Youth may choose to continue their postsecondary education and training after high school for various reasons.
For many, the ultimate goal is to achieve a fulfilling career — though education beyond high school provides many other benefits as well. Education gives young people an opportunity to experience greater independence, meet new people, explore interests, and learn about themselves and the world around them. Preparation for postsecondary education and training will help youth have a better understanding of what lies ahead.
Awareness: Understand postsecondary education and training concepts.
Exploration: Identify personal strengths, preferences, interests and needs related to postsecondary education and training.
Preparation: Practice skills, make decisions and get ready to enter into postsecondary education or training.
Implementation: Apply skills as independently as possible in postsecondary education or training settings.
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Hear what young people have to say about postsecondary education and training
Watch this 4 minute video and learn how these young people found success in postsecondary education or training, opening new doors and supporting their ultimate goals after high school.
LEARN: Develop your knowledge
Learn how to help youth explore postsecondary education and training options.
Find resources to help youth explore postsecondary education and training options.
Review this comprehensive postsecondary resource guide (PDF), developed by disability coordinators from Minnesota state colleges and universities, to help high school youth prepare for postsecondary education. Topics range from planning for college and self-advocacy to choosing and paying for college and differences between high school and college.
Choosing a college was developed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to help youth explore local and national college options. Review with youth tips for evaluating colleges, validating a school's claims and more.
Share preparing for college from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education with the youth you support. Youth will learn what classes to take in high school, how to earn college credit in high school and how to map out a college prep timeline.