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.

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College Information
Financial Aid
Career Information
Resume Help
Military Information

College Resources

Tips for Deciding on Your College

  1. Know your ability
  2. Pick three colleges by the end of 8th grade
  3. Know their admissions qualifications
  4. Know your family’s financial abilities
  5. Talk to your counselors in the 9th grade
  6. Always know your GPA

Universities & Colleges

Associate Degree for Transfer

The California Community Colleges and partnering institutions created a transfer program to make it easier for students like you to start at a community college, transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university, and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Learn more

More Resources

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.

California Community Colleges

Apply Online: CCC Online

Cerritos Complete Program

Get 2 years of college for free.

Cerritos College


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Financial Aid

For most students planning to attend college or career school, financial aid is essential. It’s important to start planning early. Plan how to pay for college before you start.

Ask school counselors and the college financial aid office about state, college, and nonprofit grants and scholarships you can apply for. Be sure to meet application deadlines. Start saving before you get to college.

Career Resources

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

Local Careers & Jobs

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.

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!

Career Exploration Resources

Find yourself to find your career.

EUREKA provides powerful self-assessment and career information tools to enhance the career decision-making process.

California CareerZone

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

Engineering Careers

Learn more about the many kinds of engineering careers available.

Career Quiz

Take this personality-based quiz to see which careers might be a good match for you!

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.


  • 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
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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.