Exploring College Handbook

Now that you’re in high school, it’s time to think about your future. What kind of career do you want to pursue? What type of education will get you there? Let’s get started! GETTING STARTED ASK FOR HELP Ask an adult you know to help you stay on track to college. This could be a parent, family friend, youth group leader, or anyone who knows you well. It’s especially important that you get to know your school counselor! Your counselor knows better than anyone what you need to do to make college a reality.


? WHAT DO WE MEAN BY COLLEGE College can mean any type of education beyond high school, including: COMMUNITY COLLEGES (2-YEAR) Schools that offer certificates, diplomas, associate degrees and programs for those planning to transfer to a 4-year school. COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES (4-YEAR) Schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. Many also award master’s and doctoral degrees. CAREER SCHOOLS (TRADE SCHOOLS) Schools that award diplomas and certificates for specific trades, such as healthcare, cosmetology, skilled trades, and technology. A few offer associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

Apprenticeships and the military are also options for education after high school.


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