After school, it is important for students to look forward to what’s next. Whether they pursue a career, enroll in college or enlist in the armed services, young people have options in choosing their path toward adulthood. Some of these opportunities will require a high school diploma, others may demand a background of skills or training. Either way, emerging adults should have a plan for the future, so they are set up for long-term success.
Adult literacy programs are designed to address several important learning areas, including writing, reading, basic math and cultural competency. These programs not only help to support individual success. When more adults in Stark County are literate, the community sees reductions in crime and substance use as well as improved public health and employment rates.Read more
High schoolers who are interested in the armed services may participate in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or JROTC. This program was established by the U.S. Armed Forces and promotes the values of citizenship and public service as well as the importance of leadership skills. While future military commitment is not required, many JROTC members go on to enlist or continue ROTC participation in college. Learn more about young adult educational opportunities for students who are considering military service.Learn more
Career and technical education programs prepare students with work-based learning opportunities and academic experience in a variety of fields. These courses are based in local high schools, community centers and technical schools around Stark County. Upon completion, students are equipped with the skills they need to pursue careers in advanced technical fields that require specialized training.Read more
Whether you are a young person looking for a part-time job, a parent who is out of work or an individual with disabilities planning for independence, resources are available to help you navigate the job search.Read more
Programs are available to help adults in Stark County learn English as a second language (ESL). By developing skills for writing, reading and speaking, individuals are better able to communicate with their peers, employers and other members of the community. Learn about the language assistance services offered near you.Read more
Nontraditional students who have not received a high school diploma can pursue similar credit through a High School Equivalence Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Equivalency Development (GED) program. These courses allow students to apply for jobs or pursue a college degree that would otherwise require a high school diploma.Read more