Career and job search information                             OREGON 2020

   CAREERS                          BUILD SKILLS


                                               Disponible en Español

          There are many paths to help you reach a career
          that is right for you. Here is your guide to a variety
          of opportunities to help you gain education,
                                                                      15                EDUCATION
                                                                                        This section displays a variety of
                                                                                        education options after high school, from
                                                                                        apprenticeships to the military to college
          training, skills, knowledge, and abilities in different                       and more. Also, learn tips on paying for
          settings on the way to your careers.                                          that education.

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24              JOB SEARCH
                  Looking for a job today is very different
than looking for a job a decade or two ago. Learn the dos and
don’ts of searching for employment in today’s job market.

42               CAREER GUIDE
                   Want to know what a certain career pays?
Or where to go to get higher education in a particular career
field? Or if a particular career has a positive employment
outlook? Look at more than 200 occupations in this section.

68               RESOURCES
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that could be beneficial in your career search, read over
this section.

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These brochures will help students learn about STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
careers, with information about nine STEM fields to help
pique their interest.
 • Biological Sciences         • Engineering
 • Computer Information        • Health Care
   Systems                     • Mathematics
 • Computer Science            • Physical Sciences
 • Drafting and Surveying      • Social Sciences

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                  Career Planning – A Kernel of an Idea Can
                  Grow into a Harvest of Possibility
                  Thinking about your interests, your preferences, things          Maybe you want to have some life experiences while
                  you enjoy doing, and looking at options available to you         learning about the hundreds of career options available to
                  for learning and gaining additional education are all part       you, in which case being an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps
                  of career planning. Whether you are having a conversation        member may work well for you.
                  about different occupations, or talking about work-related
                  goals you have for yourself, you are pulling together the        You can also explore information online. One of the best
                  pieces that will help you create a career plan.                  websites in Oregon to read about careers is the Oregon
                                                                                   Career Information System at You
                  SO MANY OPTIONS!                                                 may have access to Oregon CIS at your school – just ask your
                                                                                   counselor. You can also explore Oregon CIS at libraries and
                  Learning about different careers can be a lot of fun. You        WorkSource Oregon offices all over Oregon.
                  can visit someone working in a job you are interested in
                  learning more about and ask them questions about their job,      On Oregon CIS, you can take a survey to help you
                  how they got it, what education they have and more in an         match your interests to different careers, read detailed
                  informational interview. You can also job shadow or complete     information about various careers, read testimonials from
                  an internship. Or volunteer for a variety of organizations or    people working in jobs, and learn where you can go to get
                  events to get exposed to all kinds of jobs.                      additional education after high school that you may need to
                                                                                   qualify for your future job.

                  High School         Post-Secondary,                Associate's             Bachelor's            Master's, Doctorate,
                    Diploma             Non-Degree                     Degree                 Degree               Professional Degree

                                          Food Preparation                                           Apprenticeable Careers

                                         Delicious food starts with the people                      Find out how to earn and learn at the
                                         that make it and serve it. See if these                    same time by getting into an apprenticeship.
                                         careers meet your taste by checking out                    Build interest by going to page 16.
                                         page 42.

                                           Art, Design,                                              Architecture
                                           Sports, & Media                                           & Engineering

                                         Want to know the odds of becoming a                        Check out the Career Guide to find out
                                         professional Athlete? Take a shot by                       about the jobs that design the things we’ll
                                         checking out page 10.                                      use in the future on page 42.

                      Wages    Job Openings

                  4                                                                                             OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
Keep up in Today’s World,
Never Stop Learning
Want to increase your chances of             enough to qualify for certain high-          • Coaching a youth academic or
getting and keeping a good job? How          level jobs. While it is still absolutely       sports team
about increasing the odds of advancing       necessary for many jobs, these days          • Learning communication skills by
in your career over time? As you             employers are focused on much more             tutoring students or volunteering at
plan for your career, keep in mind           than just your formal education.               a community event
that increasing your education and                                                        • Asking someone with an interesting
expanding your skills with lifelong          Employers want their employees to              hobby to teach you about it
learning will increase your chances of       have skills, to be able to do certain        • Teaching others about your hobbies
getting and keeping a job in the future.     tasks, and to learn quickly if they don’t
                                             have just the right skills for the job.     If you embrace a lifelong learning
Learning is power. And it does not                                                       attitude, and seek ways to create new
need to end when you get a diploma.          There is so much to learn from other        learning opportunities, there is a good
I’m talking about seeking new things         aspects of your life outside of formal      chance you will become inspired and
to learn and new ways to learn in all        education! For instance, you can learn      inspire those around you. Who knows?
aspects of your life. (Maybe that is why     organization and leadership skills          You may discover a new love for
they call it lifelong learning.)             in so many ways. Here are just a few        learning as it’s fueled by the passion of
                                             examples:                                   your dreams.
In years, or perhaps decades, past,           • Organizing a group to pick up
holding a degree or a certificate was            roadside trash

Benefits of an Internship
An internship is a hands-on way to learn new skills at              résumé differentiates you from other job seekers and makes
a company or organization rather than in a classroom.               you more competitive.
Internships are a great opportunity for high school students,
recent high school graduates, college students, and even            Internships are temporary. They can last from a few weeks to
adults looking to explore a career change.                          a few months, with varying work hours. But they can lead to
                                                                    long-term benefits, such as job opportunities in the company
Completing an internship can expose you to the workplace,           and increased knowledge about the industry. In addition,
letting you see what really goes on in a certain industry,          your supervisor and colleagues can be a reference for a job,
which is helpful information as you consider various careers.       college applications, or even scholarship applications.
It can help you understand whether the field or industry you
would like to work in is the right path for you. This can help      While many internships are unpaid, the benefits of
you avoid the costs of obtaining a degree in a field that is not    completing an internship are priceless.
a good fit for you or that you are not interested in.

In addition to gaining valuable work experience, an
internship helps improve your soft skills. You will advance
your self-confidence, email and phone etiquette, and your
awareness of a workplace. You also get the opportunity to get
valuable professional feedback from people who work in the
field. These skills are highly sought after by employers today.

