Alternatives to College

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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

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.

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 auto body, auto mechanics, construction, welding, nursing, etc. Sterling High School juniors and seniors can attend Hutchinson Community College and receive high school and college credit for their classes.  It is also completely free for the students.

Students also can attend vo-tech schools following high school.  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.


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 PSA 2014- In 60 Seconds


Throughout the school year, representatives from each branch of the United States Military visit Sterling High School to meet with interested students. Please go to this link which will take you directly to the main military site:  Uniformed Services