Ambitious Alternate Pathways

Use these resources to create opportunities for yourself beyond a high school diploma. All of these recommended pathways have over a 75% job placement rate and competitive starting salaries. Research these pathways with your family and college counselor to see which option works best for you. Once you narrow down your search, your counselor will provide you the necessary contact information to get the process started. 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

Cost: Free or Small Stipend

Education: Possible Associate's/ Certification

Hands-on, in-demand career fields. Many scams in this field can be avoided by choosing programs that partner directly with community colleges and grant-funded organizations.

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

Timeline: 2 - 5 years

Cost: Free to $6,000

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

Cost: Small stipend

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

Cost: Small stipend

Education: Provides college stipend