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Life After High School: Top 10 Alternatives to College

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Earn a Vocational or Career Training Certificate

Not all careers require a four-year degree from a university — many professions place more value in an industry certification and workplace experience. Positions such as information technology experts, dental hygienists, radiology technicians, and medical transcriptionists often require a certification that takes much less time to earn than a bachelor's degree. Your teen can research areas that interest her and find out if a certificate program is right for her.

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