Just like a job, you must go through an application process to
get an internship. Applying and interviewing for internships
enhances your job application and interviewing skills, which
will be helpful when you apply for a job. An internship on a

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                  Informational Interviews

                  When you meet with people for informational interviews,            3.   What things (work, activities, classes, or hobbies)
                  you can learn what they do in their jobs, how they prepared             did you do before you entered this occupation?
                  to do it, what they like and do not like about their jobs, and          • Which have been most helpful?
                  what advice they have to offer you. They may even have ideas            • What other jobs can you get with the same
                  for you after you share your goals and interests with them.               background?
                                                                                          • What attracted you to this type of work?
                  Remember that an informational interview is not a job
                  interview. Applying for a job is an entirely separate process.     4.   Has technology changed your work in any way?
                  While you can expect an informational interview to give you
                  confidence and expand your network, you cannot expect it           5.   How could I start working in your field?
                  to result in a job offer. Just relax and enjoy learning about           • What are the major qualifications for success in this
                  occupations.                                                              occupation?
                                                                                          • If you were starting again, what, if anything, would
                  When contacting people to request informational interviews,               you do differently?
                  introduce yourself and explain that you are gathering career            • What is a typical pay range for someone entering this
                  information and how you got their names. Ask for 15 to                    occupation?
                  20 minutes of their time to talk about the career field in
                  which you are interested. Since every job is slightly different,   6.   What other advice do you have for a
                  it is helpful to meet with more than one person in each                 person considering this career?
                                                                                     AFTER THE INTERVIEW
                  THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS WILL HELP YOU GET                          Ask your interviewees for referrals to others in the same field.
                  THE MOST FROM A VISIT:                                             However, you should not expect them to help with personal
                  1. What is your job like?                                          problems or provide career guidance.
                     • On a typical day what do you do?
                     • What kinds of problems do you solve?                          Follow up with a thank-you card or letter. Let them know
                     • What kinds of decisions do you make?                          they were helpful, and thank them for their time. Ask them
                                                                                     to keep you in mind if they come across any information that
                  2.   What do you like most about your job?                         may be helpful to you in your career research. If the interview
                       • What do you find challenging?                               went well, consider asking if they will allow you to do a job
                       • What do you not like about your job?                        shadow, where you spend a day watching them work. Also
                       • Is your job different from how you first thought it         consider asking an interviewee if they are willing to mentor
                         would be?                                                   you as you look for work.

                                                                                     Source: Excerpted from Oregon Career Information System, ©2019, University
                                                                                     of Oregon, All Rights Reserved.

                  6                                                                                                     OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
Tips for Job Shadowing
Job shadowing is a career-exploration activity that allows        The easiest way to set up a job shadow is to contact
you to spend time observing a professional doing their job        companies or organizations directly. School counselors, local
in real time. It is a great way to decide if the day-to-day       chambers of commerce, and colleges’ career centers can also
responsibilities are appealing to you. Usually, job shadow        help you arrange a job shadow.
opportunities last a few hours or one work day, they are not
long-term opportunities. It is important to make the most of      Before your job shadow, make sure to do your research. The
your time.                                                        organization’s website is always a good place to start. Be
                                                                  familiar with the products or services the employer offers. Be
Along with informational interviews and internships, job          ready to discuss your career goals and interests. Ask what to
shadows can help you learn about different occupations,           wear to the job shadow in advance. Depending on the work
which can help you make career decisions.                         environment, the required dress can vary. Prepare questions
                                                                  to ask the employer in advance. Plan to arrive early on your
                                                                  job shadow day.

                                                                  When job shadowing, it is important to act professionally.
                                                                  Stay focused on your host’s job and career field. Be
                                                                  thoughtful of the host’s time constraints. Try not to ask
                                                                  questions that can be easily found through the internet. Stay
                                                                  off your phone and give the job shadowing experience your
                                                                  full attention.

                                                                  After the job shadow, be sure to thank your host by sending
                                                                  an email or a handwritten note.

   Benefits of Volunteering
   Some view volunteering as investing       such as acquiring knowledge on a         volunteer opportunities, where you
   your time and resources to help           particular topic, organizing events,     can work remotely from your school
   others without any benefit to yourself.   and managing volunteers.                 or home completing tasks such as
   However, this is far from the truth.                                               writing and editing, art and design,
   Volunteering can help you gain            Volunteering helps you learn about       event organization, or making and
   experience and make connections           your community and the larger            editing videos.
   that will help you get a job.             world. It helps you explore different
                                             careers and roles in an organization
   Volunteers are important to plenty        that in turn will help you make an
   of organizations all across Oregon.       informed decision about the career or
   Before jumping into a volunteering        education you would like to pursue.
   opportunity, think about what you
   would like to learn and the goal you      In addition, volunteering gives you
   would like to accomplish. Think           a sense of accomplishment through
   about the skills you would like to        helping others and increases your
   improve and the work experience you       self-esteem. Include your volunteer
   would like to gain.                       experience when applying for
                                             colleges, scholarships, or jobs.
   Volunteers learn a lot during their
   service. They improve their customer      Find a volunteer opportunity at
   service, teamwork, communication,         nonprofits and government agencies
   work ethic, and interpersonal skills.     in your area. Many international and
   They also gain specialized skills,        national organizations offer online

