Post Secondary Options

Taking a Year Off

Information on Trades

Useful Career Websites

 

 

 
Many students choose other options besides entering college the September following high school graduation and find it a valuable and rewarding experience. While this option may be considered and researched throughout senior year of high school, it is strongly recommended that you do not use this strategy in isolation. Taking time off requires careful consideration and discussion with family members. It is strongly recommended that students considering a “year off” still pursue the college exploration and application process during senior year. This ensures that you will have options in March, April and May available if you have a change of heart. Additionally, many colleges will allow students to defer their acceptance until the following September, enabling the student to take time to pursue other interests and experiences for a year, returning to college the next September. 
Consider a year off if: 
• You have an opportunity to travel or work in a new environment 
• You have a special interest or passion you wish to pursue outside of college 
• You want to strengthen your academic profile 
• You need a break from school and need to do something different 
 
There are endless possibilities and resources available to those considering a year off experience. If a student wishes to travel there are dozens of exchange programs. For a community service experience contact City Year, AmeriCorps, or SCA (Student Conservation Association.) Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School offer high quality programs to build self-esteem, self-reliance and leadership skills. Visions International offers opportunities in cross-cultural living and outdoor exploration, while programs like ITHAKA Cultural Study Programs in Greece allow a student to live with a Greek family, learn the language, study the history and work on an active archeological project. Time Out Associates in Milton is another resource worth consulting for some targeted information on programs and year-off opportunities. 
A student looking to strengthen their academic profile might consider a post-graduate year experience at one of the many fine independent schools in our nation such as Andover, Choate, Exeter or Taft. Others might consider attending the American School in Switzerland or Paris. A student can spend a year in a British boarding school by contacting the British American Education Foundation or spend a semester in Scotland attending the University of St. Andrews. 
The following listing provides some information for some of the interim year programs that exist. 
A.F.S. Intercultural Programs: For over 50 years, AFS has offered high school students and recent graduates a choice of full-year, semester or summer programs abroad. 1-800-AFS-INFO, afsinfo@afs.org 
Americorps: (800) 942-8993 web www.americorps.org is a federally operated program combining a service project, with a stipend which may be used later for college. 
Apprenticeship Programs: The website lists apprenticeship program sponsors recognized and registered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training or a State Registration Agency www.bat.doleta.gov 202-693-3900, US Dept. of Labor, Prances Perkings Building, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210 
City Year: (888) 424-8993 www.cityyear.org recruits 17 to 24 year olds for inner city services as tutoring, after school programs. 
The Dynamy Internship Year: For over 30 years this one-year program has utilized an experiential education model of learning to engage recent high school graduates and college age students (ages 17 to 22) in connecting to the world around them. 508-755-2571, 
27 Sever Street, Worcester, MA 01609 www.dynamy.org 
Earthwatch Institute: Promotes conservation of our natural resources. Puts people in the field where they assist scientists in their fieldwork. 1-800-776-0188, 3 Clock Tower Place, Suite 100, Box 75, Maynard, MA 01754, (www.earthwatch.org) 
Global Quest: This a non-profit experiential study abroad program for students seeking travel experiences between high school and college. For details call (207) 879-1722. The website is: www.gquest.org 
Habitat for Humanity: (781) 598-0310, North Shore Office, Lynn, MA 01904 (www.habitat.org) 
National Outdoor Leadership School: (307) 332-5300 www.nols.edu organizes expeditions of up to three months (tuition fees apply)  to various parts of the world. In some instances, college credit is awarded. 
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Put out by the US Department of Labor, this website lists career information which includes; nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training, job outlook, earnings, related occupations and sources of additional information. www.stats.bls.gov/ooh/
Outward Bound: 888-88BOUND, www.outwardbound.org Programs that develop character and challenges participants to perform tasks that are beyond perceived physical, mental and emotional limits enhancing one’s beliefs in one’s own capabilities. Adventure involves them in exciting experiences with uncertain outcomes and promotes the spirit of discovery and responsible risk taking. Develops many character traits and values 
Peace Corp: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. www.peacecorps.gov 
People to People: www.ptpi.org 
The Samaritans: A Telephone Befriending Service in search of nonjudgmental listening and support people has a year long volunteer program which a student desiring an interim high school college experience may consider. 
Boston, MA (617) 536-2460 Framingham (508) 872-1780 
School for International Training: (SIT) Study Abroad’s worldwide, semester long programs help you build real-world skills and internationalize your academic experience through field-based learning. (800) 272-7881, Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676, Brattleboro, VT 05302, studyabroad@sit.edu 
Travel Abroad: This site contains instructions on how to evaluate experiences before you “buy in” and also helps you by listing subject areas with internships www.studyabroad.com 
VISTA Volunteer in Service to America: A one year commitment in a community to help restructure that community - offices in 50 states Malcolm Coles, 10 Causeway Street, Room 473, Boston, MA 02222-1038 (617) 565-7001  http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp
 
