There are many different paths one can take after high school, and there isn’t a right or wrong answer. The most important thing in choosing a path is reflecting on your inner self and determining what your core values, habits, and personality point you towards. The links below can help you to learn about and discover the possibilities that align with your strengths. The options include continuing your education to an associate, bachelor, masters, or even doctorate degree; joining the military and traveling the world; or sharpening your hands-on skills and taking pride in a craft or trade where attention to detail, craftsmanship, and quality are all the identifiers for success. But maybe you’re not sure what your inner self is telling you yet, and that’s okay too; you just need to dig a little deeper, explore concepts, and keep your eyes and ears open for that moment when something you come across really resonates with you and draws you in. Explore the links below and keep an open mind!
Prepare for career certification tests, view tutorials, and work on skill-building.
Coalition for College
Free online college planning tools that will help you learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
Provides virtual tours of colleges, offered in 360 degrees with embedded videos.
Explore the Trades
Find information on how to train for the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades.
Learn the basic requirements and steps for joining the U.S. military as an enlisted member.
Job Corps is a free residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16–24.
Visit Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB) for workforce information and apprenticeship opportunities.
Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) offers over 70 different programs.
Paying for College
Financial aid & scholarships
FAFSA or ORSAA
To be eligible for most types of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). Oregon residents who have undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) should file the ORSAA.
The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) awards more than $10 million in scholarships annually. The early bird deadline is in February, and the final deadline is in March.