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         – Quality
                  Information, Informed Choices
                  Not sure where to start with planning your future career?       • Find Employers: Contains information on thousands of
                  Looking for job opportunities in your chosen occupation?          employers that can be searched by industry or employer
                  Or are you interested in details about the state of Oregon’s      name.
                  economy? Look no further than!                  • Wage Conversion Calculator: Allows you to convert
                                                                                    hourly wages to weekly, monthly, or annual wages.
         is a site run by the Oregon Employment          • Career Explorer: Helps you filter occupations that meet
                  Department’s Communications and Research Division. The            your required characteristics.
                  site contains wages, skills, and employment information,        • Current Employment Estimates: Provides industry
                  such as where jobs are located and future job trends for          employment trends from the Current Employment
                  hundreds of occupations.                                          Statistics program, one of the best measures of state and
                                                                                    local economic performance.
                  Several times a week, the site is updated with articles about   • Employment and Wages by Industry: Details industry
                  varying employment topics around the state. These articles        employment, wages, and the number of business
                  cover a range of topics, including industry trends, wages and     establishments based on unemployment insurance tax
                  income, jobs and careers, workforce trends, training and          records.
                  education, and employment and unemployment.                     • Unemployment Rates: Provides unemployment rates
                                                                                    for every month back to the 1970s for Oregon and each
                  The site contains numerous tools designed to help job             county.
                  seekers, employers, researchers, and anyone else looking        • Industry Profiles: Provides information about
                  for information about jobs, workers, wages, and all things        employment trends, wages, and staffing patterns for
                  employment related in Oregon.                                     industries statewide and in local areas.
                                                                                  • Biz News: Summarizes major employment-related news
                  TOOLS ON QUALITYINFO.ORG:                                         in Oregon from the Around the State weekly tip-sheet.
                                                                                  • Inflation Calculator: Shows how much the value of the
                   • Occupation Profiles: Provides an array of information          dollar has changed over time.
                     about over 700 occupations, such as wages, projected         • State Unemployment Rankings: Compares Oregon’s
                     growth, and job openings.                                      unemployment rate to other states in America.
                   • Job Finder: Allows you to search your area for jobs listed
                     with the Oregon Employment Department and for jobs
                     that are posted elsewhere on the internet.

                  8                                                                                          OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
   Is a Career HOT or NOT for YOU?
QUESTIONS TO ASK                               (pages 43-62) OR PICK AN OCCUPATION TO SEARCH
ARE A FEW:                                     Occupation Title:

 • Where do I want to live? Are                 • Does the Occupational Description describe a job you might like
   there jobs in my career field                  to have?
   there?                                         Yes         No
 • What matters most to me?
   Having fun, working with my           2.    LOOK AT WAGES FOR THE OCCUPATION:
   hands, working with others,
   getting paid well, or some                   • Entry wage (10th percentile) $
   combination of these and other?
 • Would I like to work outdoors?               • Wage for more experienced worker (90th percentile) $
 • Do I have any specific skills or
   talents that I could apply to a              • Is this enough income to meet your needs? You can use the Budget
   job?                                           Exercise on page 41 to help answer this. Yes        No
 • Am I artistic?
 • Do I like working with numbers?       3.    CHECK OUT THE EDUCATION LEVEL TO ENTER THIS
                                               OCCUPATION. HOW MUCH EDUCATION IS NEEDED?
Answers to these types of questions
can help you narrow down your                            None
career search.
                                                         High school or equivalent
To help guide your career
exploration, consider taking a                           Postsecondary (a certificate earned at a private career school or a
career assessment test. These tests                      community college, can take from a few months up to two years to earn)
are fun and easy. They ask you
about your likes, your dislikes, and                     Associate’s degree (two-year college degree)
questions similar to those above.
You can find them on the Oregon                          Bachelor’s degree (four-year college degree)
Career Information System’s website
( or ask your                      Master’s degree(one or two years of college beyond bachelor’s degree)
career counselor about them. Be
sure to talk with your counselor after                   Doctoral or professional degree (usually two to four years of college
you take an assessment so they can                       beyond a bachelor’s)
help you interpret the results.
                                                • Are you willing to get this level of education?
Complete this simple questionnaire,               Yes           No
utilizing the Career Guide in this
publication or’s         HOW MANY OF THE QUESTIONS DID YOU ANSWER “YES”?
Occupational Profiles, to see if a
career may be a good choice for you.

SCORING:                                                         Also, if the number of job openings in the 4th column is
3 - Very promising match for this type of work                   average, above average, or substantial, this occupation is
2 - Might be a good choice, but keep your options open           expected to have a good number of openings, increasing
1 - Might want to consider a different choice                    your likelihood of landing a job in this field.

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                  Do you dream of becoming a professional athlete? You             only a handful of slots for professional athletes compared
                  are not alone. You, and many others like you, may be very        with the thousands that want to become one. It can happen,
                  athletic and talented in your sport. The problem is, there are   and it does for a lucky few, but the odds are not that great.

                                                                      CHECK THIS OUT.

                  Check Out These Resources to Help You Start a Business
                  Do you want to start a business or have a great idea to fill     Oregon Secretary of State, Corporate Division provides
                  a gap in the marketplace? Feel like you don’t know how           several business guides online, free of charge.
                  to get your business off the ground? You are not alone.
                  Entrepreneurs exist all across the state and many are
                  working hard to get their goods and services to their target     Oregon Small Business Development Centers offer help in
                  audience. There are numerous programs in Oregon designed         developing management skills vital to a successful business.
                  to help!                                               

                  Market Biz Kidz and the Young Entrepreneurs Club                 Distributive Education Clubs of America is an
                  is a program jointly run by the Oregon State University          international association of high school and college students
                  Extension Service’s 4-H program and the Astoria Sunday           that prepares entrepreneurs in various career fields.
                  Market. The club is open to students in kindergarten   
                  through 12th grade. The curriculum includes monthly work-
                  shops for the budding entrepreneurs from February to June.       Service Corps of Retired Executives provides counseling to
                                         small businesses. To locate the SCORE chapter nearest you,
                  Young Entrepreneurs Business Week is a statewide
                  initiative designed to educate Oregon youth in business,
                  leadership, teamwork, and more. During each program,
                  YEBW incorporates inspirational speakers, interactive
                  learning exercises, and other professional growth activities.

                  10                                                                                             OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
Job Corps – A Path for a Successful Future
Abihail Amaral-Uribe is a 22-year-old from Carlton,              Abihail says she learns a lot at Job Corps, like
Oregon who dreams of working in the automotive industry          communication, skills, time management, how to find a
diagnosing and fixing mechanical problems. This is not           job and be able to keep it, and using computers to diagnose
only a dream, because Abihail is working to make it a            automotive problems.
reality through her dedication to her training at the Angell
Job Corps Center in Yachats, Oregon. The automotive and          At Job Corps, Abihail receives housing, food service, a living
repair program teaches her the skills required to succeed as a   allowance, basic health care, and transportation for her
professional automotive technician.                              initial and final trip to the center and home, all at no cost.

