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Where can my child go if he doesn't go to college?

I saw this segment on t.v. this morning.  They listed a book of different alternatives for kids who don't want to go to college.  Did anyone get the title of this book?

I'm at my wits end.  My 20 year old never did well in school.  He is real smart but has ADD and can't make himself do what he needs to do.  He needs a real job as he has flunked out of community college and his health insurance will end in August when he turns 21.  I was hoping this book will give him some ideas of other careers that he can pursue without college.  Currently he is working part time at a state department in the data processing field but these jobs require a 4 year college degree.  Any suggestions are welcome.
In Topics: Alternatives to college
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Danielle
Oct 28, 2010

What the Expert Says:

Hi Kaki,
I think the segment you saw was one I did for The Today Show. The book was "The Uncollege Alternative", but it has since gone out of print. You may be able to get it at the library. Otherwise, here are a few books that Amazon says are related:
http://www.amazon.com/Now-What-Persons-Choosing-Perfect/dp/0743266307/ref=pd_cp_b_2

http://www.amazon.com/What-Color-Your-Parachute-Teens/dp/1580087132/ref=pd_sim_b_6

I haven't read either, but the original "What Color Is Your Parachute" is excellent, so the teen version is probably good as well.

Best of luck,
Danielle

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KidAngel
KidAngel writes:
I needed see the segment on TV today; however, this book could be it. €œBut What If I Don€™t Want To Go To College€" by Harlow Unger. It€™s a keeper! Hope this has helped.
Best of luck to you and your Son. He€™ll find his way. Have faith!

Barbara Antinoro
Founder
Kid Angel Foundation
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kevin_edu
kevin_edu writes:
There are plenty of careers that don't require college degrees as long as your child has the necessary skill set. Contact your local Technical College, which offers vocational training that may interest your son.

Education.com has an Alternatives to College section: http://www.education.com/question/son-smart-struggling-spelling-feel-failing-him/. There are many good resources on the web, such as http://careervoyages.gov/ and www.electrifyingcareers.com.
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lagom
lagom writes:
You are not alone.  I talk to so many parents who are in this dilemma.  There are abundant job opportunities in the trades for those willing to consider them, but the "smart" kids don't even get exposed to them. My husband has been a carpenter for 35 years and still says, "I can't believe I get paid to do this" many days. He also reads more books than I do and is deeply articulate, and I have a Master's degree. We've had a bias against the trades in this culture for too long, and we deprive young people the opportunity to work with their hands. I encourage you to lead your son to a good mentor in some kind of trade.  Someone who you respect who is patient and would take your son on for free for a while and slowly work up to paying him.

If you want to see a program that gives space for young people to discover what they're passionate about BEFORE the enormous investment in college, check out www.lagomlanding.org. We've started this program to help young people and their parents when the "acceptable" post-high school options aren't working . . . for anyone.
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