In this episode of Better Careers, Better Lives, we are honored to be joined by Julie Lammers, Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at American Student Assistance (ASA). Julie details how through ASA's mission to pave "a path for every student," they enable 6-12th grade students to explore their post-secondary education years before high school graduation. Julie details that ASA's strategy begins with career exploration in middle school and aligns students' passions with possible career paths. Post-middle school, the non-profit pairs students' passions with work-based learning such as apprenticeships or on-the-job training to get a feel for their future career path. While a four-year college degree may be for some, ASA is broadening the meaning of "post-secondary education," which focuses on furthering all students' education, whether in a trades school, apprenticeship program, or university.