“I started in September and we have two years to complete        WHAT IS JOB CORPS?
the program. I wanted to learn something that not all
women know, and that’s pretty much automotive stuff. I           Job Corps is a career and education program that helps
come from a Mexican household, and women usually don’t           young people advance their education, begin a career, get a
do mechanics stuff,” said Abihail.                               better job, and make more money. Job Corps might be right
                                                                 for you if you are 16 to 24 years old, a citizen, permanent
Abihail recommends Job Corps to anyone who wants a               resident, refugee, asylee, parolee, or on DACA status, and
jump-start in their life, but doesn’t know what career they      meet income qualifications.
can pursue. “You can try each trade and see which one you
would like. I think it’s a great program! I wish more people     WHAT PROGRAMS ARE
knew about it,” said Abihail.                                    AVAILABLE AT JOB CORPS?

                                                                 Job Corps offers training in more than 100 occupations
                                                                 across the U.S. in:

                                                                  •   automotive and machine repair,
                                                                  •   health care,
                                                                  •   information and technology,
                                                                  •   finance and business services,
                                                                  •   advanced manufacturing,
                                                                  •   hospitality,
                                                                  •   culinary arts, and
                                                                  •   protective and security services.

                                                                 In Oregon, around 30 career programs are available at one of
                                                                 the five Job Corps centers:

                                                                  • Angell Job Corps Center in Yachats,
                                                                  • Partners in Vocational Opportunity Training (PIVOT)
                                                                    Job Corps Center in Portland,
                                                                  • Springdale Job Corps Center in Troutdale,
                                                                  • Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Astoria, and
                                                                  • Wolf Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in

                                                                 For more information, visit or
                                                                 call (800) 733-5627.

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                  AmeriCorps – Making a Positive Change in Your Community
                  AmeriCorps is a program in which participants serve in             A significant educational advantage is the Segal AmeriCorps
                  communities across the U.S and is often considered the             Education Award (up to $5,920). The education award can be
                  “domestic Peace Corps." Each year, 75,000 members complete         used to pay tuition or student loans. If AmeriCorps members
                  assignments in education, environmental protection,                have student loans while they are serving, AmeriCorps pays the
                  economic opportunity, health care, public safety, and disaster     interest. Members can choose to receive the education award or
                  services at public agencies, schools, nonprofits, community-       a post-service stipend. Other AmeriCorps benefits include:
                  and faith-based organizations.                                      • A living allowance
                                                                                      • Relocation expenses if you serve more than 50 miles
                  Daniel Stephenson from Salem, Oregon, served in                        from your home
                  AmeriCorps in Billings, Montana. “I applied for AmeriCorps          • Limited healthcare benefits
                  because it provided me a chance to get work experience in           • Student-loan forbearance, deferment, or postponement
                  a government organization and explore a career in public            • Service scholarships at nearly 200 universities
                  service,” said Daniel.                                              • Training and work experience in an area of your interest
                                                                                      • The opportunity to serve in your community or across
                  He worked with volunteer coordinators from Billings city               the U.S. and expand your professional networks
                  departments. He developed a survey that identified how to           • Job skills such as leadership, team building, and
                  best market volunteer opportunities to residents. He created           negotiation skills
                  a new volunteer manual and organized a recognition event            • CPR, first aid, and disaster response training
                  for city volunteers. Daniel also helped develop an art therapy      • Childcare assistance
                  workshop for patients of a mental health crisis center.             • One year of non-competitive eligibility for federal
                                                                                         government jobs.
                  “I learned a lot about organizational development and how
                  a city government department functions,” said Daniel about         To learn more about AmeriCorps programs, go to
                  his experience in AmeriCorps.                            

                                                              Ashley is a 17-year-old from Burns,          Members learn about good-decision
                  Youth Corps                                 Oregon who joined the Oregon Youth           making, how to write a resume and
                                                              Conservation Corps in Harney County.         interview for a job, and how to conduct
                  Adventures –                                She works to restore riparian habitats       oneself professionally.
                                                              and protect aspen trees. She builds and
                  Work and Learn                              maintains fences. “It’s fun to be outdoors   Doug Denning, the director for the
                                                              and spend time in the environment!”          Oregon Youth Conservation Corps,
                  in Nature                                                                                said the program offer many benefits
                                                              She decided to join the Oregon Youth         for youth. Young people learn about
                  Are you looking for a summer job or a       Conservation Corps program, because          the environment and natural resources,
                  temporary job during the school year?       it allows her to adjust her schedule         work ethic, discipline, and how to take
                  Are you looking for an educational and      with her high school schedule and            responsibility for their actions. They
                  fun experience in nature? If you are,       extracurricular activities.                  also have the opportunity to connect
                  then apply for one of Oregon’s Youth                                                     with their communities and take pride
                  Corps programs.                             “I learn a lot of skills through the         in the work they do.
                                                              program. I learn how to work in a team,
                                                              how to actively listen to other people’s     To participate in the program, contact
                                                              ideas, and life skills, such as math, and ask about
                                                              construction, and how to chain a tire,”      programs in your county.
                                                              said Ashley.
                                                                                                           Other organizations offering Youth Corps
                                                              Youth Corps programs are paid                programs that you can contact are:
                                                              positions. Depending on the program,          • Northwest Youth Corps:
                                                              Youth Corps members get paid          
                                                              minimum wage for their service. Other         • Heart of Oregon:
                                                              programs offer a modest educational   

                  12                                                                                              OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
FEMA Corps – Making a Difference When it
Matters Most
Every year, millions of individuals suffer the effects of           different skills that can be used outside of FEMA Corps. “We
natural and man-made disasters. FEMA Corps is an                    get an educational award of $5,920 when we graduate from
excellent opportunity for those who have an interest in             the program that we can use for education.” If members have
a career in emergency management or a related field.                any student loans, they can defer them until after graduating
Members are involved in projects within the Federal                 from the program.
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
                                                                    Members have the opportunity to build a network that will
Ravi Patel from Woodburn, Oregon is part of the Planning            bring multiple job opportunities after they graduate.
and Geographic Information Systems team for FEMA Corps.
He did his training at the Pacific region campus close to           Ravi recommends FEMA Corps to anyone who wants to
Sacramento, California. As part of FEMA Corps, he travels           serve people who lost everything from a disaster. Reflecting
across the country. He is now in Herndon, Virginia working          on his experience, Ravi said that FEMA is one of the most
with FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Team.                    intense and life changing experiences he could have. “This
                                                                    program will not only train you for a job in emergency
“I am hoping we will be able to help communities prepare            management, but it will help you grow as a person. It brings
for disasters and also when a disaster strikes we will be able      people from different walks of life, with different values and
to quickly set in motion a plan that will help people recover       views on the world, and creates an environment where we
from it,” said Ravi.                                                can all learn, work together, and grow.”