 
Where to get certificates, licenses and training locally
Automotive Technology:
• Mass Bay Community College-Wellesley (781) 239-3000 www.mbcc.mass.edu
• Quinsigamond Community College-Worcester (508) 854-4262 www.qcc.mass.edu
Computer Programming/Computer Systems Analysis
• Wentworth Institute of Technology-Boston (617) 442-9010 www.wit.edu
Construction Trades:
• Bay State School of Technology-Canton (508) 854-4262 www.qcc.mass.edu
• North Bennet Street School-Boston (617) 227-0155 www.nbss.org
• Porter and Chester Institute-Chicopee (413) 593-3339
• RETS Technical Center – Boston (617) 783-1197 www.retstech.com
Cosmetic Services:
• Catherine Hines Institute of Esthetic-Woburn (781) 935-3344 www.catherinehinds.com
• Elizabeth Grady-Medford (800) 322-4257 www.elizabethgrady.com
• LIBS-Malden (781) 324-3400 www.libs.com
• New England Hair Academy-Malden (781) 324-6799
• North Shore Community College-Danvers (978) 762-4000 www.nscc.mass.edu
Culinary Arts and Related Services:
• Bunker Hill Community College-Boston (617) 228-2000 www.bhcc.mass.edu
• Newbury College-Brookline (617) 730-7000 www.newbury.edu
• North Shore Community College - Danvers (978) 762-4000 www.nscc.mass.edu
• The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (617) 730-7000 (www.newbury.edu)
Drafting/CAD-CAM:
• B. Franklin Institute of Technology
• Mass Bay Community College-Wellesley (781) 239-3000 www.mbcc.mass.edu
• North Shore Community College – Danvers (978) 762-4000 www.nscc.mass.edu
• Northern Essex Community College-Haverhill (978) 556-3000 www.necc.mass.edu
Electrician/Electrical repair:
• B. Franklin Institute of Technology-Boston (617) 423-4630 www.bfit.edu
• Bay State School of Technology-Canton (508) 854-4262 www.qcc.mass.edu
• North Bennet Street School-Boston (617) 227-0155 www.nbis.org
• Quinsigamond Community College-Worcester (508) 854-4262 www.qcc.mass.edu
• RETS Technical Center-Boston (617) 783-1197 www.retstech.com
Graphic/printing equipment operations:
• North Bennet Street School-Boston (617) 227-0155 www.nbss.org
• Northern Essex Community College-Haverhill, (978) 556-3000 www.necc.mass.edu
Heating, Air conditioning and Refrigeration
• Bay State School of Technology-Canton (508) 854-4262 www.qcc.mass.edu
• North Bennet Street School-Boston (617) 227-0155 www.nbss.org
• RETS Technical Center-Boston (617) 783-1197 www.retstech.com
Plumbing and Pipefitting
• Bay State School of Technology-Canton (508) 854-4262 www.qcc.mass.edu
• North Bennet Street School-Boston (617) 227-0155 www.nbss.org
RETS Technical Center-Boston (617) 783-1197 www.retstech.com
 
 
Bridge To Future http://cx.bridges.com 
Career Zone (short career videos) www.nycareerzone.org/cz/search.jsp
Occupational Outlook Handbook  www.stats.bls.gov/ooh/