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Parent's Guide to College and Careers by Barbara Cooke

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CHAPTER 10

Taking a Different Path

If your child is not interested in a four-year college degree, he’s not doomed to flipping burgers the rest of his life. However, you and he will have to be resourceful in uncovering alternative career paths that exist in today’s economy.

Lost in the Middle

Young people in the middle or lower half of their high school class often have a difficult transition to college. This is because they have the expectation of attending college without the academic preparation to be successful in college.

Consider Daniel:

Daniel hated high school and enrolled in the local community college after graduation. He told his academic advisor, “I just need 12 hours to stay on my parents’ health insurance.”

Daniel wanted to take ...

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