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See below for a vetted list of recommended alternate or progressive post-secondary education pathways available across the United States. Be sure to scroll down to see more detailed information for the twenty options listed below, including cost and how to apply. 

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Category

Institution

Opportunity

Link

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Apprenticeship

US Dept. of Labor

Apprenticeship, Various Industries

https://www.apprenticeship.gov/become-apprentice

2

Gap-Year Program

AmeriCorps VISTA

VISTA Corps Member

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista

3

Gap-Year Program

AmeriCorps NCCC

Corps Member

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-nccc

4

Work

Starbucks

Barista

https://www.starbucks.com/careers/

5

Work

Lowe’s

Cashier

https://jobs.lowes.com/

6

Work

Chipotle

Restaurant Team Member

http://careers.chipotle.com/






The Opportunity

Apprenticeship

US Dept. of Labor: Apprenticeship.gov

Various Trades/ Industries

Varies

You are paid hourly

https://www.apprenticeship.gov/become-apprentice


About This Opportunity

Apprenticeship is a career pathway where individuals can earn and learn at the same time. Apprentices learn under the tutelage of a master of the professional discipline, typically over the course of 2-3 years, while earning a competitive wage for their given industry. 


This Apprenticeship source helps you:

·Learn job skills in a wide range of industries, such as health care, construction, information technology, and geospatial careers

·Earn a competitive wage from day one

·Gain knowledge with structured learning and on-the-job training

·Enhance your resume with industry-recognized credentials

·Get academic credit towards a college degree for the skills you learn during your apprenticeship

·Meet people who can help you advance your career today and in the future


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·Apprenticeships are structured training programs that give you a chance to work (literally) towards a qualification. They help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen industry.

·Getting into employment earlier means there’s lots of potential for you to progress in your career quickly. You can also begin to earn a good salary much earlier on in your life.

·Apprenticeships give you fantastic experience in the working world and show employers that you can ‘hit the ground running’. Hands-on training gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment.

·You earn while you learn. No student loans, no tuition fees, and, hopefully, no debt. You’ll be paid a salary by your employer and the government tends to cover training costs for most young people.

·Choice. There is a plethora of different types of apprenticeships. So whether you’re seeking a career in business, sports, marketing or construction, there’s something for everyone.

·Apprenticeships offer a varied learning experience. You won’t have to spend all of your days studying; most of the time you’ll be working in your desired trade.


How To Apply

1. Launch the Apprenticeship Finder: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/apprenticeship-finderto find an apprenticeship of interest in a location you choose.

2. After you have identified an opportunity of interest to you, you can click on it to see the full job description. If you want to apply for the apprenticeship, hit the “apply” button on the upper right-hand corner of the listing. This button will take you to the job listing source page where you can complete the application process.


Cost: $0 in money, but big investment of time and talent

For More Information

HTML: Read Frequently Asked Questions here:https://www.apprenticeship.gov/faqs

Call:877-872-5627



The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

AmeriCorps VISTA

Corps Member

1700 hrs.- one year

You are paid a stipend

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista


About this Opportunity

AmeriCorps VISTA members help nonprofit organizations and public agencies that are committed to ending poverty in needy communities. VISTA members assist their partner sites to more effectively raise money, recruit volunteers and build partnerships that help the partners achieve their missions. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for one-year terms.


Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served with the mission to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty. You may use your problem-solving skills to help end veteran homelessness or enable low-income youth to discover a career in science and technology through robotics or use your leadership skills to guide nonprofits on how to utilize social media to further their missions. VISTA serves in each of the 50 U.S. States and in all U.S. Territories. VISTA members go where they are needed and make a difference through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·VISTA members help their communities. VISTAs specifically help nonprofit organizations or agencies improve how they implement their programs so that they can provide improved service even after their one-year term of service ends. 

·You will build transferable occupational habits as a member of a organization or agency community, with expectations to be responsible and manage your time and tasks professionally. 

·Members also build essential personal skills around communication and collaboration in working with schools, organizations, companies and volunteers to help advance their partner sites’ missions.

·AmeriCorps is a strong network. Once you complete your service term, you will be joining a community of over 1 million AmeriCorps alums! This network includes professionals within a variety of career sectors from medicine and politics to entertainment and education.

·You will be recognized as a civic-minded individual, which is a positive trait. The brand of AmeriCorps is known nation-wide and participation indicates to colleges and employers that you have a strong commitment to service.


How To Apply

1.Choose a partner site you would like to help:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/join-americorps-vista(click the “search VISTA listings”).

2.Once you’ve found the AmeriCorps VISTA opportunity right for you, submit an application to the appropriate listing.

3.If you are selected for an opportunity, you'll be contacted for an interview. 

4.If chosen for an opportunity, you will attend training and then begin your year of service.


Submit your application here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/join-americorps-vista.


Your Pay: ~$13,000

AmeriCorps VISTA members make a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Fellows receive a living allowance based on location (about $13,000) and a $6,095 education award from AmeriCorps their term of service to use for continuing education. Alternatively, members can choose an $1800 cash stipend instead of the education award. Fellows are also eligible for health insurance and child-care assistance.


