Career Pathways

1.   Traditional 4-Year Colleges or Universities

a.     Provides opportunity to earn a 4-year or Bachelor’s Degree

b.    Opens doors to many lucrative careers

c.     Offers a wide variety of majors (fields of study)

d.     Offers on-campus residential & meal plans

e.     Process of application

                                            i.     Research/visit potential schools to determine an appropriate list (usually 3-5) of schools.  These should include at least 1 reach school (school whose entrance criteria is a bit above yours), 1 safety school (school whose typical entrance criteria is a bit below yours), and most match schools (schools whose entrance criteria is approximately the same as yours).

                                          ii.     Complete College Application Process checklist

                                         iii.     Submit a green Transcript Request Form to your school counselor.

                                         iv.     Follow-up with colleges to determine admissions and verify financial aid information (if appropriate)

2.   Community & Technical Colleges

a.     Provides opportunity to earn a 2-year Associate Degree

b.    Affordable alternatives to 4-year colleges

c.     Enables students to begin schooling & later transfer to 4-year school

d.     Allows student to potentially work part-time

e.     Process of application

                                            i.     Apply to school (either online or paper application)

                                          ii.     Submit green Transcript Request Form

                                         iii.     Visit school and meet with teachers or interested career field if possible

3.   Vocational Schools

a.     Receive hands-on training in specific career field or vocation

b.    Process of application

                                            i.     Apply to school (either online or paper application)

4.   Apprenticeships


5.   Military

a.     Receive specific training in one of many potential career fields – most of which have equivalents in the civilian sector

b.    Gain self-discipline and leadership training

c.     Travel & see more of the world

d.     Save money

e.     Earn educational benefits (GI Bill & Tuition Assistance)

f.     Serve your country!

g.     Process of Application

                                            i.     See a recruiter and enlist (must have parental consent if 17; can enlist independently when 18) – Delayed Entry Program

                                          ii.     Take Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) & pass physical fitness test

                                         iii.     For more information, visit

6.    Gap Year

a.     Take a break from schooling

b.    Potentially earn some college credit (some programs offer)

c.     Travel & see the world

d.     Provide service to others

e.     Discover more about yourself & uncover your life passions

f.     For more information, visit

7.   Job Corps

a.     Receive assistance in completing your General Education Degree (GED) if needed

b.    Receive hands-on, specific job training

c.     Receive housing & food at no cost

d.     Assistance in securing a job after successful completion

e.     Process of application

                                            i.     Speak to Job Corps recruiter (information at

                                          ii.     Complete & submit application & all pertinent supplementary documents

8.   Employment

a.     Enter directly into the world of work

b.    Process of application

                                            i.     Complete online or paper application

                                          ii.     Visit potential place of employment, dressed nicely, and meet with manager to make introduction and communicate interest