Every year, more than 60 percent of Iowa's high school graduates go to colleges, universities or vocational schools to enhance their career opportunities, learn or improve skills and expand their understanding of the world.
With a lot of choices out there, Alta high school counselor Steve Claussen has already been working with many students to help them with their decisions.
"Some students have already been on college visits this fall," Claussen said. "Some will start staggering in here soon, while others will wait until June before deciding what they want to do (after high school)."
While many students know exactly what they want to do upon graduation, there are many more who have no idea what their future holds.
The reasons for considering further education are clear when you consider the advanced training and knowledge necessary for so many jobs which will be available in the future, Claussen said.
"Though many students see college as a way to get a better job, many students who graduate college don't even know what they want to do when they're done," Claussen said. "Those who want to teach will teach, while those who major in business may have no idea what kind of job in business they want to do. There are many tough decisions."
Read the rest of this article in the 1/04 Pilot Tribune.