For More Information

Email:[email protected]

Phone:800-942-2677


The Opportunity

Gap-Year Program

AmeriCorps NCCC

Corps Member

1700 hrs.- one year

You are paid a stipend

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-nccc


About this Opportunity

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time, residential, team-based program for young adults, ages 18-24. Members develop leadership skills and strengthen communities by completing service projects and gaining life experience. Teams, comprised of 8-10 members each, complete multiple projects that address essential community needs throughout the United States. During the 10-month service term, members receive lodging, transportation, uniform and meals. Upon the completion of the program, members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6095.


Projects address one or more of the identified issue areas:

·Natural and Other Disasters

·Infrastructure Improvement

·Environmental Stewardship and Conservation

·Energy Conservation

·Urban and Rural Development


Project sponsors include national, community and faith-based nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, federal agencies, parks and schools. Examples of past NCCC team projects include:

·Filling and placing sandbags in local communities to mitigate the impact of natural disasters like flooding

·Educating citizens on sustainability and energy conservation practices

·Constructing or repairing hiking trails in local and national parks

·Removing exotic vegetation and planting new trees

·Assisting veterans, homeless and senior citizen populations

·Constructing and rehabilitating low-income housing


Why We Recommend This Opportunity

·NCCC members help their communities. Members specifically help partners like the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the U.S. Forest Service thrive in their national contributions to the American citizenry. 

·You will build transferable occupational habits as a member of a organization or agency community, with expectations to be responsible and manage your time and tasks professionally. 

·Members also build essential personal skills around communication and collaboration in working with schools, organizations, companies and volunteers to help advance their partner sites’ missions.

·AmeriCorps is a strong network. Once you complete your service term, you will be joining a community of over 1 million AmeriCorps alums! This network includes professionals within a variety of career sectors from medicine and politics to entertainment and education.

·You will be recognized as a civic-minded individual, which is a positive trait. The brand of AmeriCorps is known nation-wide and participation indicates to colleges and employers that you have a strong commitment to service.


How To Apply


Fall 2019

Winter 2020

AmeriCorps Member

Apply by July 1 | Start in October

Applications open on May 1

Active Regions

Pacific and Southwest Regions

North Central Region

Submit your application here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=85478&fromSearch=true.


Your Pay: ~$13,000

AmeriCorps NCCC members make a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Fellows receive a living allowance based on location (about $13,000) and a $6,095 education award from AmeriCorps their term of service to use for continuing education. Alternatively, members can choose an $1800 cash stipend instead of the education award. Fellows are also eligible for health insurance and child-care assistance.


For More Information

Webform:https://questions.nationalservice.gov

Phone:800-942-2677


The Opportunity

Employment

(+ free college tuition!)

Starbucks – Barista

https://www.starbucks.com/careers/


About this Opportunity

Starbucks Corporation is a roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee, operating in over 75 countries. In addition to its Starbucks Coffee brand, the Company sells goods and services under various brands, including Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange and Ethos.


Starbucks’ primary entry-level job opportunity is as a barista. Starbucks baristas perform several job duties and provide customer service. Baristas at Starbucks take orders and make coffee, tea, and other drinks to customer specifications. Starbucks baristas may also operate cash registers and credit card machines. Baristas may field customer complaints or questions, as well. 


Starbucks invests in its employees’ education. Through their College Achievement Plan, every employee working part- or full-time receives 100% tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program. After scholarships and financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), any out-of-pocket tuition costs you have paid are reimbursed directly into your paycheck at the end of each semester.


Pay: Entry-level roles average $12 an hour and store department managers average $51,000 a year 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity:

Health Care

Starbucks offers employees various plans for medical, dental and vision plans, as well as Health Care and Dependent Care reimbursement accounts, life insurance, disability and accident coverage.

Health and Wellness Incentives

Caring Unites Partners (CUP) Fund helps Starbucks employees in financial crisis resulting from illness, death in the family, natural disasters or other extreme circumstances.

Discounts and other Benefits

Free pound of coffee or box of tea every week; 30% discount on purchases of beverages, merchandise and food; Discounts at designated local and national retailers and auto, home and pet insurance services; full-service Spotify premium membership.

Buy a Part of Starbucks

Employees can enroll in the stock purchase plan, which allows staff to purchase Starbucks stock at a discount. Starbucks also provides baristas $500 in stock grants ($2000 for store managers).

Culture of Diversity and Service

Employee Networks are made up of employees who voluntarily join together around a particular aspect of diversity, including Armed Forces, race/ethnicity, LGBT+ and women. Starbucks has achieved 100% pay equity for women and men and people of all races performing similar work in the United States. Starbucks matches partners’ donation of money or time to eligible nonprofits (up to $1,500 per fiscal year); 

Seals of Approval

Named a “World’s Most Ethical Company” by the Ethisphere Institute.

Name one of “World's Most Admired Companies” by Fortune Magazine


How To Apply

Online:https://www.starbucks.com/careers/


For More Information

Phone: 800-782-7282


The Opportunity

Employment

(+ pathway to skilled trades!)

