Alternatives to College

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Apprenticeships

Become skilled in a trade and get paid to do it. "Earn while you learn!"

1. Allows you to learn a job, craft or trade skills without out-of-pocket tuition costs
2. Pays a salary while you work and receive on-the-job training
3. Leads to a certificate from the State of California and a career upon completion of the program

To be successful, the individual must have perseverance, ambition, and initiative. Like a college education, successful completion of an apprenticeship term does not come easily, but is the result of hard work on the part of the apprenticeship.

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Adult School

Clovis Adult Education (CAE) offers a public education program, with low-cost classes, for adults 18 and older. CAE is a Valley leader in affordable vocational training. CAE offers Certificate Programs and individual classes in both the Business and Health Careers fields. 

1. Medical Assistant Front Office
2. Administrative Support
3. Nurse Assistant
4. Home Health Aide
5. Vocational Nurse
6. Clinical Medical Assistant
7. IV Therapy

High School Diploma, ESL, and Community Education classes also offered. To learn more, visit clovisadultschool.com.

 

Vocational/Technical Schools

Generally known as career and technical education (CTE), these programs prepare individuals for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or high professional practitioner position in careers such as engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, law, etc. Some of the popular sites for Clovis High graduates include: Clovis Community College, Fresno City, Madera Center, ITT Tech, San Joaquin Valley College, DeVry, and Milan Institute. 

Career and vocational programs vary in cost, available financial aid, accreditation, transferable credits, and career placement success rates. Research your options before enrolling in any school.

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Complete list of vocational and technical schools in Fresno/Clovis area>>

 

AmeriCorps

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place: help children learn, protect the environment, or bring needed services to a low-income community. In addition, as an AmeriCorps member, you'll be eligible for a variety of benefits including a small living allowance, education awards, professional development, and more. Once you complete your term of service, you will receive an Educational Award to help pay for college.

For more information, visit americorps.gov.

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Military

Throughout the school year, representatives from each branch of the United States Military visit Clovis High to meet with interested students. Interested students can sign-up in the Counseling Center. Today's Military is a great website to learn more about a career in the military. 

Recruiter Contact Info by Branch>> 

The ASVAB will be administered on October 6, 2015. Make sure to sign-up in the Counseling Center.