Postsecondary Pathways

Associates/2-Year Degree

A 2-year degree, or Associates Degree, requires the completion of at least 60 credit hours, most commonly at a community college.

Bachelor's/4-Year Degree

A 4-year degree, or Bachelor’s Degree, requires the completion of 120 credit hours at a college or university.


An apprenticeship is a paid, on-the-job training program; participants work 2-5 years to obtain a  journeyman’s license in a specific trade.

Career Education

A career education program is a short training program that teaches skills necessary to obtain a specialized certification or license.


The military is the armed force of the U.S. meant to defend the nation through the following branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and National Guard.

Direct Employment

Direct employment is the pursuit of jobs in high-wage high-demand industries immediately after earning a high school diploma or G.E.D.