Lowe’s – Cashier

https://jobs.lowes.com/


About this Opportunity

Lowe’s is an American retail company specializing in home improvement. The company operates a chain of more than 2,000 retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and employs over 300,000 people in North America. Lowe’s is committed to offer quality products at the lowest prices with exceptional customer service. Lowe’s is an active participant in the communities served and the company offers employees an engaging workplace, competitive benefits and rewarding career.


Cashiers with Lowe’s primarily perform monetary transactions. In addition to conducting sales transactions, Lowe’s cashiers must also perform other customer service duties, such as handling refunds, making returns, and filing orders for specialty products. Depending on the store location and available staff, Lowe’s cashiers may need to perform other jobs, such as sales, stocking, and cleaning responsibilities.


Track to the Trades is Lowe’s scholarship program that aims to provide an innovative career path and financial support for employees to pursue a skilled trades career. For successful employee-applicants, Lowe’s funds up to $2,500 toward tuition in a pre-apprenticeship certification program offered through an approved education provider. In many instances, this will pay the full cost of the curriculum. The program also offers academic coaching and support and placement opportunities for full-time apprenticeships in Lowe’s approved contractor network.


Pay: Entry-level roles average $11 an hour and store department managers average $56,000 a year 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity:

Tuition Assistance 

Lowe’s offers discounts on online university programs (Kaplan, Strayer & Capella Universities). Tuition reimbursement of up to $2,500 for full-time employees available for on-campus and/or on-line tuition towards an Associate or Bachelor degree from an accredited school.

Health Care

Lowe’s offers employees various plans for medical, dental and vision plans, as well as life insurance and disability coverage.

Discounts and other Benefits

Lowe’s 10% merchandise discount, free and/or discounted tax preparation services, 20% discount on phone plan with Verizon or AT&T.

Buy a Part of Lowe’s

Employees can contribute a percentage of their pay through payroll deductions. Those contributions are used at the end of the month to purchase shares of Lowe’s stock at a discounted price.

Culture of Diversity

Lowe’s sponsors female and minority mentoring programs and the Lowe’s Women in Leadership workshop series. Lowe’s also recruits diverse candidates from National Black MBA Association Conference, Woman of Color STEM Conference (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Conference and Service Academy Career Conference.

Seals of Approval

-Best Diversity Company of the Year, 2014 by Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology

-Champions Honoree by the National Inclusion Project

-Employer of the Year, 2013 by US Business Leadership Network 


How To Apply

Online:https://jobs.lowes.com/


For More Information

Phone: 800-445-6937


The Opportunity

Employment

(+ low-cost college tuition!)

Chipotle – Restaurant Team Member

http://careers.chipotle.com/


About this Opportunity

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. is an American chain of fast casual restaurants specializing in tacos and Mission-style burritos. The company seeks to make choices – about where ingredients come from, what is served and their company values – that positively affect the bigger picture: the health of the planet. Nutrient-rich soil reduces the need for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers; buying locally reduces vehicle emissions from transportation; humane animal treatment means diminished reliance on antibiotics. Chipotle is committed to operate professionally and ethically.


Chipotle is committed to creating an environment that is challenging, fun and fulfilling. They seek to create a culture where opportunities for growth are everywhere and hard work is acknowledged and rewarded with competitive compensation, bonus opportunities and great benefits. Chipotle promotes from within and creates a supportive environment where employees are given the tools to succeed. It is a well-rounded job for individuals looking for not just a place to work, but a rewarding career.


Chipotle’s restaurant employees are called Crew members. Crew members prepare and serve orders by consistently following proper recipes and procedures and adhering to Chipotle’s standards regarding food preparation, sanitation, teamwork and customer service. Crew members’ responsibilities require them to be on their feet working while clocked in. At Chipotle, there aren’t multiple job titles for entry-level employees; all Crew members can play the role of dishwasher, cashier, server, host, bartender, cook, prep cook, etc., so be prepared to learn a lot and work hard if you join the team.


Pay: Crew members average $12 an hour 


Why We Recommend This Opportunity:

Tuition Assistance

Full- and part-time employees can access educational assistance through Guild Education.Staff can receive up to $5,250 from Chipotle in tuition assistance and up to $5,185 in federal grants through the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Employees can also earn up to 37 college credits for on-the-job training.

Health and Wellness

Hourly and salaried employees can access health, dental and vision benefits for themselves and their children, as well as a wellness plan to support overall health and well-being – at work and beyond.

Bonus

All full-time employees and hourly managers who have been with the company for a year or more are eligible for a bonus each December.

Discounts and Other Benefits

Discounts and savings from national and local merchants and service providers through employee discount program. Every employee gets a free shift meal and 50% off on food and soft drinks purchased at their home store when not working. 

Buy a part of Chipotle

Employees can contribute a percentage of their pay through payroll deductions. Those contributions are used at the end of the month to purchase shares of Chipotle stock at a discounted price.

Seals of Approval

-Named to 2018Best Employers for Diversity List by Forbes Magazine

-Earned an “A” grade on the Chain Reaction Scorecard for ethical animal husbandry, a ranking of the country’s largest fast food and fast casual restaurant companies.


How To Apply

Online:http://careers.chipotle.com/


For More Information

Phone: 303-595-4000