Do we do enough to teach our kids about certificate programs? I suspect a lot of see the option as four-year college or nothing, and they choose nothing. But there are TONS of certificate programs out there, a whole bunch within a 90-minute drive from us on the Palouse.... Let's make sure our students explore those possibilities.

Why millennials are forgoing college for blue-collar jobs | New York Post
Explore the possibilities of apprenticeships!

This video explains why you should consider trade schoolinstead of college.

Four-year college isn't only path to career readiness
There are many kids who will find tremendous fulfillment and success in a four year college and there are some would be better served in other post-secondary programs. We owe it to our kids to help them explore all the options.

North Idaho College - Aviation Maintenance Certificate Program
Founded in 1933, North Idaho College is a comprehensive community college located on the beautiful ...

One of our regular Thanksgiving guests is a recent MHS graduate, who was pretty sure when he left high school that he was not interested in a conventional degree. After a year of odd jobs which were not satisfying, he found the Aviation Maintenance Certificate program at NIC. He is really happy. In three semesters he'll have fulfilled requirements for a certificate in field that is in-demand everywhere. And he'll do it without mid-terms or lecture classes, the things he knew he wanted to avoid after high school. Before sitting down to eat our turkey, we went around the table and said what we were thankful for. This guest said "my program." If you know a student who is set on avoiding a traditional college path, you should check out this program and others like it at NIC, LCSC and Community Colleges of Spokane!



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Thinking about a gap year? Here are some pros and cons.

Malia Obama’s ‘Gap Year’ Is Part of a Growing (and Expensive) Trend | NYTimes
A growing number of colleges and universities, including all eight institutions in the Ivy League system, have been signing on to the idea as a constructive choice for incoming freshmen. Harvard University, where Malia plans to start in the fall of 2017, has for decades been urging members of its incoming class to consider it.