Post-Secondary Planning

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Life After RHS - What are Your Plans?

It is never too early to start planning your educational future after high school! Our Career & College Readiness (CCR) Program Coordinator, Julie Magnuson, and our grade-level counselors are here to help you sort through your questions about postsecondary options. Whether you are an incoming ninth-grader or getting ready to complete your final year of high school, we are eager to assist you in your planning process. We want all students to establish a postsecondary plan that you are excited about and is a best fit for your interests and aspirations!

The purpose of the career and college readiness program in Richfield Public Schools is to equip students with the knowledge, insight and skills that will lead to postsecondary success. We define postsecondary success as students being ready, upon high school graduation, for further education and/or training that will lead to fulfilling careers. As directly stated in our Strategic Plan: “We will ensure all students learn about postsecondary options to set them up for success in their futures.” In other words, our goal is to help you achieve your goals!

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Juniors & Seniors, Dunwoody is offering a FREE Summer Pathways to Careers Experience that pays a stipend, includes mentoring, and can lead directly to a career in the trades. Priority deadline is January 15, 2023 & final deadline is May 1, 2023.

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More Postsecondary Options

The Military

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Branches of the military offer training in almost 1,500 different occupations. Many of these are similar to occupations found in civilian life. If you are considering the military as an option after high school, approach this decision in the same manner as college selection. Speak to representatives in each branch of the service to gain more insight on the demands and benefits of each branch. Be sure to discuss your plans with your parents and arrange a meeting with military representatives and your parents so they may benefit from the discussion as well. Learn more about all of these options on the military website or the U.S. Department of Defense website, or meet with Ms. Magnuson in the CCR Center.


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Internships are usually short-term work experiences, but can last 40 hours or more. Internships extend a career field or pathway beyond the classroom to outside the school, and can help a job-seeker reach their career goal through building experience. Internships generally involve participants working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Interns can be paid or unpaid, and they may or may not involve academic credit. Internships are generally offered to students in grades 11 and 12, and students are supervised by a licensed work-based learning teacher. 



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Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a particular type of work-based learning for Minnesota secondary students 16 years of age and older. YA experiences:

  • Focus on career preparation and training within a specific career pathway;
  • Require a minimum of 450 hours for completion;
  • Are always paid experiences;
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential of value (“a recognized credential of academic and occupational proficiency” Minn. Stat. § 124D.47) for the student youth apprentice whenever possible. Example credentials of value can include an industry certification, articulated postsecondary credits, and hours towards (adult) Registered Apprenticeship.

Year of Service/Gap Year

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A gap year, which is time set aside for community service or experiential learning, typically takes place immediately after high school graduation. The most successful gap years tend to be planned and purposeful, with a defined and timed entry date for postsecondary education, and often involve travel with a focus on service to others. The Gap Year Association is an excellent resource for students considering this path.

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