Post High School Planning
For help making your post-secondary plans utilize the SFHS College and Career Readiness Checklist
2-Year Technical College
Technical Colleges offer specialized training in a particular trade industry or career. Possible programs of study include the culinary arts, firefighting, dental hygiene, mechanical trades and medical-records technology. These colleges usually offer certificates or associate degrees.
2-Year Community College
Community Colleges offer two-year associate degrees that prepare you to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree. They also offer other associate degrees and certificates that focus on preparing you for a certain career. Community colleges are often an affordable option with relatively low tuition.
Public colleges are funded by local and state governments and usually offer lower tuition rates than private colleges, especially for students who are residents of the state where a college is located.
Private colleges rely mainly on tuition, fees and private sources of funding. Private donations can sometimes provide generous financial aid packages for students.
These are businesses that offer a variety of degree programs which typically prepare students for a specific career. They tend to have higher costs, which could mean graduating with more debt. Credits earned may not transfer to other colleges, so be sure to check with the admission office at each college.
4 YEAR COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS (minimum)
English – 8 Credits
Social Studies – 8 Credits
Science 9 – 2 Credits
Biology – 2 Credits
Chemistry of Physics – 2 Credits
Earth/Space Science – 1 Credit
Geometry – 2 Credits*
Algebra 2 – 2 Credits*
Probability/Statistics – 1 Credit*
World Language – 4 Credits**
Art/Music/Fine Art – 2 Credits
*University of Minnesota Twin Cities looks for 4 years of Math completed
**Two years of the SAME language (recommended, not always required)
If applying to a Military Academy speak to your counselor during Sophomore or Junior year of high school.
Air Force and Air Force Reserve
The nation's source of air and space power. The primary mission of the USAF is to fly planes, helicopters, and satellites.
Air National Guard
The Air National Guard as we know it today is a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force.
Army and Army Reserve
The dominant military land power. The Army generally moves into an area, secures it, and instills order and values before it leaves. It also guards U.S. installations and properties throughout the world.
Army National Guard
The Army National Guard is an elite group of warriors who dedicate a portion of their time to serving their nation. Each state has its own Guard, as required by the Constitution; in fact, it is the only branch of the military whose existence is actually required by the Constitution.
Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve
The Coast Guard's mission is primarily with domestic waterways. The Coast Guard does rescues, law enforcement, drug prevention, and clears waterways.
Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve
The Marine Corps is known as the United States' rapid-reaction force. They are trained to fight by sea and land, and usually are the first "boots on the ground." Marines are known as the world's fiercest warriors.
Navy and Navy Reserve
The Navy accomplishes its missions primarily by sea, but also by air and land. It secures and protects the oceans around the world to create peace and stability, making the seas safe for travel and trade.
If you plan to enter the workforce directly after high school here are some things you should consider doing during high school:
- Complete a Job Shadow experience Job Shadow Form
- Build your Resume ( utilize Naviance resume Builder)
- Volunteer work
- Keep your grades up
- Complete Career Interest and Skills inventories on Naviance
- Connect with Local business owners
- Obtain Letters of Recommendation (Maintain strong relationships with teachers / counselors)
- Take classes that related to your career interests