FEMA Corps offers Ravi a living allowance, free room and            To apply, go to
board, a budget for food, college credits, and training in          americorps/fema-corps.

   YouthBuild Programs – Building Community, Building Lives
   Abigail Hartung, a 20-year-old from Redmond, Oregon,             “We learn how to work with different construction
   builds affordable housing for low-income people as part of       tools. We improve our communication, writing, and
   her YouthBuild program at the Heart of Oregon Corps in           interviewing skills for jobs,” Abigail said about the skills
   Sisters. She earns a monthly stipend and will get an education   she is learning at YouthBuild.
   award ($1,566) to pay for college or vocational school.
                                                                    After YouthBuild, Abigail plans to go back to AmeriCorps
   “I first learned about YouthBuild when I was in another          and work in landscaping at the Bend Parks and Recreation
   program – AmeriCorps. I found out there was an                   District.
   education component of YouthBuild. I thought it would
                                                                    To apply, you must be 16 to 24 years old and a U.S. citizen
   be really good for me, because I didn’t finish high school. I
                                                                    or resident who is allowed to work in the U.S. You must
   struggled in high school and YouthBuild helps me get my
                                                                    have an interest in building trades, construction, or
   high school diploma,” said Abigail who recently passed
                                                                    energy conservation, and meet income qualifications.
   two GED tests.
                                                                    In Oregon, there are three organizations offering
   Through the program, participants acquire a high school
                                                                    YouthBuild programs:
   diploma, GED, or college credits. They also acquire
   industry-recognized certifications.                               • Heart of Oregon Corps in Sisters, where youth from
                                                                       Central Oregon can apply,
   With YouthBuild programs, participants learn to be                • Portland YouthBuilders in Portland, and
   leaders. They put in hundreds of hours of volunteer               • Community Services Consortium YouthBuild in Linn
   service in their community. They build affordable housing           County.
   that is environmentally friendly. They learn construction
   skills and gain environmental expertise. YouthBuild              For more information about YouthBuild go to
   participants gain experience in public speaking and speak
   about issues that affect them.

OREGON CAREERS 2020                                                                                                                13

                  Peace Corps – A Launching
                  Pad for a 21st Century Career

                  Penny Feltner from Salem, Oregon                • 48 paid vacation days,                2%
                  served in the Peace Corps in the                • Leave for family emergencies
                  Blue Mountains of Jamaica. There,               • Full medical and dental coverage                                            20%
                  she worked with a small farmers’                • When volunteers return home,                  7%
                  organization to promote agricultural              they earn a resettlement allowance
                  best practices and facilitate their               of more than $8,000 (pre-tax) to                   7%
                  organization’s development. She also              help with the transition to life back                     9%         12%
                  promoted recycling and proper waste               home
                  management at the local community               • Volunteers with public student
                  center, taught computer lessons                   loans may be eligible for loan                 Education
                  for adults, and led environmental                 forgiveness or deferment                       Health
                  education efforts at summer eco-                • Upon completion of service,                    Youth and Development
                  camps for children.                               returned volunteers receive one                Agriculture
                                                                    year of noncompetitive eligibility             Community Economic Development
                  “Sometimes if you want to create                  for federal jobs.                              Environment
                  change, you just have to start, even                                                             Peace Corps Response
                  when you have no idea what you’re              Peace Corps volunteers receive
                  doing. I learned the importance                unique training in local language,            During service, volunteers are given a
                  of cultural sensitivity and good               intercultural diversity and inclusion,        tremendous amount of responsibility
                  communication − both in my                     and project design and management.            and autonomy. In order to successfully
                  language, and in the Jamaican dialect.         Peace Corps volunteers serve for 27           complete their tenure as a volun-
                  Navigating social and professional             months. Applicants can choose their           teer, they must develop the ability to
                  spheres takes more than the mastery of         country of service among 61 countries         self-manage and solve problems with-
                  the skill − it takes understanding and         in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and         out intensive management from their
                  respect for diversity and a willingness        Asia. They can select a program area          supervisor, because often their super-
                  to meet people on their own terms,”            they would like to focus on, such as          visor is located in a different city. They
                  said Penny on the skills she mastered          education, youth development, health,         learn to adjust quickly to the needs of
                  during her service.                            environment, community economic               the community and implement projects
                                                                 development, and agriculture. Peace           in unknown environments with limited
                  In Jamaica, Penny received:                    Corps volunteers return home with             resources and limited experience.
                   • A monthly stipend that covered              proof that they enhanced professional
                      living and housing expenses                abilities in specific areas and overcame      To apply you must be at least 18
                   • Compensation for transportation             challenges, setting them apart from           years old and a U.S. citizen. For more
                      costs                                      other job applicants.                         information, visit

                       Teach for America – Be on the Front Lines of Change
                       Are you passionate about education? Do you like to teach       Members may be eligible for:
                       and help children have better academic outcomes? Then           • Education awards up to $5,900
                       be part of Teach for America, a nonprofit organization          • Loan forbearance and loan forgiveness
                       that recruits college graduates to serve as teachers. In the    • Tuition funding or scholarships for graduate school at
                       classroom, you can grow every day as a leader and prob-           selected U.S. colleges
                       lem-solver, while expanding opportunities for students.         • Discounts for technology, clothing, classroom
                                                                                         materials and travel at selected retailers, and much
                       Members teach for two years in one of 53 low-income               more.
                       communities in the U.S. They earn a salary ranging from
                       $33,000 to $58,000 depending on where they teach.              For more information about Teach for America, visit
                       Health and retirement benefits are also available.   

