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Beyond High School

Your Choices After Graduation

At DUSD, it’s our goal for all students to graduate with a 21st Century education that ensures they are college and career ready, globally competitive and citizens of strong character. 

But one size doesn’t fit all. For some students, college is the logical next step of their journey while others are eager to leave the classroom and enter the working world. Explore your options with these resources.

College Information
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Career Information
Downey Adult School
Resume Help
Military Information

So You’re Thinking About College …

California Colleges provides students with an all-inclusive guide for their college & career paths & enables educators to track their progress.

Community College Review

Learn about community colleges, find colleges, get financial aid help and college life tips.

College Scorecard

Search and compare colleges: their fields of study, costs, admissions, results, and more.

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California Community Colleges

Apply Online: CCC Online

Cerritos College


Cerritos Complete Program

Get 2 years of college for free.

Coastline Community College

Located in Costa Mesa

Cypress College

Located in Cypress

East LA City College

Located in Monterey Park

El Camino College

Located in Torrance

Fullerton College

Located in Fullerton

LA Trade Tech Community College

Located in Los Angeles

Long Beach Community College

Located in Long Beach

Mt. San Antonio College

Located in Walnut

Pasadena City College

Located in Pasadena

Rio Hondo College

Located in Whittier

Santa Monica College

Located in Santa Monica

Downey Adult School

The Downey Adult School Career and Education Center (DAS), an institution of higher education, provides high-quality, relevant, and accessible programs for adults in a variety of areas.
Learn more about DAS
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Career Resources

The resources and links below can help you find a great career.

California CareerZone

Learn about yourself, the employment options available to you and the training that will prepare you for them.

California Conservation Corps

Learn skills, earn scholarships, make friends – the best year of your life!

California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

Apprentices not only learn occupational skills in the classroom, their learning is expanded to include hands-on, paid, on-the-job training!

Long Beach Job Corps Center

No-cost education and career technical training program.

Los Angeles Job Corps Center

Offering the skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce, at no cost to you or your family.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find out which careers are in demand.

Tips for Creating Professional Resume

When you apply for a job, you will be asked to provide your resume. Here are some tips and resources to help you create a professional looking resume.

High School Resume Template

How to create a high school resume with examples:

More information:

How to Make a Resume with the Microsoft Word Template

How to Make a Resume with Google Docs

Join the United States Military

Army – Navy – Air Force – Marines – Coast Guard

Are you thinking about joining the military after high school? You’re not alone, and there are many benefits to joining a branch of our military. However, it’s important to fully understand what you’re signing up for and what will be required of you for the contracted years you sign on.

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  • U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident with valid “green card”
  • Must be at least 17 years old (with parent permission) or 18+
  • Each branch of the military has a different enlistment age limit
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test
  • Must pass a physical exam and meet weight limits

Steps to Enlist

  1. Contact a recruiter
  2. Report to a military entrance processing stations (MEPS)
  3. Await orders for basic training

U.S. Air Force (USAF)

  • Department of Defense
  • Aerial military operations


U.S. Army (USA)

  • Department of Defense
  • Major ground combat


U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Maritime law enforcement


U.S. Marine Corps (USMC)

  • Department of Defense
  • Supports other branches
    • Land, sea-based, and air-ground operations


U.S. Navy

  • Department of Defense
  • Protects waterways outside of Coast Guard jurisdiction


Ace the ASVAB

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

To join a branch of our military, you’ll need to take the ASVAB test. This timed test scores four areas: Arithmetic Reasoning, World Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, and Mathematics Knowledge. Your scores in these four areas will determine your eligibility to enlist in the military. Prep for the exam with practice ASVAB tests or learn more with these helpful resources.