Options After High School

Options After High Schools

Students will meet individually with their counselor each year to discuss different career options after high school. Counselors will assist students in examining their academic strengths and interests to help them plan high school courses that match their interests. Advisors meet with students once a week to offer additional assistance.

FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY The Counseling Office offers valuable information about the various college and university programs that are available to high school graduates. Juniors and seniors are given opportunities to meet with visiting college representatives.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE East Central College offers students four degree options: the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, the Associate of Arts in Teaching, and the Associate of Applied Science. Each degree choice affords students a variety of options based on their academic interest and career choices. An Associate Degree of Arts (AA) degree is the institutional transfer degree. Students completing the AA degree who transfer to a public baccalaureate institution in Missouri will enter the transfer institution at the junior level. The Associate of Science (AS) degree is the institutional pre-engineering degree. A specifically articulated degree with the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri—Rolla), the AS degree comprises a general education core and the necessary coursework to prepare students for a program of study in engineering. The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is the institutional transfer degree for students preparing to study in teacher education programs. Students completing the AAT degree who transfer to a public baccalaureate institution in Missouri offering teacher preparation programs will enter the transfer institution at the junior level. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is the career and workforce preparation degree. While the AAS is a career preparation degree, some institutions may consider the degree in transfer. Additional Option at ECC: A Certificate of Proficiency is designed primarily for the person whose intended job does not require an associate degree. A Certificate of Proficiency can be earned in one or two semesters.

TECHNICAL COLLEGE Technical institutions also provide Associate Degrees in Science, Associate Degrees in Applied Science, and Certificates of Proficiency in many areas.

Please visit Occupational Outlook for more information

Some of these areas are listed below. This is not a comprehensive listing:

  • Architectural Technology
  • Industrial Electricity-Electronics Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Automotive Repair Technology
  • Instrumentation Process Control Technology
  • Aviation Technology
  • Machine Shop Technology
  • Avionics Technology
  • Plumbing Technology
  • Carpentry and Building Construction
  • Refrigerating, Air Conditioning, and Heating
  • Communications Electronics Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Computer Networking Technology


Students and parents should meet with the recruiter to discuss military options. For more information please visit Selective Services System