Career and Vocational Training

At DNHS we encourage all students to continue their education after high school:  vocational training, community college, or 4 year college. In today's marketplace, it pays to have a special skill in terms of income and continued employment.  See the benefits of higher education here!.   

Students are eligible for employment beginning at age 14, and must have a work permit as long as they are in high school and under 18 years old.  More information is below.


Career Information

California Career Zone    The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program in the California Department of Education provides career development information and resources to support development of the critical career self-management skills necessary for success in today's world of work. Counselors perform classroom workshops throughout the year.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH):  The Bureau of Labor Statistics OOH website (Click Here) is the Nation's premier source for career information.  The OOH covers hundreds of occupations and students can search by area of interest, pay rate, job duties, and more.  Each career profile also include the BLS employment projections for the 2010-20 decade.  


Work Permits: Students are eligible to workbeginning at age 14 and must have a work permit if they are employed and are under 18 while in high school.  During the school year work permit applications are available in E-1; during the summer they are available at the DNCUSD District Office.  Additional information about work permits is available on the California Department of Industrial Relations website and our "Frequently Asked Questions About Work Permits" flyer.  Juniors and seniors working at least 8 hours per week are eligible for the Work Experience class.  Students must meet with the Work Experience teacher before school once a week and submit time cards and weekly assignments.  Work Experience Work Permits allow students to work more hours per week, later at night, and during school hours.

In Order to keep a work permit, students must maintain a 2.0 gpa, have no more than one F, and have 95% attendance or better.  

California Career Center: This website has an incredible wealth of information for students and parents/guardians.  The California Career Center (CalCC) is your career planning website with tools to help students map their future, whether they are looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military, or other options.  This site has information for anyone interested in developing career self-management skills necessary in today's world of work.


ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test Battery (ASVAB) is offered twice a year, every year at DNHS.  This year, we will be testing in the Library on October 5, 2017 & February 15, 2018 @ 8 a.m. Students must be academically eligible to sign up for testing, with priority given to juniors and seniors.  To gain entrance into the military service, you must obtain a minimum qualifying score on the ASVAB—your AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test) score. Your AFQT score predicts your potential for training in military occupations. Students may also use their ASVAB results online in a career exploration program.  The dates for ASVAB testing at DNHS are listed on the annual Test Schedule. Click here to access a handout on how the AFQT is calculated and the minimum AFQT scores for each branch of service.


ASSIST:  Students can find information about a specific major, search for majors that interest them, or explore all of the majors at the CSU and UC campuses.  From the list of majors, students can click the link directly to that college major webpage. ASSIST is also an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another (i.e., general education transfer plans for each community college to CSUs/UCs). ASSIST provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California. Go Here for more information 



Education Pays flyer from the US Department of Labor describes the average weekly earnings by education level as well as the average unemployment rates.  Statistically workers can expect to earn 16% more for each year of college completed. Education pays.



Vocational Training Information  


The US Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center has resources to locate vocational training programs nationwide as well as their cost.  


The California Community College Chancellor's Office website () has a search box for "By Academic Program" which includes its vocational majors and certificates.  Type in your vocational interest and click on "Find My College" for a map with links to all California community colleges offering that program.


California Virtual Campus:   The California Virtual Campus provides complete, timely, and accurate information about online courses and programs in California higher education.  Students can access links to exploring careers and colleges, financial aid information, applying to California community colleges, planning college classes, writing a resume, and preparing for transfer to a 4 year college.  The California Virtual Campus is a project funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office by a grant to the Butte-Glenn Community College District.


Job Corps:  Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.



AmeriCorps: Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!   In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.


California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association:   This association's website has a wealth of information on vocational apprenticeship programs in California, including Carpentry, Electrician, Firefighting, Meat Cutting, Plumbing, Sheetmetal Working, and many more.  A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, depending on the trade you select; have dexterity, mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team; want to earn a living wage and good benefits; and want the opportunity to advance in your career.


Undocumented students may be eligible for a work permit under the US Citizenship and Immigration Services "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."  For more information, forms, and instructions, please visit the USCIS website.  DNHS Counseling Office can provide you with the school documentation to establish the entry date into DNCUSD schools.


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