The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce states that by 2018 almost 60% of all jobs in Ohio will require postsecondary education beyond high school. From local career technical centers and community colleges to small private liberal arts colleges and large public research universities, Ohio has something for everyone. Along with different types of schools, there are many different types of certificates, degrees and programs to help you achieve your career goals.
- Non-credit Programs are workshops, seminars, or courses that improve skills for professional development, but do not offer credit toward an academic degree.
- Certificates are documents granted by colleges and adult career centers after completion of study for specific occupations. Certificates usually require a full-time, six-month to one-year program of required courses or their part-time equivalent. Some certificates can be counted toward a higher degree, but this is not always the case.
- Associate Degrees are granted by colleges after students complete two-year, full-time programs of required courses or their part-time equivalent.
- Bachelor’s degrees are granted by universities or colleges after students have satisfactorily completed four-year, full-time programs of required courses or their part-time equivalent.
- Advanced Degrees - Master’s, doctorate, or professional degrees (such as law or medicine) are earned after Bachelor’s degrees, taking at least two years for full-time students to complete.
Once you have explored your school and program options, use these resources to help you start preparing for your education and career goals:
- What to do starting in 9th grade and beyond
- The college application process
- Earning college credit while still in high school
- Ohio’s transfer credit policies and how they might help you
- Educational opportunities for veterans
- Options for adult students with significant family, job, or personal obligations