Your efforts to complete high school, vocational school, college, or university could be the best investment you will ever make.
In today's job market, training credentials are important in finding and keeping a good job. Employers will look at your credentials in deciding whether you possess the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job. They will also see your educational achievements (or current studies) as indicators that you will show initiative and persistence on the job.
There are many schools to choose from and financial aid is available to just about everyone. Apprenticeships are also a great way of getting started if you are interested in a particular trade.
Vocational Schools and Training Centers
If you have settled on a career interest, you may be able to start getting the training you need right now. Our area has several public vocational schools and training centers to serve you:
- Your High School district has course programs intended to prepare you for a career. For more information about how to set up a career track, contact your school counselor.
- College of the Redwoods has many job specific certificate programs. Call the counseling office to set up an appointment to discuss your options at 476-4150.
- HROP, Humboldt Regional Occupation Program offers a wide variety of vocational training programs for youth and adults. Many are located on high school campuses. Call the information office at 445-7018.
- Local Adult Schools have computer, business, and some career-specific courses for adults and older youth. Contact your local school district.
- American Truck School, (888) 700-5693
- Frederick and Charles Beauty School, (707) 443-2733
- ProMedical Assistant School, (707)-268-5503
Other Training Programs
- Americorps Offers young adults the chance to help their community while learning valuable job skills.
- California Conservation Corps Learn job skills and citizenship while working to protect and restore California's environment.
- California Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) (707) 445-6530 This program provides special services to youth, ages 15 to 24, to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals. Services include peer advising, referrals to supportive services, workshops, job referrals and placement assistance, and referrals to training and community outreach efforts.
- Humboldt Youth Program (WIB)
- Job Corps Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
- Youth Service Bureau (RCAA) Provides employment assistance and community referrals.
Colleges & Universities
Here are some advantages of choosing a 2-Year college:
- It is less expensive than a four-year university.
- It is easier to get into than a four-year university.
- There are many one and two-year job specific programs.
- You can transfer your eligible community college course credits to a four-year university.
- Two-year colleges offer many evening classes.
There are also advantages of 4-Year universities:
- Four-year universities offer more academic programs than two-year colleges.
- Universities are often more competitive and challenging than two-year colleges, making for a higher level of academic stimulation and achievement.
- Universities offer graduate degrees and certificates, including teaching credentials, that two-year colleges don't.
When considering different colleges, browse through the school's web site and take a virtual tour of the campus. Call the admissions department and get information about entrance requirements and financial aid. Visit the campus. Most colleges will be glad to give you a tour. Find out more about off-campus activities, and the local community.