Ambitious Postsecondary Pathways

Upcoming Deadlines

Tech and Business

Per Scholas: (pronounced sk-OH-las) - A highly successful tech training org, is coming to Chicago! Earn a free A+ certification in 14-16 week training. Apply here!

Creating IT Futures: Earn a free A+ certification in an 8-week training program and have a 90% job placement rate. Apply here.

Relativity Fellows - Free four-month apprenticeship (moved online for now) where we have a strong partnership and lots of alumni working. Relativity is an e-discovery tech company supporting law firms. Relativity Application

Year Up - register here. Early consideration deadline - April 30, Priority - May 29, Final - July 9. Anyone interested in business and IT should apply for this year long paid program!

Skills for Chicagoland's Future - Rush Hospital, Walgreens Management, and Freedman Manufacturing : Applications are open for Fall 2020 cohort! Apply here.


North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) - Free (virtual) training, certification, and job placement in Auto, CDL, and Administrative/Office Staff. Orientation on Mondays at 10 am, call 773-584-4588, code 4573.

JARC Manufacturing Programs: Rolling admissions and start date, moved online. Free CNC Machinist, Welding, and Press Brake programs. Apply by attending a Wednesday virtual info session, and see site here for details.

Impact Culinary: Free 8 week culinary training plus 4 week internship. Still apply, but start date is postponed indefinitely. Apply here

HACIA Carpentry and Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship: Free program for those looking to get into a construction job or a construction union. Apply here

Use these resources to create opportunities for yourself beyond a high school diploma. All recommended pathways have a job placement rate of over 75% and competitive starting salaries. Research these pathways with your family and college counselor to find a best fit. Once you narrow down your search, your counselor can provide you with contact information to start the application process. Complete this survey for more support!

Organizations provide training, certification, and direct job placement in partnership with companies looking to hire.

Fields: Often Business, Health, Manufacturing, Construction, and IT

Timeline: 6 mos - 2 yrs

$$: Free or Paid

Education: Possible Associate's/ Certification

Hands-on, in-demand career fields. Avoid scams by choosing programs that partner directly with community colleges and grant-funded organizations.

Fields: Manufacturing and construction, health, beauty, and automotive

Timeline: 1 - 5 years

$$: Free to $6,000 (w/o financial aid)

Education: Associate's/ Certification

Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard. The National Guard and Reserves have the most flexibility, ROTC provides the best employment.

Fields: Varied, depends on openings within your unit

Timeline: 2 - 6 years

$$: Paid

Education: Provides college stipend

Competitive programs usually funded by the federal government. Members are often placed in high-need communities and engage in professional and leadership development.

Fields: Often nonprofits, education, social service

Timeline: 1 year

$$: Paid

Education: Provides college stipend