Alternatives to College

Updated on Thu, 04/29/2021 - 3:55pm

We recognize that not every student is college-bound. There are several reasons for not going to college after high school and there are many great opportunities for students. These include, but are not limited to:

Technical Schools & Apprenticeships

These schools are an excellent alternative to a traditional college. Many of the careers requiring trade or technical training are also excellent paying and in high demand, including electrical, plumbing, welding, masonry, and more.

Attending a technical school or learning a trade through an apprenticeship can have you earning money right away. Explore this option by visiting Emily Griffith Technical College Apprenticeship Training Division.

Join the Military

There are five branches of the US Military: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. There are many benefits, besides service, to joining the military, including career training, steady income, health care and tuition assistance should you decide to go to college. Learn more or visit a local recruiter at 550 Thornton Pkwy #170, Thornton, CO 80229.

Gap Year

Maybe you're tired of the academic grind. Maybe you're not sure why you're going to college or what you'll do when you get there. Maybe you yearn to explore far-away places or to dig deeper into a career that interests you. If this sounds like you, perhaps now is the time to consider taking a gap year between high school and college. (National Association for College Admission Counseling). Explore different opportunities for Gap Year.

Get a Job

If you are interesting is seeking employment after high school, there are many online resources to help you secure gainful employment.

Adams County Workforce Center

Connecting Colorado

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment