Parents' toolkit to help your students plan their career path

In this section, you will find resources for:
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Technical Education
  • The College Selection and Application Process
  • Oregon's Job Market

"As a parent or caregiver, you have a key role in your child’s education — you can help bridge your child’s transition from home to school, and give him or her the best chance at success in learning and in life."

Partners In Progress and U.S. Department of Education Parent Checklist

What are my child's options after high school? 

4-YEAR COLLEGE
  • Receive Bachelor's degree 

  • Take courses in their field/major but also general education

4- Year College

COMMUNITY COLLEGES
  • Receive Associate's degree

  • Can save money and transfer to a university or start their career after graduation

Community College

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
  • Hands- on learning for a specific career (e.g. plumber, electrician) 

  • Receive certification 

  • Programs range from 6 months to 2 years 

CTE Programs

MILITARY
  • Consider each branch and whether it fits your child's skills and interest

  • Benefit: financial help for college 

Military

NATIONAL SERVICE
  • Americorps service programs  (e.g. VISTA, NCCC, State and National) 

  • Benefits: education award, professional development opportunities.  

Community College

National Service

GAP YEAR
  • An option if your child is unsure of their career goals 

  • They can explore careers through jobs, volunteering or travel

Gap Year

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