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Career Pathways to Success

Five Star students have lots of opportunities to explore future careers, get industry certifications and real-world experience to prepare them for life after high school. Here is a look at the programs available to students interested in getting a jumpstart on their careers - while still in High School and after.

FutureForward encompasses our Career and Technical Education across the Five Star District. Students can earn college credits and industry certifications, giving them a competitive advantage as they advance to college, start their careers or enlist in the military.

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Alternatives to College

We recognize that college is not the right fit for every student. There are many options for students to prepare for careers after high school. They can continue their career preparation through college. They can also explore technical schools and apprenticeships in high-demand and high-paying careers, consider a career in the military. 

Technical Schools & Apprenticeships

These schools are an excellent alternative to a traditional college. Many of the careers requiring trade or technical training are also excellent paying and in high demand, including electrical, plumbing, welding, masonry, and more.

Attending a technical school or learning a trade through an apprenticeship can have you earning money right away. Explore this option by visiting Emily Griffith Technical College Apprenticeship Training Division.

Join the Military

There are six branches of the US Military: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Space Force and Coast Guard. There are many benefits, besides service, to joining the military, including career training, steady income, health care and tuition assistance should you decide to go to college. Learn more or visit a local recruiter at 550 Thornton Pkwy #170, Thornton, CO 80229.

Gap Year

Maybe you're tired of the academic grind. Maybe you're not sure why you're going to college or what you'll do when you get there. Maybe you yearn to explore far-away places or to dig deeper into a career that interests you. If this sounds like you, perhaps now is the time to consider taking a gap year between high school and college. Explore different opportunities for a gap year offered by the Gap Year Association.

Get a Job

If you are interesting is seeking employment after high school, there are many online resources to help you secure gainful employment.