How To: Continue Your Education After Dropping Out Of High School


Did you drop out of high school to follow your life-long dream of becoming a chart-topping pop star? Or maybe outside circumstances prevented you from getting your GED? Whatever the reason, leaving high school seemed like a good decision at the time, until you ended up unemployed and living in your parent’s basement. If you think it’s too late to get your high school diploma, think again!

With these five alternatives, you can get the education that will land you your dream job:

1. GED

The GED is a test that covers social studies, reading, writing, math and science. Ninety-five percent of colleges accept the GED. And don’t worry if you’re tight on cash and time, there is a small testing fee and no prerequisites needed.

2. Return to School

Most schools only allow students under 20 to re-enroll. But some states, including Texas, have raised the age to 25

3. Vocational Training

If you want to study a trade, then vocational training may be the right fit for you. Just make sure you do your homework first. Some tech schools require a GED and high school diploma, while others train dropouts.

4. Attend Community College

Why not kill two birds with one stone? Some colleges offer adult high school programs where students can complete their high school degree while also earning college credits. Sounds like a win-win to us!

5. Adult diploma

If you feel that you missed out on the whole “high school experience” of taking classes with peers then opt for an adult diploma. These classes are taught to adults at a quick pace. Some programs end with a GED test, while others grant students a diploma based on their grades and homework.

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- Teresa Roca is a NYC writer who is obsessed with celebrities, sports and movies. Her favorite cause is bullying and violence.




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