. 

Attend college

As you may already know, many students attend college after graduating from high school. There are so many great benefits of attending college, like expanding your mind, putting yourself out of your comfort zone, making lifelong friends, and even earning higher pay in the future. The two most common types of college are:

  • Two-year colleges and universities (commonly known as community colleges). Students attending community college typically receive their associate degree at the end of their two years. From there, they can transfer to a four-year school to receive their bachelor’s degree, or enter the workforce. Students typically apply to community colleges later in their senior year - usually sometime in the spring.
  • Four-year colleges and universities. Students typically receive their bachelor’s degree at the end of their four years before entering the workforce. Students typically apply to four-year schools early in their senior year - usually in the fall. However, some schools may have rolling deadlines, meaning students can apply when they want as long as spots are still available. Schools with rolling deadlines may be best for students who are unsure if college is the best fit for them in the fall, but decide later to apply.

Decided that attending college is right for you? We have tons of free resources and support along every step of the college application process - from researching schools and beginning your applications to registering for classes and completing financial aid forms. Attending and graduating from college is an incredible journey that we’re here to support you on! Questions about college? Text us! Send #College to 33-55-77 to speak with one of our advisors.

Earn and learn

Become an apprentice

An  apprenticeship is a career pathway that allows someone to gain on-the-job training, paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally-recognized credential within their industry. Apprenticeship programs can open doors to hundreds of occupations, often in high-growth and emerging industries. Some common occupations with apprenticeships include:

  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers

….and many more!

Serve through AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program that hires and places workers across the country to address critical community needs, such as increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, and preparing for natural disasters. There are many benefits to serving through AmeriCorps, such as:

  • Receiving an allowance
  • Receiving an education award to pay for college, trade school expenses, or to repay student loans
  • Professional development and training
  • Health benefit options
  • Access to AmeriCorps’ alumni network

…and more!

Study at a trade school

Attending a trade school is a great way to learn hands-on skills and get hired into stable, in-demand careers! Trade programs are typically offered through community colleges and at technical and vocational schools. Students who study at trade schools typically receive a certificate of completion in their profession/area of study, but not an associate or bachelor's degree. Trade school is a great option for students who know what they want to pursue professionally after high school.

Find a job

There are many reasons a student may choose to enter the workforce immediately after graduating high school, like supporting their family, taking time to weigh their educational options, and saving money. Whatever your reason, we are here to support you as you search for, apply to, and secure a great job! From creating a great resume and cover letter to preparing for interviews, we have resources to make your job search a success. Any questions relating to Jobs? Text #Jobs to 33-55-77 to speak with one of our jobs advisors.

The best choice you can make is the one that’s best for you. No matter the path you choose, we’re here to support you! Any questions? Just text # Hello to 33-55-77. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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