Non-College Options

Jobs
What If I Don't Want To Go To College Right Now?

Job Corps
Job Corps is designed to assist young people who need and can benifit from the multifaceted approach provided in the residential setting of a Job Corps Center. The program is highly targeted to disadvantaged youth facing multiple barriers of employment. Job Corps provides a comprehensive mix of service which address these multiple barriers in an integrated and coordinated manner in one facility. http://dallasregion.jobcorps.gov

Taking Time Off After High School
www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/starting-points
Check out this article from the College Board.


Here are a number of alternatives instead of going straight to college. Listed below are just a few.


Travel, Academic, and Volunteer Links
International Cultural Adventures
www.icadventures.com
Live with local families. Serve communities in need. Study the language and put it to use. Learn about the culture through seminars and local exploration. A comprehensive orientation sets the stage for a deeper and more intimate cross-cultural experience. Make friends and make a contribution through these extraordinary immersion programs in Peru and India.

AFS International Exchange Program
www.usa.afs.org
AFS claims to be the most experienced high school exchange organization in the world. Check with counselors for local contact.

Amigos de las Americas
www.amigoslink.org
Volunteer to spend your summer providing public health services to our neighbors in Latin America. Young people from the US develop leadership skills and an understanding of other cultures while participating in this unique program.

BUNAC-Working Adventures Worldwide
www.bunac.org
BUNAC programs offer students and young people and enriching and affordable alternative to package tourism. On a BUNAC program, you have the chance to live and breathe another culture from the inside instead of merely passing through as a tourist.

City Year
www.cityyear.org
City Year is an innovative service organization that unites diverse young leaders, ages 17 to 24, for a challenging year of full-time service, leadership, and civic engagement beginning each August. Corps members receive a weekly stipend and are eligible for over $4000 in post-service awards for college or job training after serving on the front lines of America's most critical issues by eradicating racism and other social barriers.

InterExchange Programs
www.interexchange.org
The Summer Youth Blitz is a unique service experience for a diverse group of youth, ages 16 to 18, from high schools and youth organizations around the United States. During this program, 15 to 20 youth participants and adult leaders "blitz build" an entire Habitat house in two weeks.

Hostelling International
www.hihostels.com
Hostelling International is the leading provider of budget accommodation, with 4,000+ hostels in great locations around the world.

Nancel Open Door
www.nacelopendoor.org
This group promotes international understanding and language education by offering accessible, high-quality exchange programs with a well-structured support network.

National Outdoor Leadership School
www.nols.edu
NOLS, the premier teacher of outdoor skills and leadership, offers courses 10 days to full semesters in the worlds most spectacular outdoor classrooms. Offerings are available for 14 years old and up.

PAX - Program of Academic Exchange
www.pax.org
PAX offers both inbound and outbound high school/home stay programs. The programs are built on the simple concept that we can best learn about a different culture and best master a foreign language by living as a family member in that country.

Rotary Youth Exchange
www.rotary.org/programs/youth_ex
Every year approximately 7,000 students ages 15 to 19 go abroad under the auspices of the Rotary Youth Exchange program, either for the academic year or an extended period of time. Check with counselors for local contact.

Study Abroad
www.studyabroad.com
Check out programs for high school students.


Job Related Links


Business, Trade and Technical Schools by State
www.rwm.org/rwm/

Center for INTERIM Programs
www.interimprograms.com
INTERIM offers the opportunity to explore different areas of interest via a personally tailored, experience-based format. Since its inception in 1980, INTERIM has designed creative "time on" for over 3,500 young people between the ages of 15 and 70, and has created an ever-growing database of over 4000 options worldwide.

Job Corps 245-0197
The United States' largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Since 1964, Job Corps has served generations of young adults through intensive programs of education, vocational training, work experience, and counseling. The Job Corps program has prepared millions of young men and women for meaningful work. To make contact call 245-0197.

JobMonkey.Com: "The Coolest Jobs on Earth"
www.jobmonkey.com
Search for summer jobs, seasonal jobs and year-round jobs worldwide.


Military Related Links

Military Career Guide Online
www.todaysmilitary.com/app/tm/careers

This is the leading career information resource for the military world of work. It gives you details on 152 enlisted and officer occupations with civilian counterparts where applicable.

United States Air Force
www.airforce.com

United States Army
www.goarmy.com

United States Coast Guard
www.uscg.mil/jobs

United States Marine Corps
www.marines.com

United States Navy
www.navy.com