Post High School Options

FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES

Your options for 4-year colleges are many, including private and public schools. These

types of schools offer bachelor’s degrees, which are usually completed in four years of full-

time study. Some 4-year colleges also have graduate schools that offer master’s and doctoral degrees.

 

TWO-YEAR COLLEGES

These 2-year options can also be private or public schools. The most common types

of 2-year colleges are community colleges. Typically a 2-year college is less expensive

than a 4-year college. Two-year diplomas, certificates and degrees are offered through

these schools. Many students will begin at a 2-year college and then transfer to a 4-year

university to pursue an advanced degree.

 

TECHNICAL COLLEGES

Most technical colleges offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in many fields.

Your typical length at a technical college will depend on your program choice and if you

choose to be a full-time student. Most students attend technical colleges for two years. The

programs and degrees offered at a technical college are very specific and great options for

those students who want to enter the work force quickly.

 

MILITARY

The military offers many educational opportunities for students in return for their service

to their country. Once you have decided the military is something you may want to

pursue, you must meet all the requirements at the Military Entrance Processing Station.

Our counselors and the College and Career Center (CCC) can connect you with the

recruitment officers, who can ensure you meet all the necessary requirements before high

school graduation.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Students may choose to go directly into the work force after high school graduation. If

you know you would like to pursue a career that requires no further education, or have

been offered a job within a company that will provide you the training you need, this may

be an option for you. A meeting with your counselor will help you in planning, if this is

the route you wish to take.

 

GAP YEAR

When choosing to do a gap year, students should consider what they would be doing to

advance or enrich themselves both personally and professionally. Students can choose

from an array of opportunities, including things like – learning a trade, volunteer work,

travel, internships and sports. Gap year opportunities should assist in improving students’

knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence and self-sufficiency.

Conducting a College Search

 

There are many factors to consider in the college search process:

• Location: Do I want to live at home? If not, how far away from home do I want to go?

 

• Size: Do I find a large school exciting – or frightening? Do I find a small school comfortable – or confining? Larger schools can usually provide a wider range of experiences. Smaller schools can usually provide more personal support.

 

• Programs: Am I looking for a wide-ranging liberal arts experience, or am I more

focused on a specific course of professional study? Does the school offer special

programs that interest me – honors, special seminars, internships, study abroad? Can

this school provide the academic experiences I’m looking for?

 

• Atmosphere: It is not just about academic studies – a great deal of the college

experience is what happens outside of the classroom. Some campuses are very social.

Some emphasize religion and morality. Some campuses are more politically active than

others and may be liberal or conservative. Some campuses emphasize sports and other

extracurricular involvement.

 

• Competitiveness: Students often ask “Can I get into [College X]?” This is the wrong

question. The correct question is “Would I be successful in [College X]?” People

respond differently to challenges. Do I want to start off as one of the smartest students

in my class? Do I rise to a challenge and seek to be surrounded by students who find

learning easier than I do? Do I do my best work when I start off near the middle of my

Class?

 

• Public or Private: Public schools tend to be larger and less expensive. Private schools

tend to be smaller, with smaller class sizes and more personal support. The expense

difference can become a complicated calculation, depending on individual family

Circumstances.

 

• Admissions: Though not the most important factor, at some point a student needs to

be realistic about admission standards. Don’t give up on a school automatically because

you don’t think you will be admitted. If the school meets all your other criteria, but

you think you won’t be admitted, discuss it with your counselor

 

Resources for Filing the FAFSA:

 

 

 

Career Resources

ASVAB Career Information Program

Bureau of Labor Statistics (K-12)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career One Stop

CAREERwise

MyMajors

Raise.Me

Raise.Me is a resource that helps students explore colleges, build a portfolio and get rewarded for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. If a student follows a college and puts an accomplishment into their portfolio, the college may reward the student with a micro-scholarship that can build through the years. The students will only get the scholarship if they apply and are accepted to the college, however, it is fun to see students earn scholarships and see what colleges are looking for in admissions decisions. It is a great tool for students to set goals and stay motivated.

 

 

National Scholarship Search Tools

The following is a list of good websites to search for national scholarships. Consider an alternate email address to manage potential junk mail.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/?navid=gh-cp

https://www.fastweb.com/

https://www.scholarships.com/

https://myscholly.com/#scholly

https://www.cappex.com/

http://www.scholarshipmonkey.com/

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