                  14                                                                                                  OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
So Many Education and Training Choices after High School
Regardless of what you do after high            Also, a person who continues their         organizations have tuition assistance, as
school, you’ll gain knowledge and skills        education beyond high school               does the military. And apprenticeships
that you’ll use for the rest of your life in    generally earns more than a person         pay while the apprentice learns.
the career you choose.                          who doesn’t. They are also less likely
                                                to be unemployed. But you do have          Read about all these opportunities in
Continuing your education, either               to weigh the costs of education with       this section of the Careers magazine.

through schooling or through a vol-             the benefits. While you will likely earn
unteer or paid program, will help you           more, you will also have to pay for that
gain invaluable skills and knowledge to         education. There are many ways to pay
enhance your job opportunities.                 for it. For example, some of the corps

        APPRENTICESHIP:                                                                               UNIVERSITY:

           Earn while you                                                                             Small. Large.
         learn in dozens of                                                                           Urban. Rural.
            occupations.                       Pages                               Page             So many choices!
                                               16-17                                18

    PAYING FOR                                                                                               PRIVATE CAREER
     COLLEGE                                                                                                     SCHOOL:

   Find out what                                                                                                 You can learn

   more than half         Pages                                                                     Page       dental assisting,
   of all college         20-21                                                                      18          truck driving,
   students are                                                                                                 welding, floral
   doing to pay                                                                                                         design,
   for college.                                                                                                   and so much

                                               Page                                Page
                                               22-23                                19
              MILITARY:                                                                                COLLEGE:

            Opportunities                                                                            Get a certificate
              abound.                                                                               in a few months,
                                                                                                        or earn a
                                                                                                    two-year degree.

OREGON CAREERS 2020                                                                                                                15
Apprenticeships: Get TRAINING and Get PAID at the same time!
            An apprenticeship is training that
            combines on-the-job experience with
            classroom instruction. Individuals in
            apprenticeship programs get direct,
            relevant experience in their chosen
            career, and advance in the profession as

            they learn. Apprentices graduate fully
            trained in their field – and not as an
            entry-level worker.

            Benefits: It is a terrific way to earn
            a living wage and pursue higher
            education at the same time! With a            • National industry certification:          available at community colleges for a
            registered apprenticeship, you receive:         When you graduate from a career           small fee, and they are stretched out
             • A paycheck: From day one, you will           training program, you’ll be certified     over several weeks or months. For more
                earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase      and can take your certification           information, visit
                over time as you learn new skills.          anywhere in the U.S.                      pages/index.aspx.
             • Hands-on career training: You will
                receive practical on-the-job training    When you apply for an apprenticeship         You can also contact your local
                in a wide selection of programs.         program, it is important to be prepared!     community college and ask them about
             • An education: You’ll receive hands-       Pre-apprenticeship programs exist            their apprenticeship and trade-related
                on training and have the potential to    to make you a better candidate when          programs. If you need to brush up on
                earn college credit, even an associate   you go to apply for an apprenticeship.       your algebra, science, or writing skills
                or bachelor’s degree, in many cases      They can help guide you through the          – or take a placement test – community
                paid for by your employer.               résumé and interview process and give        colleges are a great resource. They also
             • A career: Once you complete your          you a heads-up on what to expect as an       often have information on the different
                apprenticeship, you will be on your      apprentice and tradesperson. They will       trades and can provide contacts within
                way to a successful long-term career     also expose you to many different career     the apprenticeship programs.
                with a competitive salary, and little    options. Some pre-apprenticeship
                or no educational debt.                  programs are free, while others are

                  EXPLORE AVAILABLE                       CONTACT PROGRAM                           DO YOU NEED
                  TRADES AND LOCATE                       FOR REQUIREMENTS.                         HELP MEETING THE
                  AN APPRENTICE                                                                     REQUIREMENTS?
                                                          Different programs
                                                          have different minimum
                  Start your exploration                  requirements. It is also
                  with the Apprenticeship                 important to know when
                  Locator at                              to submit an application,
                       as not all programs
                                                          accept applications year-
                  Examples: carpenter,
                                                          round. Contact your
                  elevator mechanic,
                                                          program of interest to get
                  pipefitter, renewable                                                                  NO
                                                          these details.
                  energy tech.

            16                                                                                                OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
I didn’t know that working in sheet        I had coworkers suggest I become an         are provided through a partnership
metal would be a calling when I            apprentice. I started getting serious       with Mt. Hood Community College.

graduated high school. When I finished     about it after talking with a family        One of the great benefits is I can
school, I tried a number of different      friend who was an electrician. I applied    complete my apprenticeship and have
jobs. I never got the feeling they were    for an electrician apprenticeship and       the option to get an associate’s degree
leading to a career I could stick with.    was told that the best way for me           by taking a few more classes.
They did show me that I liked physically   to start was by checking out a pre-
demanding work, building things, and       apprenticeship program. That’s how I        I’ve learned a lot in my four years as
problem solving.                           found Oregon Tradeswomen.                   an apprentice. You don’t need to know
                                                                                       everything when you start. You learn,
                                           Oregon Tradeswomen promotes                 make mistakes, and develop skills. My
                                           success for women in the trades. There      apprenticeship has given me the self-
                                           are not many women I know working           confidence and trust in myself to bend
                                           in the trades and through Oregon            whatever challenge I have back into
                                           Tradeswomen I saw other women doing         shape.
                                           this work. It was the first time I really
                                           thought that this was something I could     Working in the trades can be
                                           do.                                         challenging at times; the work is
                                                                                       physically demanding and sometimes
                                           I had planned to be an apprentice           requires working in challenging spaces.
                                           electrician, but on-site visits and         Apprenticeships are not for everyone,
                                           experience working with metal showed        but they are for anyone interested in
                                           me that sheet metal work really called      exploring a lasting career that fits.
                                           to my interests. My apprenticeship is
                                           a five-year program requiring 8,000         For more information about the pre-
                                           hours of on-the-job experience and          apprenticeship program that helped me,
                                           completing 25 related classes. Classes      check out

    Contact the             Apply for               Apply for the                   Take any
    program                 and                     apprenticeship                  required
    for more                complete                program once                    tests and
    information.            the pre-ap-             your skills meet                complete
                            prenticeship            the requirements                application
                            program.                for the program of              process.
                                                    your choice.
                                                    It is a good                                           BECOME AN
                                                    idea to stay in                                        APPRENTICE!
                                                    contact with the
                                                    program so you
                                                    meet application

