Preston High graduates have a variety of post-graduate plans

KINGWOOD — Preston High’s Class of 2018 has plans to enter a variety of fields after graduation.

A total of 262 seniors earned their diplomas, including six Mountaineer ChalleNGe  Academy cadets.

Of those graduates, 248 responded to a survey conducted by school guidance counselors on their plans for the future.

Among the respondents, 49 percent said they plan to attend a four-year college or university. Most — 45 percent of the 49 — said they have chosen an institution within West Virginia. The other 4 percent plan to go to a four-year institution outside the state.

WVU was the top in-state choice for those headed to four more years of education. More than 30 percent of those responding said they plan to attend the state’s flagship university. The second most common choice was Fairmont State University, where 19 percent plan to attend.

Another 12 percent are looking at two-year colleges, and 10 percent are looking at state schools.

For the two-year colleges and technical schools, 7 percent of grads say they plan to attend Pierpont Community and Technical College, 6 percent MTEC and 5 percent the Potomac State College campus of WVU.

Six percent of PHS grads said they plan to attend a career or technical center, 17 percent are looking for jobs or an apprenticeship, 8 percent plan to join the military and 8 percent had other plans.

Graduates received a total of $2.1 million in scholarships, the guidance office said at graduation.

Top career choices among  grads  responding to the survey were nursing, other science or health-related fields, business related fields, education, law enforcement, criminal justice, the military, electrical fields, engineering and mechanics.

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