Plan your next steps to reach them. Explore different
pathways to your future:


Learn a trade with paid on-the-job training

In an apprenticeship, students earn while they learn by combining on-the-job training with job-related classroom/lab instruction. Registered apprentices are sponsored by their employers and typically work during the day and attend school at night.


Study and specialize in a career skill

Certificate programs are low cost and short term, nine months to two years. Students take part in very specialized education and training to develop skills specific to the work field or job they want. Students immerse in their area of focus and graduate in a shorter time frame with the skills they need to succeed in their jobs.


Two and four year degrees

Students attend colleges and universities to earn an associate degree (two years) or a bachelor’s degree (four years) by completing a program of study. Thousands of colleges/universities are available and vary by size, admission criteria, academic standards, and types of courses they offer.

Students who earn an associate degree may later transfer credits to a four-year college or university.


Learn essential skills to start a business of your own

Whether students want to open a business right out of high school or attend college first, they can find entrepreneurial education resources to support the creation of a successful business.


Enlist in a branch of the armed forces

Students can enlist in one of six branches of the United States military, which offer many educational benefits for members during and after service.