We understand that not every student wants to pursue a traditional college education right after high school. It just isn’t the right option for everyone. That being said, it is still important to have a plan, and our 1:1 counselor to student model is perfect for forming one. It allows our counselors to truly get to know each student and customize a personal plan for success that will see them grow into happy, healthy, and thriving adults. At the end of the day, we couldn’t ask for anything more.
Taking a Gap Year
While many speculate that taking a gap year will make a student “rusty,” research shows that students who take a gap year perform equally as well, if not better, academically than those who don’t. So, there is no need to worry about what colleges will think of taking some time off. The Gap Year Association, which accredits numerous gap year programs, lists a wide range of options on its website including experiences that match the interests of Fusion students. Animal welfare and conservation, language studies, coding, cultural immersion, ecology, are just a few of the programs available.
Vocational schools are another great post-secondary option Fusion students can explore. The education offered at vocational schools allows adults to focus on the skills to enter a particular industry, with the option of not taking unrelated general education courses required for an associate’s degree at a community college.
If your student has a disability that can make educational advancement challenging, transition programs are a great option. These community-based programs help improve students’ success in transitioning from school to adult roles. They can be a great way to get your student prepared to join the workforce while getting involved in the community in which they live.