What's Next? Advice for New High School Grads

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Congratulations graduates

You graduated high school!

What’s next? Do you get a job, go to college, travel the world…?

Although it seems like the choices are endless, there’s one big thing that factors in—money. Unfortunately, it’s often the driving decision behind the majority of adult decisions. But the good news is, you don’t have to go broke to get an education. Community College is an affordable choice with many different options. 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) has more than 70 degree and certificate programs, and you can start here, but you can also finish here, too. Although many students start with an associate degree and plan for university transfer, many attend for short-term career training to prepare for the local workforce. From 2 weeks to 2 years, there are many affordable possibilities outside of the typical college path. 

Plus, it is free to apply, and everyone is accepted.

We asked Felicia Ramirez-Perez, CGCC Dean of Enrollment Services, to provide advice for high school graduates who don't yet have plans made, and here’s what she shared:

1. It’s going to be okay; you're going to be okay. Even if you don't have it figured out yet, there is still time. 

2. Don't be afraid to ask for help and figure out what questions you have. 

3. Lean on people that you trust to help you and support you as you figure out what life after high school is going to look like for you. Be vulnerable and trust them. 

4. Take a chance! If you don't see yourself seeking higher education there are tons of ways to explore how interests can be turned into something more.

Dean Fe’s message is clear—you have time and options—but it’s important to take the next step. Whatever that is, CGCC is rooting for your success, with people who care and resources to help. Visit https://www.cgc.edu/admissions/new-students to learn more. 

Congratulations grads!

Did you know CGCC will be offering a bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence? The program is set to launch in fall 2025 pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission. With a bachelor’s degree in this field, you will be able to launch a high-tech career while saving money on your education and getting personalized support. Learn more at https://www.maricopa.edu/degrees-certificates/bachelors-degrees/artificial-intelligence-machine-learning-bs.