OREGON CAREERS 2020                                                                                                              17
Oregon’s Colleges
            and Universities: In
                                                       Career School:
            Person or Online                           Short-term Training for
            Many careers with high levels of re-
            sponsibility require at least a bache-     Long Lasting Skills

            lor’s degree. Hundreds of fascinating
            majors and quality programs are avail-     Private career schools offer education      Make sure you understand all the
            able across the state, from traditional    after high school. Courses range from a     school costs, and student rights and
            or emerging fields including veter-        few weeks to a year or more.                responsibilities. Read the policies
            inary medicine, computer science,                                                      on attendance, satisfactory progress,
            journalism, the arts, engineering, and     Career schools offer training in a          and requirements for graduation or
            agricultural studies. Oregon’s colleges    variety of career fields, including         completion. Read the school’s policy on
            and universities offer diverse and         cosmetology, truck driving,                 filing a grievance if you are dissatisfied
            high-quality programs of study.            phlebotomy, pet grooming, real estate,      with the program.
                                                       massage therapy, dental assisting,
            Urban or rural, big or small, there is     bookkeeping, tax preparation, and           Verify that you meet admission
            a university in Oregon that fits you.      many more!                                  requirements.
            You can even start your education at a
            community college and then transfer        BEFORE YOU ENROLL IN A                      Verify loans you will be taking to
            to a four-year university in Oregon.       CAREER SCHOOL:                              make sure that your potential earnings
            Can’t move away to go to school? Not                                                   are enough to repay the loan and also
            a problem. Check out the numerous          Talk with others who are working in         provide for your living expenses. To
            distance education alternatives            the field you are considering. Make sure    learn about the potential wages in a
            (online courses or classes at different    you really understand what people in        career, go to and
            locations) on each university’s website.   that profession do on a daily basis.        click on Jobs and Careers, and then find
                                                                                                   Occupation and Wage Information.
            Oregon’s universities offer many ways      Visit the school you are considering
            to help you pay for your education,        attending. Visit classes, too.              Analyze the loan agreement carefully
            including scholarships, grants, work                                                   for any money you might borrow to go
            study, and loans (see the "How do          Determine total cost for the entire         to school.
            I Pay for College?" article in this        program, including tuition, fees, books,
            publication for more information).         and supplies.                               Don’t rush. Take your time. Don’t
                                                                                                   let yourself be rushed into making a
            To learn more about Oregon’s seven         Talk with employers at companies            decision.
            public universities, find links to         where you might want to work. Ask
            the colleges at            them if they have hired any graduates       For more information, call (503) 947-
            highered/plan-pay-for-college/             of the school you are considering. If       5716 or visit
            Pages/public-universities.aspx.            they have, ask them if the employees        institutions-programs/private/Pages/
            For private universities, go to the        were well prepared. If they have not, ask   PCS-licensed.aspx
            Oregon Alliance of Independent             them if the training you are considering
            Colleges and Universities website at       would help you get a job in their           Source: Excerpted from Tips on Selecting a Private
                            company.                                    Career School, Private Career Schools, Higher
                                                                                                   Education Coordinating Commission.
                                                       Prepare to enroll by talking with
                                                       the admissions representative at the
                                                       school. Review the catalog, the school
                                                       calendar, the student handbook and
                                                       any other material that might help you
                                                       know more about the school. Also read
                                                       through the enrollment agreement with
                                                       the school representative.

            18                                                                                               OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
Find Your Future at an Oregon Community College!
At Oregon’s community colleges you can get training for           Whether you’re starting out, applying for a promotion, or
many high demand careers with one to two years of college         looking for a career change, take action. Right here in Oregon
courses. There are even options for short-term training or        you’ll find 17 community colleges with resources to get you
certificates – just one or two terms – that can lead to higher-   started and moving toward the life you want for yourself.
paying, in-demand jobs.
                                                                  For more information, visit

With the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree you can         index.aspx.
start at a community college and then transfer to one of
Oregon’s four-year universities, as well as to many private and   Source: Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of
out-of-state colleges.                                            Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Not yet ready for a degree but need to enhance some skills?
Community colleges can help with that, too. Not only can
you prepare for specialized careers, but community colleges
also help students improve basics skills such as math, writing,
and English.

Community colleges have flexible course schedules includ-
ing classes offered at night and on weekends, at different
locations, and online. And the cost of courses at community
colleges is significantly lower than at four-year colleges. You
can save money while earning credits during the first two
years of college and then transfer. Finally, enrollment at com-
munity colleges depends on a student’s “ability to benefit,”
not a required grade point average (GPA) or test score.

   Scholarship Scams – Be Careful!
   A scam is when someone deceives “customers” to                  • The scholarship offer requires you to give a credit card
   take something from them, usually money. There are                or bank account number.
   scammers out there that want to make money from you!            • The “scholarships” are actually loans.
   These tips will help you keep your money in your pocket.
                                                                  A small number of legitimate scholarships do charge
   There are many scholarship search agencies. Some are           a small processing fee. Check with your high school
   free, while others charge hundreds of dollars. Some            guidance counselor or financial aid office if you are unsure
   provide good information; others do not. Many search           about a scholarship.
   companies will not refund your fee if you are dissatisfied
   with their services. Be sure to check out refund policies      Learn more at:
   before you pay any enrollment fees.                             •
                                                                   • Federal Trade Commission:
   Signs of a scholarship scam:                            
    • You have to pay money before or after you receive
      money.                                                      You can report scams to the National Fraud Information
    • The matching service guarantees success.                    Center at:
    • Financial aid “seminars” turn out to be sales pitches.
    • You are a “finalist” in a contest you never entered or      Source: Excerpted from Oregon Career Information System, ©2019,
      “selected” by a national foundation for a scholarship       University of Oregon, All Rights Reserved.
      you did not apply for.

