Hawthorn Academy Counseling Center
Going to College/University
What do I need to do now to prepare to attend college?
8th - 12th grade guide.
Utah Futures offers "Reality Check", "Interest Profiler", and "Career Cluster Inventory" (under Assessments) that will all help you focus your interests into a job/career. You can also search schools that offer coursework that you are interested in.
Visit Utah Majors to find schools that offer your majors. Look at different levels of education (Associates, certificates, Bachelors, etc.) and find out what jobs require what type of education
Find out about Concurrent Enrollment, IB classes, AP classes, and Early College classes at your high school and take advantage or earning these college credits while in high school.
Sign up to be a Utah Scholar if you haven't already and will be attending a neighborhood school (not a charter). This gives you access to scholarships, looks good on college applications, gets you ready to take college level courses if you follow the curriculum (you are well on your way now), and gives you a distinction at graduation.
EDUCATION and TRAININGS
EMPLOYER-PROVIDED TRAINING Formal training is most likely to be provided by mid-size to large organizations, but some employers also offer financial assistance to workers who pursue outside training and education opportunities in conjunction with chances to advance up the corporate career ladder.
APPRENTICESHIP (for more information: http://careertrainingbase.com/apprenticeship-programs/utah/) Today’s registered apprenticeships offer paid on-the-job training and related classroom instruction that results in licensure at the conclusion of a program, which may be from two to five years in length.
MILITARY (for more information: http://www.myfuture.com/military) The military offers a wide range of educational opportunities, and the skills learned are easily transferable to civilian high-skill/high-wage careers. While in the military there are multiple opportunities to study in advance, during, and after your service, with numerous programs to help pay the costs. All branches of the military encourage and support certificate, degree and advanced degree completion. Parent-Student Guide Utah CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career 17 Education and Training.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS If the goal is to acquire specific skills to enter an occupation as quickly as possible, certificate programs are ideal. The Utah Colleges of Applied Technology (ATCs include Bridgerland, Davis, Dixie, Jordan, Mountainland, Ogden-Weber, Southwest, Tooele, Uintah Basin) offer short-term, open-entry/openexit options that could be right for you. (Check for possible limitations in terms of transferability.) Other colleges also offer CTE credits, and these credits are generally transferable.
ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS The main public provider of associate degrees is the community college. Be sure to investigate the options for the Associate Degree of Applied Science in every Area of Study. These programs feature “hands-on” courses and are often articulated with four-year technology degrees.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMS Traditionally called “four-year degrees,” these programs often take longer than four years to complete. They are designed to prepare students for academic careers or for pursuit of advanced professional degrees. Be sure to explore bachelor’s programs in technology, which offer highly relevant training to compete in today’s global marketplace.