College, Career & Life Readiness

Choose Your Path: Enroll, Employ, Enlist, Explore
  • Planning for life after high school starts long before Senior year. Finding the right career takes time, planning, and exploring throughout all grade levels. The College, Career, & Life Readiness (CCLR) team supports community leaders, school staff, & families to prepare students for life after high school.

    Our vision is to create a robust college & career-going experience, in which all students are prepared for one of the four post-secondary pathways: Enroll, Enlist, Employ or Explore.   

    As a part of the BCPS Strategic Plan, we want to challenge, empower, and inspire our students to see their education as an adventure both inside and out of the classroom. We want students to discover the different paths to exciting destinations and to confidently craft the path to their futures.

    There are 4 main paths students may choose to take after high school. We call these paths the 4 E's—
    Enroll, Enlist, Employ & Explore!

  • Enroll

    Begin your pathway to Enroll in College!

    Students interested in the Enrollment pathway are wanting to continue their education after high school. Each type of school will open up different doors, so it is important to research and make a choice based on your goals and interests.

    Review the major options for earning a degree after high school:

    • Colleges and Universities offer different programs depending on the goal of the student.
      • Students can choose to earn a 2-year Associate’s degree, which can help build a body of knowledge that can prepare students for a career or further education.
      • Students can also complete a 4-year Bachelor’s degree to prepare them for work in fields like business, engineering, and teaching. They can also continue on to graduate school for careers in medicine, law or other fields. 
    • Technical Colleges offer certifications or licenses in specialized programs and typically take two years or less to finish. They prepare students for the specific career that they want, so students would only take classes related to their career interest. 

    Students interested in the Enrollment pathway should also consider the Dual Enrollment and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which give students the opportunity to earn college credits while completing High School.

    If this seems like the path for you, begin your college search and talk to your BRACE Advisor about the application process.

    Now is a great time to also apply for scholarships! And, if you are interested in getting FREE MONEY for college, be sure to complete the FAFSA!

  • Enlist

    Begin your pathway to Enlist in the US military! 

    Students interested in the Enlistment pathway want to serve their country by joining the US military. There are 6 branches of the US military:

    Each branch offers a wide variety of occupations and provides on-going training that can eventually translate to civilian work. 

    If this seems like the path for you learn more about enlistment and talk to your BRACE Advisor about meeting with a recruiter.

  • Employ

    Begin your pathway to Employment!

    Students interested in the Employment pathway are ready to join the workforce. There are many jobs available for students who have just graduated high school. To increase earning potential, students should consider exploring apprenticeship programs, which provide on-the-job training and education while earning a wage. Volunteering is also a good way to get experience in fields of interest and could be used to boost one’s resume.

    If this seems like the path for you learn more about potential careers and talk to your BRACE Advisor about volunteer and apprenticeship opportunities.

  • Explore

    Begin your pathway to Exploration!

    Students interested in the Exploration pathway may want to take a short break from school or want to increase their skills before starting a career. This break is called a gap year, a set amount of time for planned practical learning. A gap year gives students time to explore their interests while planning their career or academic options. Students can choose a gap year program based on their next steps and the experience they gain from a gap year can be used on college applications and job resumes.

    Some students/families don’t think about taking a gap year due to finances, but most gap year programs offer financial aid with FAFSA. Students can even start a gap year program with scholarships.

    If this seems like the path for you learn more about taking a gap year and talk to your BRACE Advisor about finding a program.

Contact Information

  • College, Career & Life Readiness

    1400 NW 14th Ct

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33311

    Phone: 754-321-1675

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    Dr. Daniel Shapiro