OREGON CAREERS 2020                                                                                                                    19
How Do I Pay for College?
            Students of all backgrounds can afford        • Apply for the Oregon Promise Grant            one common application for more
            college. More than half of all college          if you are planning to graduate               than 600 scholarship programs
            students in Oregon receive some sort of         high school or receive a GED®                 that pertain to academic and career
            financial aid, including:                       in 2019-20. The Oregon Promise                choices; specific populations;
                                                            Grant covers most tuition at an               employers and membership

             • Grants and scholarships – these do           Oregon community college for                  organizations; and the high school
               not have to be repaid.                       recent graduates. Students must               from which the student graduated.
             • Loans – these must be repaid with            complete an Oregon Promise                    The deadline is March 1, 2020, and
               interest.                                    application, meet GPA and other               applications submitted by February
             • Work-study – students get paid for           eligibility requirements, and enroll          15 qualify for an early bird review
               working while in school.                     at an Oregon community college                and a chance to win a $1,000
                                                            within six months of graduating               scholarship.
            You can start today by researching your         high school or receiving a GED®
            options and planning your college path.         in Oregon. For most students who            • Research which school and
                                                            graduate between March and June,              programs will best help you meet
            GETTING STARTED                                 the application deadline is June 1.           your goals by browsing campus
            If you are getting ready to attend college      If you are a GED® student or are              websites, contacting admissions
            or thinking about going back to college:        not graduating between March and              offices, or accessing the Oregon
                                                            June, check the website to determine          Career Information System at
             • If you will be a first-year student          your application deadline. The                many schools, libraries, and all
               in the fall, be sure to complete an          application for 2020-21 opened in             Oregon Employment Department
               application for admission to the             late September 2019. Details about            offices. You can also use the U.S.
               college(s) you hope to attend and            requirements and deadlines are                Department of Education’s College
               apply for financial aid.                     available at www.OregonStudentAid.            Navigator website (https://nces.
                                                            gov/oregon-promise.aspx.             to search
             • Fill out the Free Application for                                                          for colleges, build a list, and view
               Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at             • Apply for scholarships for the                side-by-side comparisons of costs
      The FAFSA is               2020-21 academic year by filling              and other features for up to four
               the required application for federal         out the online “OSAC scholarship              colleges at a time.
               financial aid programs, the need-            application” administered by
               based Oregon Opportunity Grant,              the Office of Student Access and            • Contact financial aid offices and
               the Oregon Promise grant, and                Completion (OSAC), and explore                research college costs at the schools
               many scholarships. Complete your             the scholarships offered at www.              you are thinking of attending.
               FAFSA as soon as possible after it  OSAC offers             Financial aid offices will have
               opens on October 1, 2019, if you
               plan to attend college anytime            2019-20 AVERAGE COST FOR AN OREGON RESIDENT TO ATTEND COLLEGE
               between fall 2020 and summer 2021.                                                             Oregon
               DACA and other undocumented
                                                                                       Oregon    Oregon       Independent
               students can submit the Oregon
                                                                                       Community Public       College or
               Student Aid Application (ORSAA),
                                                          Expenses                     College   Universities University
               which is an alternative to the
               FAFSA. Students who complete               Tuition & Fees                       $5,673          $10,785                $36,275
               the ORSAA will be considered
               for state grants and some private          Room & Board                       $10,279           $12,135                $11,570
               scholarships. Be sure to submit a
               new FAFSA or ORSAA each year               Books & Supplies                     $1,432            $1,200                $1,018
               you plan to attend college. The
               sooner you submit your FAFSA               Personal Expenses                    $3,162            $2,768                $2,642
               or ORSAA each year, the better             (including transportation)
               your chances of being selected for
               financial aid programs that have          Note: Estimates are based on full-time enrollment for 15 credit-hours per semester/
               limited funds.                            quarter, as of August 2019. Actual budgets may vary. Private career schools such as
                                                         beauty and business schools are not listed because their tuition varies widely.

            20                                                                                                 OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
information about campus-based           • Research application
   awards and application deadlines.
   They will also require FAFSA
                                              requirements and deadlines,
                                              and send in your completed
                                                                                             Visit OSAC
   data (see page 20). Average costs          applications to the colleges you               for more information
   for Oregon students are listed on          are interested in.                             on these targeted grant
   the previous page, but individual
   student budgets vary by school          FOR MORE INFORMATION
   and program of study.                   Call OSAC at (800) 452-8807 or                    OREGON NATIONAL GUARD

                                           visit                    STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE
 • Attend a College Night in Oregon        for links to help you understand
   event (February through April           the financial aid process as well as              OREGON CHAFEE EDUCATION
   2020 in various locations) to get       information on careers, colleges,                 AND TRAINING GRANT
   help filling out your FAFSA and         and how to fill out scholarship                   OREGON STUDENT
   learn about available funding           applications.                                     CHILD CARE GRANT
   and scholarship tips. Go to www.                                                          DECEASED OR DISABLED for information.      Source: Oregon Office of Student Access and
                                                                                             PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER
                                           Completion, an office of the Higher Education
 • If possible, attend a local             Coordinating Commission.
   “financial aid night” workshop or                                               
   college fair.

Tips for Boosting Your College Savings
                                                                           • Birthdays, Christmas, high school graduation and other
                                                                             holidays are great ways to earn additional money. You
                                                                             can ask your family and friends to donate to your college
                                                                             savings fund in lieu of gifts during holidays and birthday
                                                                           • Put your money into a college savings account. Oregon
                                                                             currently offers two 529 College Savings Plans: the
                                                                             Oregon College Savings Plan and the MFS 529 Savings
                                                                             Plan. The plans were created to help you save for future
                                                                             higher education expenses. For more information, go to
                                                                           • Get good grades; participate in extracurricular activities;
                                                                             and develop and maintain relationships with individuals
                                                                             who can provide a recommendation letter, such as
                                                                             teachers, employers, and community members. This
                                                                             could help you receive a scholarship as recommendation
                                                                             letters are often required as part of many scholarship
                                                                           • Choose an affordable college and consider taking
                                                                             community college courses during high school or
                                                                             summer breaks.
If you plan to attend college, be sure to create a budget (or a            • Once on campus, get a part-time job. This can cover part
spending plan) and start saving for college. There are many                  of your college expenses.
ways you can earn money, save for college, and reduce your                 • Save on tuition, housing, and books. Many colleges don’t
dependency on student loans:                                                 charge if you take additional credits beyond a full load.
                                                                             Get books from the library or buy them used either
 • Get a summer job when you are in high school. You can                     online or from a student that has them from the previous
   start saving money from your summer jobs long before                      year.
   you enter college.

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