career planning
  • Additional Post-Secondary Options

    • Apprenticeships ( – a way for men and women to earn money while learning an important skill. Typically, an apprenticeship program can take from three to five years of classroom and on-the-job training while working beside an experienced journeyperson. Examples of occupations include barbers, correctional officers, vocational nurses, machinists, automotive technicians and those in the construction fields.


    • Private and Career Technical Schools/Vocational Schools ( – offers a variety of programs in fields such as automotive, mechanics, aircraft mechanics, health care, business, computer science, cosmetology and truck driving. 


    • The “Gap Year” or “Year Out” ( - designed to be an exploratory year between high school and college. The gap year is not designed for you to sit on the couch and watch TV for a year! You are encouraged to carefully research various options for exploration. 


    • AmeriCorps ( – a network of local, state and national service programs in education, public safety, health and the environment.


    • California Conservation Corps ( – programs include environmental conservation in the wilderness, fire protection and emergency response covering fires, floods, oil spills and earthquakes.


    • U.S. Military ( – official website for careers in the military through the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. In order for you to find out what possible choices you have based on your skills, you may take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). 


    • Job Corps ( – official website for Job Corps. Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. Applicants must be between 16 and 24 years of age, be a US citizen, and meet income requirements.