Many students choose college over university because of the reputation it has for educating the student in a way that prepares them for a job right after graduation. While university education often leads to more education or a professional occupation, college typically equips the student for the labour field.
The diplomas offered at college are vast and varied, and there will certainly be a field of study that interests your student and capitalizes on their skills and abilities.
If your student has taken (and succeeded at) dual enrollment courses during their high school years, application to the college of choice should be quite simple. The credits will be counted and their existing relationship with the college through the dual enrollment should ensure their acceptance into the college.
If you have a transcript for your student (or are willing to put together an application package), but would prefer to have her enroll in a distance-learning program, then Campus Starter is an excellent resource to use. It lists the many community and career colleges (and universities) that offer diploma degrees by distance learning. The application process for these online programs will be the same as for their on-campus counter-parts.
Finally, an option you may want to investigate is CollegePlus. Affiliated with several major Christian universities, CollegePlus offers distance learning for over 50 university majors, but also has programs for career development and discovery, study skills, community involvement and more. The courses of study provided through CollegePlus are aimed to fully develop the student for excellence in all of life, not just their academic grades.
The options are many, and perhaps your questions outnumber the options! Let us help you find the resources you need to make these decisions. Contact the HSLDA office and we’ll be pleased to help you.