Not every high school student needs to go to college, and not every college grad will find a career in their field of study.
Bridging that gap is a new national movement to make high schoolers, and their parents, aware of growing vocational programs.
At Marquette Senior High School, an Olympic athlete shared his story of success with the freshman class today.
Dain Blanton won a gold medal in 2000 in beach volleyball.
He says the visit is a way for students to get some understanding of education and career options now, instead of when college applications are in the mail.
For many students, like Courtney Finkbeiner and Brooke Houle, the message hits home from a complete stranger more easily than from parents and teachers.
students were able to ask questions and get personal advice for down the road in life.