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Know Your Education Options
Whatever you’re planning to do for your career, you'll need to carefully research the field to find out what training you’ll need—and what educational options will meet your needs as a full- or part-time student.
Today, there are more educational options than ever. With thousands of colleges and career training programs out there, there’s 1 to suit your needs and your budget. Choosing is a matter of knowing where to look and what to consider.
Education Options to Consider
- Start college early. High school students can get a jumpstart on college and early credits at a Vermont college for free through 1 of 2 programs: dual enrollment or early college. Talk to your school counselor or visit The Association of Vermont Independent Colleges or The Vermont State Colleges websites for more information.
- Go for career training. For some specific jobs, you may be able to get started with a career training program, which typically takes less time than a full college degree.
- Become an apprentice. For careers such as a plumber, carpenter, or chef, you may also want to look into the possibility of an apprenticeship where you'll learn on the job under an experienced mentor.
- Start working toward a 2-year degree at a community college. After graduation, you can start your career, work while continuing part-time at a 4-year college, or transfer full-time to a 4-year college. If you plan to transfer, check with the new school early on about what credits will transfer.
- Go straight to a 4-year college or university. Here, you can work toward a degree in any number of fields.
If you’re planning to go to college or university, get tips for choosing your area of study (otherwise known as your college major).