POST HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
4- Year Colleges & Universities
A bachelor’s degree can be pursued at both public and private four-year colleges and universities. This degree prepares graduates for entry-level positions (i.e. computer science, business administration) or a broad range of positions such as liberal arts or social sciences. Most degrees programs require two years of general education requirements and two years of study within a major.
Community & Technical Colleges
Occupational training is offered at community and technical colleges colleges throughout the state to give students the skills and knowledge for direct employment or career advancement in business and industry. Community colleges and technical schools are open to all residents. Associate of Technical Arts degrees and certificate programs are offered in a variety of areas which will vary by school.
During apprenticeships, students work as a full-time paid employee of a company. They are paid a percentage of a full qualified worker's rate and receive regular increases. Apprenticehip programs are often affiliated with labor unions, contractor groups, or government agencies and are licensed by the state. The employer or sponsor also often pays for related classroom training at a vocational/technical school or a community college. For information on apprenticeships, go to the Labor and Industries website.
The Armed Services provides vocational skills training to succeed in one of the many military occupations in return for a commitment of time. Because the career, training, and educational opportunities are different for each branch of the military, students should talk to recruiters representing different military branches. For more information on a military service option, see a local recruiter or go to one of the military websites:
Americorps is a national service corps in which individuals work for 1 or 2 years helping communities with their education, public safety, and environmental needs. After a year or service, students receive an educational award to be used for further education. For information go to www.americorps.org.
Job Corps is a 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, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. For more information, visit http://www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx