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College & Career

Depending on what career or college plans your kids have, high school can be the most difficult part of their homeschool experience. At this stage it isn't just making sure they learn what they're supposed to—schoolwork must be transcripted, credit hours accounted for, often a job and classes must be balanced, and if the student plans on going to college they'll have to study for and take entrance exams.

Thirty years ago there was almost no literature to help parents or students pursuing high school at home. Fortunately that's changing, though many of the books take (in our opinion) too standard an approach, simply guiding students through the getting-into-college process because everyone knows that all Americans are supposed to go to college.

While college is certainly the best option for some students, it's not for everyone. If you don't have a clear goal in mind before starting freshman classes (you want to be a doctor, an English professor, or an engineer), chances are you'll end up with a four-year degree, massive debt, and working a job you don't care about or even like. For those going to college because they don't know what else to do, there are other options.

Traditionally, those without the wherewithal to attend a higher education have opted for trade school or apprenticeship, two options that remain easily obtainable. Entrepeneurship is increasingly a possibility in the days of mass communication and social networking, and as kids raised in the Digital Age are equipped with almost innate technological skills.

But just as college isn't for everyone, neither are trades. Many careers require college degrees (and beyond), and there is benefit in attending college (if you can afford it) simply to obtain a higher level of education. Unfortunately, secular institutions are increasingly unsuitable places for young students to study. As Christianity is marginalized more and more, paganism and humanism are seducing students from the faith of their childhood.

We suggest two options: Christian college, or distance learning. Christian universities like George Fox, Corban, Hillsdale and New St. Andrews are committed to providing top-notch education from a biblical perspective. Typically such schools focus on the humanities, though there are some (like LeTourneau University in Texas) that offer degrees in math and the sciences.

Distance learning is harder work in some ways because the student doesn't just go to classes. Instead, he takes CLEP tests, online classes and exams, finds alternative ways to earn credit, and basically completes degree requirements at an accelerated pace and without leaving home. This is an excellent option for those wanting to pursue a career that requires a degree but isn't dependent on it—Accelerated Distance Learning by Brad Voeller is an excellent resource.

Whatever path you and your student decide to take, make sure you preface it with consideration and prayer. If your kid wants to become a mechanic, don't force him to get a liberal arts degree at the local university; if he wants to teach philosophy or become a neurosurgeon, however, help him discover the best way to accomplish that goal. The books in this section are designed to help you make these decisions, and once you have, to help you realize the objectives you establish.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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2013-2017 High School 4 Year Planner
Well-Planned Day
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Well-Planned Day (Location: B11-04C)
$4.00 (21 in stock)
2014-2018 High School 4 Year Planner
Well-Planned Day
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Well-Planned Day (Location: B11-04C)
$12.00
2015-2016 College/University Planner
Well-Planned Day
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for College
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
2015-2016 High School Planner
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Well-Planned Day (Location: B11-04C)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
2016-2017 High School Planner
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Well-Planned Day (Location: B11-04C)
$6.00 (7 in stock)
2016-2020 High School 4 Year Planner
Well-Planned Day
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
in Well-Planned Day (Location: B11-04C)
$17.48
2017-2018 College/University Planner
Well-Planned Day
by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
from Home Educating Family Publishing
for College
in Well-Planned Day (Location: B11-04C)
$15.95
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
2nd edition from Free Press
for 10th-Adult
in Success & Leadership (Location: C08-06C)
$11.17
Accelerated Distance Learning
by Brad Voeller
from Global Learning Strategies
for 10th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
$8.00 $4.00 (2 in stock)
Already Compromised
by Ken Ham, Greg Hall, Britt Beemer
from New Leaf Press
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Already Compromised
by Ken Ham, Greg Hall, Britt Beemer
from Master Books
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Amusing Ourselves to Death
by Neil Postman
from Penguin Putnam
for 11th-Adult
in Culture & Discernment (Location: C08-02D)
Angels in the Architecture
by Doug Wilson & Doug Jones
from Canon Press
for 11th-Adult
in Art & Culture (Location: C08-02A)
$12.75 $6.30 (2 in stock)
Best of the 2006 Entrepreneurial Bootcamp
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$70.00 $25.00 (1 in stock)
Bookkeeping Made Simple
by David A. Flannery
from Broadway Books
for 11th-Adult
in Consumer & Career Math (Location: B08-06B)
$8.50 $4.50 (2 in stock)
Business by the Book
by Larry Burkett
2nd edition from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 11th-Adult
in Christian Vocation (Location: C08-06A)
Business By the Book
by Larry Burkett
Expanded from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Centrality of the Home - CD
by Voddie Baucham
from Vision Forum
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$4.90
Christian View of Vocation
by Terry Applegate
from Ross House Books
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$0.75
Christianity 9 to 5
by Michael A. Zigarelli
1st edition from Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
College without Compromise
by Scott & Kris Wightman
from Homeschool Sampler
for 11th grade-Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
College Without the Campus
by Hillary Harshman
from Leaning Linden Books
for 9th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
$16.95
Common Sense Business for Kids
by Kathryn Daniels & Anthony Maybury
from Bluestocking Press
for 6th-10th grade
in Uncle Eric books (Location: B12-05E)
$6.27
Complete-A-Sketch Advanced CD-ROM
from Insight Technical Education
in Complete-A-Sketch Technical Art (Location: ART-01D)
Creating Portfolios
by Martin Kimeldorf
from Free Spirit Publishing
for 6th-9th grade
in Life Skills for Kids (Location: CPB-06B)
$2.10 (1 in stock)
Crossroads
by Colin Creel
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Christian Vocation (Location: C08-06A)
$9.09 $4.90 (1 in stock)
Developing the Leader Within You
by John C. Maxwell
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for Adult
in Success & Leadership (Location: C08-06C)
$11.89 $7.00 (1 in stock)
Don't Make Me Think
by Steve Krug
2nd edition from New Riders
for 9th-Adult
in Career Planning (Location: C08-06B)
$27.00
E Myth Revisited
by Michael E. Gerber
2nd edition from HarperCollins
for 10th-Adult
in Career Planning (Location: C08-06B)
$14.69
Every Good Endeavor
by Tim Keller
from Dutton Adult
for Adult
in Christian Vocation (Location: C08-06A)
$18.95
Every Good Endeavor
by Timothy Keller
from Riverhead Books
for Adult
in Christian Vocation (Location: C08-06A)
$13.50
Everything Career Tests Book
Everything series
by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn & Robin Holt
from Adams Media Corp.
for 10th-Adult
in Career Planning (Location: C08-06B)
$11.19
Finding a Job You Can Love
by Ralph T. Mattson and Arthur F. Miller, Jr.
from P&R Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Finding the Career That Fits You
by Larry Burkett & Lee Ellis
from Moody Press
for 11th-Adult
in Career Planning (Location: C08-06B)
$23.00 $12.00 (2 in stock)
Fish Out of Water
by Abby Nye
from New Leaf Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
God at Work
by Gene Veith
from Crossway Books
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
$9.00 $3.00 (1 in stock)
God at Work
by Gene Veith
2nd edition from Crossway Books
for 11th-Adult
in Christian Vocation (Location: C08-06A)
$11.19
Gospel at Work
by Greg D. Gilbert, Sebastian Traeger
from Zondervan
for Adult
in Christian Vocation (Location: C08-06A)
$11.89
Growing Up Christian - CD
Canon Press Audio Series
by Doug Wilson
from Canon Press
for 4th-Adult
in Canon Audio (Location: C01-01B)
$7.80
High School Handbook
by Mary Schofield
7th edition from Christian Home Educators Press
for 7th-12th grade
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
$19.99
Home School, High School, and Beyond
by Beverly Adams-Gordon
6th edition from Castlemoyle Books
for 9th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Home School, High School, and Beyond
by Beverly Adams-Gordon
7th edition from Castlemoyle Books
for 9th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
$19.97
Home Schooler's High School Journal
by Ferg N' Us Services
from Ferg N' Us Services
for 9th-12th grade
in Lesson Planners (Location: B11-04C)
$10.95
How Should We Then Live?
by Francis A. Schaeffer
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Philosophy (Location: C08-01B)
How To Stay Christian in College
by J. Budziszewski
New Edition from NavPress
for 9th-12th grade
in Growing Up Christian (Location: C03-03B)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This
by Julie Jansen
1st edition from Penguin Press
for Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Idols for Destruction
by Herbert Schlossberg
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in Culture & Discernment (Location: C08-02D)
$16.80
Investigating Career Paths
from Basic Skills
for 10th-12th grade
in Career Planning (Location: C08-06B)
Joy at the End of the Tether
by Doug Wilson
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in Bible Commentaries (Location: C07-03A)
$7.00
Lemonade to Leadership - Set
by Bonnie Drew
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 3rd-8th grade
in Success & Leadership (Location: C08-06C)
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