While Landmark offers students a college-preparatory program, we realize college is not for everyone. Our guidance office individualizes the transition process to make sure each student is exposed to and understands their post-secondary options and chooses the best path for their learning style and goals. Students are counseled on the following options.
- There are a variety of two-year public and private schools.
- Many two-year public schools (community colleges) offer open admissions.
- Good opportunity for those who are not ready for the demands of a four-year college.
- Students earn a Associates of Arts degree.
- Can transfer to a four-year school.
- Many schools offer some support for students with language-based learning disabilities.
- Usually costs less than a four-year college.
- Some schools provide student housing, though most typically do not provide housing.
- Growing number of programs offer travel or internship experience.
- Opportunity for students who are not ready for college or need more time.
- Many students looking at Gap Year programs will also apply to college and defer admissions.
- Attend the Gap Year Fair to learn more about opportunities.
- Learn more at www.gapyearfairs.org.
Business, Trade, or Technical Programs
- Programs available at private schools, for-profit schools, and community colleges
- Offers practical training for specific skills,
- Includes training in construction, health occupations, travel and tourism, as well as many other areas
- Be sure to learn about job-placement services,
- Length of program varies depending on course of study.
College or University
- Students earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
- Four-year program but some students will take longer to complete their degree.
- Dormitories are ususally available.
- Varying degrees of support for students with language-based learning disabilities.
- Students must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Results determine enlistment options.
- Must pass physical and medical examinations.
- Must complete basic training (additional training for specific jobs will take place after basic training).
- Branches include Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
- Students entering after college enter as enlisted.
- Minimum of two-year commitment.
- Be sure to learn about military life and culture.
- Look for opportunities for future growth.
- Pay attention to salary, benefits, and health insurance.
- Can be combined with other options. (Work and attend school part time.)
- Ask employer about future opportunities for training and education.