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Alternative Post-High School Options


Alternative Post-High School Options

Vocational, trade or specialty schools can be a great way to get the training and education needed for a variety of jobs.  In addition, students may also consider joining the military upon graduating from high school.  Below are links to information about technical and vocational schools; culinary schools; design, visual and performing arts schools; and several branches of United States military organizations.  


Technical and Vocational Schools



California Community Colleges

Search for both technical and academic programs at community colleges.

RWM Vocational Schools

Search engine for private vocational schools.

Vocational and Technical Schools Guide

Search engine.  NOTE: most of the programs listed are for-profit schools, so very expensive.  Please make sure to check graduation and post-degree employment rates before applying.

Vocational Information Center

The Vocational Information Center website is an education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools and related vocational learning resources.

Culinary Schools



Culinary Institute of America

For more than six decades, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education.

Le Cordon Bleu Schools

Schools across the world with the certification of Le Cordon Bleu. They strive to provide you with the cooking training and culinary education that is second to none. Their chef instructors are made up of a team of culinarians who are highly passionate about the industry. With all of the skills and knowledge that the staff has to offer, you will find that they will be able to offer classical teachings that lead to opportunities in the culinary field.

Peterson's Culinary School Search

Search engine.

Design, Visual and Performing Arts



Academy of Art University With state-of-the-art campuses online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University guides students to professional creative futures. Accredited degrees in 21 areas of art and design.

Art School Program Directory

Search and directory of Art Schools.

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

Search, reviews, and financial aid information. AICAD is a non-profit consortium of 43 leading art schools in the US and Canada. AICAD colleges educate more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, plus many thousands more in summer and continuing education programs. Our students are drawn from all 50 US states and more than 60 foreign countries. Over 70% of these students receive financial aid to support their education.

Fashion Institute of Design & Manufacturing (FIDM) FIDM is a specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries.

National Association of Schools of Art Design

Search official schools. NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 322 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Student Film Makers

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Theater Schools

Search and directory. 


United States Military Organizations









Air Force


Shannodoah Rodriguez; 408-247-8723

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space and cyberspace.  To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible.



Keith Faux

The U.S. Army, a key component of the U.S. Armed Forces, is made up of the best-trained, most dedicated, most respected Soldiers in the world — protecting America’s freedoms at home and abroad, securing our homeland, and defending democracy worldwide.

Coast Guard



For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, they defend our maritime borders, and they save those in peril. This history has forged their character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian Semper Paratus - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.



Sergeant RaJon S. Goolsby408-723-9004

The Marine Corps has been America's expeditionary force in readiness since 1775. They are forward deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis. They are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations.

National Guard



The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces. Militia companies were formed with the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. Over 63,000 Army Guardsmen were called to serve in Desert Storm, and in the decade since then, Guardsmen have seen a greater role than ever before conducting peacekeeping in Somalia, Haiti, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bosnia, and Kosovo.



Enlisted: 408-247-6871; Officer: 800-345-6289

The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.