jonesthecurl wrote:So my question is this:
What if someone isn't that academic, and their grades aren't that great - what colleges are possible/plausible/preferable?
More specifics would be helpful, but generally, you might look into trade schools. They run the gamut, from nursing to cooking to photography to trucking to construction, (even diving), etc. Really any "trade".
Another option might be "community colleges". However, I don't know what is available in your state. I know that you can, or at least used to be able to enroll in a lot of programs in CA that basically led to various trades. They operated as either intitial, "get your feet wet" programs for kids heading to the "big U" eventually or as "stand alone" trades programs... I remember seeing diving certifications, fire fighting, journeyman trade programs, even things like basic accounting or architecture. Its really too long a list to give.
Just did a quick search. Here is a link about the schools:http://home.cccapply.org/colleges/requirements
(wikki also has some information)http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccc ... dents.aspx
In many cases, the cost of out of state tuition is lower than in-state tuition out east here. Some even have dorms.
One thing, the quality of these schools varies HIGHLY. if you are seriously considering, ask someone who lives in CA or who has close contacts there. (I am familiar with some, can advise a bit, but its been a while since I was out there).