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Alternative Paths to Education and Careers
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Most of us are already here on an alternative path to an education, however I wanted to share some info on some programs that I came across in recent years because I think many could benefit from such info. I wish I had known some of this when I was 19-20 on my own and had just dropped out of a traditional B&M university for the first time and lost my scholarship. With this knowledge, maybe I wouldn't have turned to the military at that time. I'm proud of my service, but there were other programs that I was wholly unaware of that could have steered me in a positive direction without giving up 6 years and risking my life and health. Many on this forum(and some forum member's children) could be a great fit for these programs but also, the many more lurkers, anonymous browsers and such who find themselves here and will continue to in the foreseeable future, may find value in some of these programs as well. Many of these programs have structure and discipline without being the "military" and without the legal binding contract.

Peace Corps
https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/benefits/
  • Provides training, transportation, living accommodations, food and a small living stipend
  • Usually a 2 year commitment
  • Low skilled positions and positions for college grads(and people with graduate degrees)
  • International travel to where ever you are needed
  • Various educational benefits(loan deferment, fellowships)
  • Transitional assistance to a new career after your service and $8000 
Americorps
https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs...s-programs
  • Similar to Peace Corps, but you mostly stay in the states
  • Some local projects some travel projects to places where you're needed
  • Positions for 17/18 and up with no experience necessary
  • Team program for 18-24 year-olds
  • 3-12 month commitment
  • Can be short-term, part time, or full time
  • Provides training, transportation, uniforms, living accommodations and food(and potentially a living allowance)
  • Some ACE credit opportunities: http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseactio...ICE=300187
  • Up to $6000 education award after service
Job Corps
https://www.jobcorps.gov/
  • Focused on helping low income youth(16-24)
  • Can get HS diploma while part of the program
  • Varies by location but usually includes housing, food, child care, clothing, work/school supplies and living stipend
  • Usually involves free apprenticeships, OJT, courses, other vocational training 
Yearup
https://www.yearup.org/ Local Programs
  • May be funded by government, employers, non profits or unions
  • They're all over, you just have to look!


Military, Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard
  • These options aren't for everyone, but they are good for some people
  • A very real commitment with consequences if you separate under dishonorable circumstances
  • Potential benefits are far too many to list here
TESU BS NEET (in progress)      Taking a different direction for now.


B&M(22cr): Anat/Phys 1/2 +Labs, Eng Comp 1, Sust. Cities, Orientation Courses, Intro Hlth+Well, Functional Anat/Kin
TESU(4cr): Chem 1 Lab, DC circuits
JST/TESU Eval of NAVY Training: 85/99cr
The Institutes, TEEX, NFA(9cr): Ethics, Cyber 101/201/301, Safety
Sophia(3cr): Dev Eff Teams, Fdn College Alg, Fdn Stats, Ess Mng Conflict, Fdn English comp, Student Success
Study.com(22cr): Eng 105, Fin 102, His 108, Lib Sci 101, Math 104, Stat 101
CLEP(9cr): Intro Sociology 63 Intro Psych 61 US GOV 71
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I'm going to give the caveat that the Peace Corps and Job Corps have had major rape allegations running rampant throughout the programs. I would never advise a woman to join either of those. Ever. They prey on the young and vulnerable.
TESU BSBA in HR, 2018
WVNCC BOG AAS,
 2017
GGU Cert in Management, 2000

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Job Corps varies by location, and some are non-residential. Some locations have a major gang problem. Rape, unfortunately, happens on just about every post-secondary campus whether it be Job Corps or a regular college campus. The biggest problem with Job Corps is that the average graduate doesn't do much better than if he or she never attended Job Corps in the first place. A lot of locations offer worthless vocational programs such as CNA and medical assisting. Maybe "worthless" is harsh, but most CNAs where I live make minimum wage to $12 per hour.
PhD (in progress)
Masters and Graduate Certificate
AAS, AS, BA, and BS
CLEP
Intro Psych 70, US His I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mar 68
DSST
Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
ALEKS
Int Alg, Coll Alg
TEEX
4 credits
TECEP
Fed Inc Tax, Sci of Nutr, Micro, Strat Man, Med Term, Pub Relations
CSU
Sys Analysis & Design, Programming, Cyber
SL
Intro to Comm, Microbio, Acc I
Uexcel
A&P
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The reason why Job Corps is so awful is because the Department of Labor doesn't run any of the centers. They're all contracted out to private entities, and most of them are for-profit. The highest performing major operator of centers is a non-profit organization, so it's a mismanagement of taxpayer dollars to keep awarding these contracts to for-profit companies just because they bid low.
PhD (in progress)
Masters and Graduate Certificate
AAS, AS, BA, and BS
CLEP
Intro Psych 70, US His I 64, Intro Soc 63, Intro Edu Psych 70, A&I Lit 64, Bio 68, Prin Man 69, Prin Mar 68
DSST
Life Dev Psych 62, Fund Coun 68, Intro Comp 469, Intro Astr 56, Env & Hum 70, HTYH 456, MIS 451, Prin Sup 453, HRM 62, Bus Eth 458
ALEKS
Int Alg, Coll Alg
TEEX
4 credits
TECEP
Fed Inc Tax, Sci of Nutr, Micro, Strat Man, Med Term, Pub Relations
CSU
Sys Analysis & Design, Programming, Cyber
SL
Intro to Comm, Microbio, Acc I
Uexcel
A&P
Davar
Macro, Intro to Fin, Man Acc
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