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Life after high school

What options are right for me?

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!

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Exploring Options

Learning Express

Prepare for career certification tests, view tutorials, and work on skill-building.

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Coalition for College

Free online college planning tools that will help you learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.

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You Visit

Provides virtual tours of colleges, offered in 360 degrees with embedded videos.

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Explore the Trades

Find information on how to train for the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades.

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Military Options

Learn the basic requirements and steps for joining the U.S. military as an enlisted member.

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Job Corps

Job Corps is a free residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16–24.

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Visit Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB) for workforce information and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) offers over 70 different programs.

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Paying for College

Financial aid & scholarships


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.

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OSAC Scholarship

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.

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Resumes & Portfolio Ideas

Books Available in the Coastline Catalog

Books about jobs & careers

Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance
Career wisdom for college students
Engineering your future
The successful artist's career guide
Writing for others, writing for ourselves
Opportunities in photography careers
Opportunities in biological science careers
I can get paid for that?
Health and fitness professionals
So you want to be a playwright?
Fine artists
Opportunities in nutrition careers
Careers in focus