About College Alternative
Welcome to College Alternative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for and contributing to workforce development. Our mission is to provide educational information and resources for anyone - regardless of gender, race, criminal record or disability - interested in learning about or pursuing a career that does not require a bachelor’s degree.
Do you have concerns about going into debt on your way to getting a college diploma? Or are you finding it difficult to make the most of your chosen career? If so, then College Alternative is for you.
On the podcast, we explore a variety of different careers and talk with experts who have found success in their fields. We'll explore how they did it so you can, too. We'll bring you stories of success, stories of inspiration, and stories of hard work to show you what it's really like.
If you're considering forgoing college, it doesn't have to mean a dead-end job, or an unfulfilling paycheck. There are options out there for you. With College Alternative, we'll help you find them.
Where to Start
If you're new to College Alternative, or if you aren't sure why you would want to consider foregoing a bachelor's degree, this is where to start.
- Do You Know Why You're Going to College? This article covers why you probably think you need to go to college, as well as why it may not be the best path.
- Types of Jobs Without College This article explores what your employment options will look like if you decide not to attend a 4-year college.
- Apprenticeships Explore the different registered apprenticeship programs in your state and find out the benefits to these programs.
- Listen to the Podcast Find inspiration, advice, and stories of success in a variety of fields that don't require a bachelor's degree. From farming to online retail to becoming a doula, you'll find a diverse range of careers covered.
Your Host, James Christian
Hi, I'm your host for the podcast. And actually, I did go to college. I graduated with a degree in international relations, and as you can imagine, it didn't readily lead to a relevant job. I even started on a Master's degree with the hopes that it would help a career to materialize. Eventually, I took a job that didn't require a degree at all. In the end, I lost four years of earning potential and time that I could have spent acquiring work experience and skills that translated to the real world.
I am not anti-college, but I appreciate that it's becoming more of a gamble than most people would like to admit. Getting a college degree is no longer a guarantee of financial freedom. But there are alternatives to college. In the podcast, we will explore some of those many alternatives that are available to you.
I want to show you that you have options and that you can find success.