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Academic College Information

College Majors 101College Majors 101 lets you search for colleges by major/career interest area. Choose your area of interest, then click on the Accredited Schools tab to see a full list of accredited colleges for your chosen major.

California Career CenterCalifornia Career Center helps with career decisions, your path to high school graduation (A-G, dealing with challenges, etc), choosing your college, apprenticeship, or other post secondary education path, and more.

U.S. News Best Colleges RankingsU.S. News  & World Report Best Colleges list  uses specific criteria to rank colleges in various categories. This site has a wealth of info on colleges and majors.

What I Wish I'd Known Before Going to College This article focuses on social and dorm life. 

Trade Union Apprenticeship Apprenticeship Programs Information Guide Notice the links to more information on the right side of the page.

Job SKills Training

Job CorpsJobCorps is a career training program for low income youth, 16 to 24 years old, offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Students spend 2 years learning skills needed to get and keep a job Different Job Corps locations offer different options, but most include Culinary, Medical Assistant or Secretary, Carpentry, Welding, Dental Assistant, various Automotive careers, Landscape Maintenance, plus many more. Students live at the center and earn a small wage. Students are not required to go to their local Job Corps and can apply to centers in other locations. Some locations have High School or GED education for students who have not yet earned a diploma.

Year UpYear Up is a one-year career training program for low income 18 to 24 year olds in the San Francisco Bay Area and other metropolitan areas. Students spend 6 months  learning technical, professional, and communication skills then another 6 months as an intern.

Gap Year

A gap year is a structured year of exploration between high school and college. To do a gap year, you still apply during your senior year to gain admission to a college or university, but then, once you are admitted, you request a deferral to begin classes the next academic year.

AmericorpsAmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more." Members earn a "modest stipend" and can earn money for college. Members commit to as little as three months or up to a year depending on the program.

California Conservation CorpsCalifornia Conservation Corps (CCC) is a program in which young adults 18 to 25 years old can spend a year working on various outdoor projects, most of which help the environment, and responding to emergencies during natural disasters (Corpsmembers often help fire crews on wildfires). Corpsmembers can live on center or at home and earn minimum wage and health benefits. Corpsmembers are trained for the jobs they do and can also finish their High School Diploma if needed.

Year Out GroupYear Out Group has advice and many ideas for gap year activities throughout the world plus info on funding your gap year and staying safe.