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Career Options

2 YEAR OR 4 YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

A great way to transition into college and more easily explore your interests is going to community college. Classes are less expensive and admission is much simpler. You have the option to follow a diploma or certification track (such as Automotive or Fire Technology), or move toward your associate’s degree before transferring to a four year college.

Check out the websites of our neighboring Community Colleges to see what they have to offer:

Los Medanos College

Diablo Valley College

4 year colleges and universities offer a well-rounded education and a more flexible degree. Their admission requirements are high and the cost is more significant, but they do afford the opportunity to build a community (many students live on campus) and often have opportunities for on and off campus learning (internships, study abroad, etc.).

To learn more about the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) systems, check out their websites.

 

VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL, OR TRADE SCHOOLS

Vocational schools are privately owned and offer a wide variety of training options, such as cosmetology or paralegal services. Admission is open, which means they will admit all students who are interested in attending.

 

APPRENTICESHIPS

This is an efficient way to learn job skills while being paid! It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school. Check out additional information, necessary qualifications, and search for apprenticeships here.

 

MILITARY OPPORTUNITIES

The U.S. Military consists of five active-duty service branches and their respective Guard and Reserve units. Together, they offer a broad variety of ways to serve. Check out this website for an overview of the process, opportunities, and benefits.

 

JOIN THE CORPS

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. Focus areas include: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

California Conservation Corps provides a life-changing opportunity with specialized trainingeducation and scholarships while earning a paycheck and giving back to your community and the environment. Corps members - young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 - sign up for a year of working outdoors to improve California's natural resources. They also assist with emergency response, such as fighting fires, floods, earthquakes and pest infestations.