Post Secondary Education

Often the career path a student hopes to pursue requires additional education or training. Post secondary education assists the student in earning a certificate, credential, and/or degree needed to obtain a job. It is important to help the student explore and identify the education or training path that will ultimately help them gain the necessary skills to secure employment.

Post Secondary Options

There are many options available to the student when it comes to gaining the necessary knowledge and skills. The transition team must help the youth identify the post secondary education or training that is aligned with the requirements needed to be successful.

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4-Year College/University

Options Include:
- Bachelor’s degree granting program
- Bachelor’s degree granting program through a specialized program for students with disabilities
- Non-degree granting, certificate program

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2-Year College

Options Include:
- Associate’s degree granting program
- Non-degree granting, certificate program

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Other Post Secondary Education and Training Options

Options May Include:
- 13th year Bridge Program
- Vocational or technical programs/schools
- Adult education and continuing education programs
- Life skills programs in higher education settings
- Apprenticeship programs
- Employer-provided job-training programs
- Pre-apprenticeship programs (e.g., Job Corps)

Understanding The Difference Between High School and Post-Secondary Education

There are some important differences between the supports and services students receive in high school and those available in post secondary education and training programs. Click to learn more about Post Secondary Education Expectations.

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Postsecondary Education Subindicators

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Postsecondary Education Planning

When Postsecondary education planning activities are in place, students are given opportunities to explore ways to begin life-long learning after high school.

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Career Potential

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Social Connections

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Advanced Knowledge

Career Interested


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