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Preparing for Post-Graduation

Students can take advantage of college and career resources while in high school to prepare for post-graduation success.

Preparing for Post-Graduation

Preparing for college

Taking college-level classes in high school and exploring financial assistance options can set students up for success in college.

Advanced classes and exams

When considering admission, colleges look for students who took advanced courses and any associated exams in high school. By taking these classes, students may be able to earn college credit in high school, which helps them skip introductory courses in college, save money, free up time in their schedule, and even graduate early. Ask your high school if they offer any of the following programs:

Advanced Placement (AP):The AP program offers college-level courses and exams to high school students across the country (including many Detroit high schools).

International Baccalaureate (IB): IB programs teach students to think critically and develop academic, social, and emotional skills that are required to succeed in a global world.

Dual Enrollment: Many high schools offer courses in partnership with colleges and universities that allow students to earn free college credit while still in high school.

Detroit Promise

The Detroit Promise offers scholarship funding exclusively for Detroit high school graduates to attend over 30 Michigan two-year colleges and four-year universities. Detroit Promise is now also partnering with select community colleges to offer shorter-term skilled certification tracks that prepare students for skilled employment. Click here to learn more.

Exploring career paths

There are many opportunities for high school students to build important skills that prepare them to succeed in high-demand jobs. These classes and job programs encourage students to explore fields of study and career paths they may want to pursue after graduation.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Many high schools offer classes that allow students to gain industry and workplace knowledge, skills, and behaviors that prepare them for high-demand jobs. Some classes even allow students to earn industry certifications or college credits on their way to gaining skilled employment.

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT)

GDYT is a citywide summer jobs program for Detroit young adults between the ages of 14 and 24. Youth receive up to 120 hours of training and employment in jobs such as community cleanups, event planning, accounting, retail, Junior Police, and Fire Cadets. Youth participants must be permanent residents of the City of Detroit and be eligible to work in the United States. Click here to learn more.

PACE Detroit Center

Open to all students and adults, the Postsecondary Academic and Career Endeavors (PACE) Detroit Center offers workshops and 1-on-1 counseling for college enrollment and applications, financial aid, trade and vocational school, and adult continuing education. Text EZDetroit to 484848 to learn more.

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