Post-Secondary Readiness

What is T-2-4 Ready?

When we are talking about T-2-4 ready, what are we really saying?  Fundamentally, a T-2-4 ready student will have achieved the academic preparedness necessary to successfully enroll in and complete the post-secondary option of their choice. That is why SBISD educators want to ensure every student graduates from high school ready to meet the challenges of a college curriculum or the demands of an increasingly knowledge-based workforce. Start planning now!

What Are My T-2-4 Options?

T Technical Training & Trade Certificates Credentials in the “T” category are commonly offered at community colleges. Students electing this path of higher education are prepared for the workforce with training in a specific trade career and/or certification in a technical field of study. Credentials in this category typically require anywhere from 14 weeks to 18 months of study and/or hands-on training. With a few exceptions, credits earned in this category are not typically transferable to a 4-year college or university.
2 2-Year Associate Degree Degrees in the “2” category are commonly offered at community colleges. Students electing this path of higher education are prepared for careers in a wide range of industry fields or use this as a starting point for transfer to a 4-year college or university. Credentials in this category typically require at least 2 years of study. Degree seekers must meet certain academic standards to earn credit for their coursework toward degree completion and must verify the transferability of coursework if planning for a 4-year degree.

Examples of 2-year degree programs include:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technician
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Programming
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Digital Gaming
  • Engineering
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technology
  • Teacher Education
4 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree Degrees in the “4” category are commonly offered at public and private 4-year colleges and universities. Students electing this path of higher education are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields as well as for continuing study for Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Credentials in this category typically require at least 4 years of study. Prospective students seeking a 4-year degree must meet certain admission criteria before enrolling in a college or university. Admission standards vary greatly among institutions across the nation. Most colleges and universities offer hundreds of degrees with the opportunity to choose from and combine different majors and minors of study.

Examples of 4-year degree programs include:

  • Marketing
  • Dance
  • Languages
  • Genetics
  • International Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sports Management
  • Leadership Studies
  • Zoology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Construction Science
  • Engineering
  • Art
M Military Training

Examples of military options:

Direct Enlistment
Students may enlist in the military at 17 with parental consent or at 18 years of age without consent. Branches of the military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps. Many branches require at least a GED for enlistment. The average service time is 4 years and most branches encourage enlisted members to continue their education while enlisted and even after being discharged from service.

Military Academies
The most competitive and rigorous route to the military. Students earn a 4-year degree upon completion. Applicants must be recommended to attend and must follow strict timelines to apply. Federal Service Academies require students to enter military service upon graduating from an Academy (US Air Force Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, US Military Academy- West Point, US Naval Academy).

ROTC Programs
ROTC programs provide students with tuition scholarships for the pursuit of a 2-year or 4-year degree while also taking ROTC courses. Students must be eligible for admission to the college/university in addition to being admitted to the ROTC program. Upon graduation from the college/university students will be required to enter active duty service for a minimum number of years as designated by the military branch.

Reserve programs offer part-time employment, training, and financial and educational benefits. A majority of those serving in the Reserves have other full-time careers or are continuing their education.

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