Life After High School: Where do I go from here?

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Know where you’re headed?  It’s okay if you don’t, and it’s more common than you might think.  Learning is a lifelong process, and discovering your true passions and natural talents might take a few more life experiences that can only come with age.  We all need a little direction sometimes, and everyone has their own unique path.  Let’s take a look at the map and see what’s out there.

Knowing the options that are available is just as important as the choice that you make, and we have outlined some programs that are available in Detroit and surrounding areas.  The corporations and agencies that offer these have a genuine interest in your success, and do not charge a single penny.  In fact, some of them will pay you to help cover the cost of living during the program.

  • If you haven’t already, take the first step – earn your High School Diploma or equivalency credential

    • Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits through JobCorps.

      • They offer career technical training in more than 100 career areas. Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost. For up to 21 months after graduation, a career transition counselor will help your student make the transition from Job Corps into the real world.

  • Continue your education – enroll in college

    • The Detroit Promise scholarship

      • In partnership with the city’s Detroit Promise Zone, the Detroit Scholarship Fund, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the spring of 2016 from a high school in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate* at any one of five participating community colleges.

      • A four-year opportunity is also available, which requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and ACT score of at least 21. Details here.

    • For students living outside of the city, there are other grant programs for Michigan residents (those listed have the broadest scope):

      • Michigan Tuition Grant (need based)

        • The Michigan Tuition Grant program is available to undergraduate Michigan residents with financial need who plan to attend or are attending independent, degree-granting Michigan post-secondary institutions.

      • Tuition Incentive Program (restricted to Medicaid recipients)

        • The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for college

      • Michigan Competitive Scholarship (need & merit based)

        • MCS program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan post-secondary institution. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit. Eligible applicants must achieve a qualifying ACT score prior to entering college.

      • To learn more about these programs and paying for college, visit the MI Student Aid website.

  • Learn a trade – get technical training or become an apprentice

    • Detroit Registered Apprentice Program (D-RAP)

      • D-RAP supports Detroit’s efforts to promote training that will lead to career employment based on the U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeable occupations that meet current and emerging industry needs. D-RAP’s participant program workforce structure includes: Customized Readiness Training, testing and assessment, employment pre-screening and placement.

    • JobCorps

      • Job Corps is committed to the development of green job training. All students who enter the Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, or Construction career technical training areas will train in a variety of green subject areas.

      • Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost. For up to 21 months after graduation, a career transition counselor will help your student make the transition from Job Corps into the real world.

  • Earn an Income – get a job & grow a career

    • Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC)

      • Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) takes an active interest not just in adult jobseekers, but also in the next generation of Detroit talent. From the time they enter high-school up to age 24, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation engages with Detroit youth across a wide range of areas, from additional education or training opportunities, to career advice and coaching, to work-readiness programs and credentials.

      • DESC provides assistance to those as young as age 14.

    • AmeriCorps

      • 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. Corps Members must be between 18 and 24 years old.

      • For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance, and some programs provide housing. You may not save much money during your year of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs. AmeriCorps members who complete a term of service also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

We hope that you found this information helpful for yourself or someone you know.  Please note that this is not intended to be all-inclusive, and if there are any other resources or programs that you would like to add, we would be happy to share them with our followers!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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