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Know Your Education Options

Do you think going back to school will take too long? You might be surprised at how many options you have.

The education options below can take a few weeks to four years to finish. Some students need more time to finish a program.

Educational OptionDescription
Online LearningYou can take one course. Or you can earn a certificate or a degree working online. For the right students, online learning makes it easier to go to school.
LicensesStates require knowledge and skills for some jobs. It is against the law to work in these jobs without a license. These workers need to keep going to school to keep up their license.
Apprenticeship ProgramsThis is a training plan based on employers' needs. Students learn skills on the job in addition to classroom time. Students are paid to learn on the job. Sometimes they are supported by trade or labor groups.
CertificateThese are academic programs that are usually completed in less than two years. These programs provide specialized training that leads to a specific job.
Associate degreeThis degree normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time college work.
Bachelor's degreeThis degree normally requires at least four but not more than six years of full-time college work.


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