Youth in Transition Toolkit:
Has the youth explored available postsecondary education and training options related to their career goal?
The first step in making a decision about a postsecondary education and training is to determine a career goal. Then, it's time to explore options for postsecondary education and training.
Postsecondary education counseling
Options for postsecondary education and training include:
Some students may not be prepared to attend a postsecondary institution right out of high school. Adult basic education classes are often available free of charge to help students develop skills in reading, writing, math and computers.
Customized and hands-on, apprenticeships allow a person to learn and earn. Wages increase as job-specific skills are mastered through classroom and on-the-job training. Learn how to be an apprentice from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, and consider other on-the-job training programs through the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline.
Certifications are exams that test skills or knowledge after a person has prepared for a specific competency. Preparation programs for certifications include technical colleges, trade schools and workforce programs. Ideally, a certificate is endorsed by a relevant industry or professional association. On average, certificate holders earn 20% more than high school graduates without postsecondary education.
Examples of certificate programs include:
Learn more from the Minnesota Community Education Association.
Degree programs include:
Military options include Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, National Guard, Navy, Marines and Space Force. Learn more at Military.com.
Hundreds of postsecondary education programs for youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) are available at college campuses across the country. These programs represent a unique opportunity for youth with I/DD to have the college experience while building independent living and work skills needed for adulthood.
Families are often unaware of these inclusive higher education programs. If cost is a barrier, federal financial aid may be an option.
Options in Minnesota include:
Youth may also consider programs offered in other states.
Find a complete list of programs and other helpful resources at Think College.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows youth in 10th, 11th and 12th grades to earn college credit while still in high school. Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses offered at the high school, usually taught by a trained high school teacher. In both options, youth generate both college credit and high school credit by successful completion of coursework.
Help youth learn Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Help youth learn about concurrent enrollment (college courses that can be taken during high school) from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Explore short-term training options from Minnesota State.
Apprenticeship Minnesota lists apprenticeship opportunities in Minnesota. Select the Be an Apprentice section.
Dual training is an earn-while-you-learn approach where the employer invests in the employee by providing training in competency-based work skills and related instructions. Visit Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline to explore dual-training options.
Military.com is a resource for military members, veterans and their families, and those who are interested in joining the military.