Post High School Options

Four-year Colleges & Universities

These schools usually offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.  Some also offer graduate and professional degrees.  Four-year Colleges and Universities require high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, personal essays and letters of recommendation.

 

Community Colleges

They serve people from nearby communities and offer academic, technical and continuing courses.  Most of these schools offer education and training programs that are two years or shorter.  The programs lead to a license, a certificate, an associate of arts (AA) degree, and associate of science (AS) degree, or an associate of applied science (AAS) degree.  Community Colleges often operate under an “open admissions” policy – meaning; anyone who has a high school diploma or GED can enroll.  In some cases, anyone over 18 can enroll.  These colleges often require an entrance exam called the Accuplacer or Compass.  SAT, ACT and Smarter Balance test scores may also be used for placement by the college.

 

Technical Colleges

These are colleges that have a special emphasis on education and training in technical fields.  These are less than four years in length.  Most of these schools offer education and training programs that are two years or shorter.  The programs often lead to a license, a certificate, an associate of arts (AA) degree, an associate of science (AS) degree, or an associate of applied science (AAS) degree.  Technical Colleges often operate under an “open admissions” policy – meaning; anyone who has a high school diploma or GED can enroll.  In some cases, anyone over 18 can enroll.  These colleges often require an entrance exam called the Asset or Compass.

 

Career Schools

These offer specific career training, I.e. Salon Professional Academy, UTI, Northwest Culinary Institute. There are many to choose from.  Check with them to see what their entrance requirements are.

 

Apprenticeship Programs

These are programs that allow you to acquire work experience and training to establish yourself in a career.  They combine classroom studies with on-the-job training.  You “earn while you learn.”   Most apprentice programs require a high school diploma or GED and must be 18 years of age.

 

Military

Opportunities include Career training, college degrees, and travel.  All students wishing to enlist in the military should take the ASVAB test during their junior or senior year.  All divisions of the military require a high school diploma, however, the Army accepts some GED’s.

 

Directly to Work

Remember, many employers are looking for employees they can count on; having a successful high school career will prove to them that you will be a dedicated employee and worth hiring.