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Four-year Colleges & Universities
These schools usually offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.  Some also offer graduate and professional degrees.  Four-year Colleges and Universities require high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, personal essays and letters of recommendation.

Check out the changes due to Covid by taking a virtual tour: Virtual College Tours 

Community Colleges
They serve people from nearby communities and offer academic, technical and continuing courses.  Most of these schools offer education and training programs that are two years or shorter.  The programs lead to a license, a certificate, an associate of arts (AA) degree, and associate of science (AS) degree, or an associate of applied science (AAS) degree.  Community Colleges often operate under an “open admissions” policy – meaning; anyone who has a high school diploma or GED can enroll.  In some cases, anyone over 18 can enroll.  These colleges often require an entrance exam called the Accuplacer or Compass.  SAT, ACT and Smarter Balance test scores may also be used for placement by the college.

Technical Colleges
These are colleges that have a special emphasis on education and training in technical fields.  These are less than four years in length.  Most of these schools offer education and training programs that are two years or shorter.  The programs often lead to a license, a certificate, an associate of arts (AA) degree, an associate of science (AS) degree, or an associate of applied science (AAS) degree.  Technical Colleges often operate under an “open admissions” policy – meaning; anyone who has a high school diploma or GED can enroll.  In some cases, anyone over 18 can enroll.  These colleges often require a placement exam called the Asset, Compass, or Accuplacer. Some colleges, such as TCC, will use a "multiple measures" approach such as using a collection of evidence like the Smarter Balance test combined with GPA and other evidence

Check out the programs offered in two-year community and technical colleges by visiting www.checkoutacollege.com

Career Schools
These offer specific career training, i.e. Salon Professional Academy, UTI, Northwest Culinary Institute. There are many to choose from.  Check with them to see what their entrance requirements are.

Apprenticeship Programs
These are programs that allow you to acquire work experience and training to establish yourself in a career.  They combine classroom studies with on-the-job training.  You “earn while you learn.”   Most apprentice programs require a high school diploma or GED and must be 18 years of age. Check out programs in WA State by going to Lni.wa.gov and in the search box type Apprenticeship Preparation to learn more. For national programs, go to apprenticeship.gov.

The Guidebook for Pierce, King, and Snohomish County is a great resource to learn about construction trades. Each trade provides you an overview of their duties/tasks, qualifications, hourly wages/benefits, and apprenticeship training office contact information to register for the Apprenticeship course. 

Military
The U.S. Armed Forces are made up of five armed forces:

They offer Active Duty (full-time) or Reserve & National Guard (part-time) jobs. Opportunities include career training, college degrees, and travel. Please click the links with more information and career paths.

All students wishing to enlist in the military should take the ASVAB test during their junior or senior year.  Contact a recruiter to schedule. All divisions of the military require a high school diploma; however, the Army accepts some GED’s.

ROTC - Connect with a recruiter early to apply for this scholarship. Information about requirements can be found online.
Navy: NROTC.navy.mil
Army: Goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships
Marine: Marines.com/becoming-a-marine/officer/nrotc-scholarships
Air Force: AFROTC.com

Directly to Work
Remember, many employers are looking for employees they can count on; having a successful high school career will prove to them that you will be a dedicated employee and worth hiring.