Computer Science Beyond High School

While doesn’t offer post-secondary courses, we encourage students to consider opportunities our partners and generous donors are providing to take your love of computer science beyond graduation.

Choosing your career path and program

Choosing a career path

You can jumpstart your career in tech by majoring in a field of computer science at college or finishing a certificate program. Look at programs such as computer science, information technology, information systems, data science, application programming, etc.

Not sure about studying computer science? Try a course! No matter what you end up studying, CS is a useful skill to have these days. If you’re in college learn more about what your school offers by signing up for an introductory course in computer science. Or, if you’re not in school, take a free online course.

Alternatives to the college pathway

Heading straight to university isn’t for everyone. If you aren’t planning on attending college, there are still ways to begin a meaningful career in computer science.

Continue your learning with these partners:

Offerings available from our donors:

If you do want to continue your education through a degree program, there are loans and scholarships available that can help you finance a degree. Or, new college programs such as Make School that allow students to attend college at no cost and only pay tuition after getting a job that pays at least $60K/year. When deciding whether to invest time and money in a program, look at their outcome data for previous students.

Mentorship programs and community

Connect and network with others in the CS space through events and programs.

There are also national community groups designed to create supportive communities including: The Society of Women Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Systers.

Free online courses

Whether you’re sure about a career in computer science, or still exploring, taking one of these online courses will expand your learning while also showing you what studying CS beyond high school could look like.

In addition to traditional courses, you can build professional skills in web development with The Odin Project, a free, open source curriculum or Codecademy, an online learning environment with free courses available in many different languages.

Internships and work opportunities

Check-out work experiences being offered by some of the leading tech companies.

Internships and Work Opportunities: