• DC3C is a program of the DC Special Education Cooperative.

      When you’re thinking post high school education remember, THE PURPOSE OF THIS EDUCATION IS TO PREPARE YOU FOR A CAREER!

      Schooling/Training after high school will help increase your chances of getting a job you want.

      What are my Options?

      There are a variety of post-secondary options. Some careers require more education, while others require specific training.  Check out this document that explains types of post-secondary education options.

      What is right for me?

      There is NO one right option for everyone.  You need to consider your realistic academic ability, your work ethic, your career goals and your current life situation.  If your career goal is too big right now, that’s okay, you can start taking steps to get into the field in a similar career. To select the right choice for you, you must be aware of your strengths, abilities, needs, and challenges.

      6 Questions you need to think about:

      1. What is my career goal?
      2. How much and what type of education/certification does it require?
      3. How long am I willing to be in school?
      4. Do I have the admission scores/requirements needed?
      5. Does this amount of school and time commitment make sense for me at this moment in my life?
      6. What are other options that meet my interests and my current life situation?

      See an example of what this could look like for someone who is interested in being a teacher.

      Not sure where to go to college?

      Use these interactive tools below to find out more about your college options. For the college finder, use the filters on the left-hand side to narrow your search. If you need help with those questions, go to the overview to learn more.

      College Finder ToolCollege overview

      Think College

      Think College is a national organization that improves access to higher education for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

      Am I ready?

      After high school things change. When people ask if you’re ready for college you should think about the following:

      • Academics
      • Executive Functioning
      • Motivation
      • Self-Awareness
      • Self-Advocacy
      • Money

      If you need help planning for college