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The American Graduate: Getting to Work program works to bring awareness to opportunities that will lead to gainful employment in local high demand skilled career jobs for students and young adults ages 16-24, returning veterans, and adults in career transition.   

Skilled career jobs are where it's at.  You just need a high school diploma, not a 4 year degree, and some training that can take a few month or a few years.  And you can even use these great jobs to explore careers in industries that interest you and continue your education when you are ready.


Not everyone wants to sit at a desk all day.  Many skilled careers allow workers to have unique offices where they work and/or what they do can change from day to day. The  videos below show how people found great careers in local jobs though various career pathways that didn't require four years of college: Apprenticeships, VoTech School, and Learning on the Job.  Plus, their careers allow them to pursue their personal passions ranging from beauty pageants to being a professional boxer.  Check them out!..


Women find great jobs in Maritime Industries.

Meet Leena Yi, one of the rising number of women in the maritime industry.  She helps to make sure the Port of Virginia operates smoothly.


Earn while you learn!

Meet Demarcus Woods.  He has it all figured out.  Enroll in a Sheet Metal Apprenticeship program, learn a skill that can provide a great career, save money to go to college when he can afford it!


How's that for a costume change?

Kelli's job is in one of the fast moving skilled careers. As a welder she makes a great salary, which helps her balance her work, family, and a very cool interest.


All you need is a backpack, a bottle of water, and a hammer.

Grace has found a challenging and rewarding career as an HVAC technician by learning on the job.  Great Job, Great Life.


Works with his Hands, Plays with his Feet

A VoTech program led Jesse to discover a great career in autobody work!


Make a career out of your passion.

Hannah has taken her love for animals and now works with animals everyday as a Vet Tech.  Great Job, Great Life!


You can make it Happen!

In his job as a Patrol Service Officer, CJ serves his community.  Off the job, CJ can devote to his free time to turing pro.

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