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College Exploration

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How do you learn best?

                                       Learning styles

Click below to take a short quiz and see how you learn. There are thousands of colleges! You can choose which one to attend based on what works for you. Hands on, lecture, group projects, online, & more.

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what are your Post secondary options?

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High school Programs that prep you for college & a career

Before we even talk about college, let me tell you some of the options you have in high school that can prepare you for a career or for college!  Twin Rivers School District has several high schools that have CTE programs.  CTE stands for Career Technical Education.  These programs focus on a special area of study such as the arts or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).  CTE programs provides career, college, and workforce preparation for high school students.  Six high schools currently offer CTE and all have a different focus.  You can find out more about what each school offers by clicking here

You can also visit the Career Exploration tab under counseling to view videos on pathways offered by feeder high schools Grant and Rio Linda.


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different options to get to a career

How do you get to a career? 

1).  Many Careers require a Bachelor's degree which requires a student to attend a college or university and earn a Bachelor's Degree (a degree that takes 4 years)

2).  Some careers only require an Associate's degree which requires a student to attend a community college and earn an Associate's Degree (a degree that takes 2 years)

3).  Some careers do not require any college but require training that can acquired through

  • Attending a Trade School or Community College and earn a certificate in a special area (Could take 3 months to 24 months, programs vary)

  • Join a labor union program

  • Apply for an internship program

4).  Joining the military will give you specific training and experience.  Students who join the military often make a career out of it or use the four year commitment to gain skills, experience, and use the military benefits after they are out to go to college, often times for free

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community colleges

(2 yr colleges to earn an Associate's Degree or a Certificate in a Trade)

  • Free in California!

  • Live at home or on your own (usually no dorms BUT California has a few that do have dorms)

  • Very low cost

  • Easy addmissions 

Sierra_Community_College Card IconSierra Community College

Where: Rocklin, California

What: 2 year Community College

Degrees: AA, AS, career certificates

One of 11 community colleges that offer dorms!

Los_Rios_Community_Colleges Card IconLos Rios Community Colleges

Where:  There are 4 campuses in Sacramento County

What:  2 year Community College

Degrees:  AA, AS, career certificates

Sacramento City College, American River College, Consumnes River are all located in Sacramento, and Folsom Lake College in Folsom

College_of_the_Siskiyous Card IconCollege of the Siskiyous

Where:  Weed, CA

What: 2 year Community College

Degrees:  AA, AS, career certificates

Offers college dorm living

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california state university (csU)

(4 yr college to earn a Bachelor's degree-some offer Master's and beyond)
  • Public College
  • Costs more than Community College but is more affordable than a University or Private College
  • Has Dorms/Meal Plan
  • Only 23 in California (Each state has their own-you can attend out of state colleges but they cost more if you do not live in that state)
  • Competative Addmissions with GPA requirement

California_State_University-Sacramento Card IconCalifornia State University-Sacramento

Where: Sacramento, California

What: 4 year college

Degrees: Bachelor, Master's

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Where: Vallejo, California

What: 4 year college and Military Service

Degrees: Bachelor

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university of California (UC)

(4 years college to earn a Bachelor's degree-some offer Master's and beyond)
  • Foused more on research fields
  • Most expensive public college/university
  • Has dorm/Meal plan
  • Only 10 in California (Each state has their own-you can attend out of state univerities but they cost more if you do not live in that state)
  • Very competitive addmission, requires higher GPA
  • Requires 4 years of HS math and a lab science in HS 

University_of_California-Davis Card IconUniversity of California-Davis

Where: Davis, California

What: 4 year College

Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Doctoral

University_of_California-San_Francisco Card IconUniversity of California-San Francisco

Where: San Francisco, California

What: 4 year college

Degrees: Bachelor, Masters, Doctoral

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out of state colleges

  • Not located in California but in the other 49 states
  • Most states charge much more for "out of state tuition" which means you pay more if you don't live in that state
  • WUE colleges (Western Undergraduate Exchange) is a group of states that agreed to provide state tuition cost to students that live in certain states-California is apart of this system

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Boise State university

Where: Boise, Idaho

What: 4 year college

Degrees: Bachelor, Masters, PhD


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University of Oregon

Where: Eugene, Oregon

What: 4 year college

Degrees: Bachelor, Masters, PhD

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Thinking of playing sports in college?

Click through the info to the below to learn about NCAA requirements for high school athletes and start planning!

NCAA Guidlines






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know before you go

Before heading off to highschool, read up and know what you need to do in order to be NCAA eligible. It is your responsibility to follow the timeline and learn the rules.

Click to learn more about how to choose a college as a student athlete.
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not every job requires college

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the trades


According to "A trade job can be a great option if you enjoy challenging, hands-on work. Jobs in this field require vocational schooling or training and often pay well for the specialized skill set they require. Learning about the wide variety of high-paying trade careers available can help you choose a career that best suits your interests".  Learning a trade is different than going to college but it can be just as hard.  However, if you took the learning style survey at the top of the page and you learn best by doing things, this may be the right fit for you.   

Trades are an amazing way to make good money and turn a job in to a career!  Look at the tabs below to explore just a few popular trades to see if any interest you! 





Sheet Metal

Highway Maintenance


HVAC (Heating/Cooling)


Auto Mechanic

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Auto Mechanic

"With nearly 600,000 active and retired members, the IAM is one of the largest and most diverse labor unions in North America. From Boeing and Lockheed Martin to United Airlines and Harley-Davidson, you will find IAM members across all walks of life. TWI works with IAM, local 1414 and the City and County of San Francisco to recruit for IAM’s pre-apprenticeship program which serves as a pipeline for MUNI auto mechanics".


"General carpenters provide the crucial foundation for concrete, exteriors, roofs, infrastructure, and scaffolding while also crafting fine trim and finish work. These professionals work with a variety of materials in every kind of structure; they are responsible for bringing blueprints to life. UBC carpenters are skilled in laying out, measuring, cutting, erecting, and joining materials together. They are highly trained to work quickly, accurately, and safely, while delivering the quality of work contractors and their customers have come to expect".


"The IBEW represents workers in the electrical industry including construction, gas and electric utilities, telecommunications, railroads and government agencies. Construction and residential electricians work in all phases of the electrical construction and service industry. Their worksites range from single-family residences to state-of-the-art industrial plants. Inside wire workers may install and maintain conduits, switches and converters, as well as wire lighting, to complex systems incorporating computerization and high technology. Electricians work in the electric sign industry and increasingly perform more work in the installation of fiber optics and voice/data/video equipment".


"Firefighters today not only suppress structure and wildland fires, but they perform a wide variety of rescue operations. These can range from vehicle extrication and water rescue to managing disasters like earthquakes, floods and acts of terrorism. Firefighters also respond to all types of medical emergencies on a daily basis. Many firefighters have Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and others have gone on to achieve paramedic certification. Besides rescue operations, firefighters can be found in related areas such as fire prevention education and hazardous materials response".


"UA is a multi-craft union that represents plumbers and pipe, sprinkler and refrigerator fitters, as well as service technicians. All of these jobs require the installation, remodeling or maintenance of systems that carry water, steam, air and other liquids or gases necessary for sanitation, industrial production, heating and air conditioning, and many other uses. Workers measure, cut and bend pipe, as well as weld, braze, caulk, solder, glue or thread joints at residential and commercial job sites".