15 Career Programs for High School Students

When applying to colleges, there are many things that a school will look for in a potential candidate. SAT scores, overall scores and GPA for all your classes throughout the years, your admissions essay, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work are just a few of those things. If you are applying to a competitive school, you will need to set yourself apart from the other applicants. One way to do this is to enlist in career programs throughout your time in high school. This will not only help to get your foot in the door in your future career but will show the college you are applying to that you are serious about studying for a career in whichever field you choose! There is a plethora of programs available to you for many different courses of study, where you can gain more knowledge and hands-on experience for the field you wish to study in. Some of these programs may even offer scholarships to deserving candidates. The best time to look to enroll in these programs is over the summer, but there may be options available to you during the school year as well! Here are 10 types of career programs that may help for various areas of study:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics): This is a very broad field with many very specific areas of study. Here are just a few of the excellent programs out there with various locations throughout the United States:

If you are unsure of a major or area of focus, there are still many other pre-college programs out there, as well as more for each career area than I have listed here. If you are interested in a specific school, a simple Google search of the school’s name plus “pre-college program” should yield results if one exists for that college or university. Here are two websites that have larger lists of career programs that aren’t narrowed down to any specific field of focus: Fast Web and College Consensus. Happy hunting and best of luck in your future endeavors!


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