The question I hear asked most often by people who want to start on their way to a college degree is, "What do I do now?" My answer to that question is: "Follow the steps below."
There's nothing to prevent you from just diving in and registering at any accredited school for whatever course strikes your fancy. But ask yourself a few questions first:
"What course am I going to take after I finish this one? And the next one? And the one after that?"
"Am I planning to get a degree from this school?"
If not, "Are the credits I earn at this school going to be transferable to the school I want to get my degree from?"
Just as it's a good idea to have a map before starting out on a long trip, it's a good idea to have a well-thought-out plan for getting your degree. The steps below might add another month to your decision to start taking courses, but spending that time now will help you avoid a lot of wasted time and effort down the road.
STEP #1 – Take College 101 course.
STEP #2 – Figure out what you want a degree for.
STEP #3 – Determine want you want to major in.
STEP #4 – Find colleges/universities which offer degrees in your desired major.
STEP #5 – Request transcript from Coast Guard Institute.
STEP #6 – Request degree plans from your chosen school(s).
STEP #7 – Pick your first course.