Some College Alternatives


Seniors not planning to enter college upon graduation might want to put their idealism to work in one of the programs of Americorps.

Americorps offers a wide range of opportunities in every state in the Union plus an education award at the end of service.   This award can be used for college tuition or as payment towards a student loan.

Click on the Americorps logo below for more details.

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Blue Collar

Some high school grads may wish to pursue a career as a skilled tradesperson or technician. is a web site that helps match blue collar job seekers with employers.

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Boilermaker Apprenticeships

The Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program was established to create high quality, efficient, and skilled field construction craftsmen in the boilermaker trade.

Click on the union logo below for more details.

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City Year

A program similar to Americorps is City Year.   City Year is a ten-month committment and involves the participant in some phase of community service while providing a weekly living allowance.

Click on the City Year logo below for more details.

City Year logo


Ohio Carpenters' Joint Apprenticeship

The Ohio Carpenters' Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program offers one of the top apprenticeship programs of its kind in the nation. More than 1,500 apprentices are enrolled in our four-year programs, offered at no cost to the apprentice.

A joint committee made up of union members and signatory contractors oversee the apprenticeship program.

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Dream It Do It


HHW Ohio

HHW Ohio (formerly Hard Hatted Women) is an organization that seeks to empower women to achieve economic independence by creating workplace diversity in trade and technical careers.

Their goal is to encourage and prepare women for high paying, non-traditional employment through outreach, education, training, support, and job placement assistance.

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Hard Hattem Women


In an effort to help northeast Ohio manufacturers grow and remain competitive, MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, was formed.   One of its functions is to help businesses find employees to help fill the manufacturing skills gap.

Graduating seniors seeking employment with companies that make things might want to visit the site.

Click on the MAGNET logo below for more details.

Magnet logo



Massive Open On-line Courses ( MOOCs ) are college-level classes offered by various universities and other learning institutions, usually free of charge, to anyone wishing to log on, register, and take the course.

Some of the participating universities are Stanford, Georgia Tech, Duke, Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Toronto.

The three primary providers of MOOC content are:



Akron Area
Electrical JATC

The The Akron Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee offers high quality instruction for its students on their way to becoming journey-level electricians upon graduation from the program.

JATC students can chose between inside wireman, residential wireman, and construction wireman training programs.

Click on the JATC logo below to learn more and to submit an application.


Ohio has over 900 registered apprenticeship programs that teach high-level skills for today's work-place.

ApprenticeOhio (formerly The Ohio State Apprenticeship Council) registers and monitors apprenticeship programs in our state to ensure their quality and safety.

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Ohio State Apprenticeship Council


Thiel Fellowship

The Thiel Fellowship was started by PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel.   It is aimed at students under the age of 20.

Thiel Fellows are given a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education.   These pursuits could take the form of scientific research, creating a startup, or working on a social movement.

Click on the Thiel Foundation logo below to learn more.

Thiel Fellowship


Gap Year Programs

A "gap year" is defined as a semester or year of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or post-secondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional, and personal awareness.

The Gap Year Association assists high school grads by offering expert advice in planning a gap year, in seeking gap year consultants, and financing a gap year.

Click on the Gap Year logo below for more details.

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