Why should I go to a career college instead of a two- or four-year school?
A career training college offers specialized job training, whereas two- and four-year schools offer a curriculum that includes liberal arts, math, and science in addition to career-oriented courses. Career schools' programs are generally short-term, hands-on programs that prepare students for entry-level work in their chosen field. Many career training schools work closely with local employers to ensure their graduates are prepared to take on the jobs in the local area.
What kinds of programs do career schools offer?
Career training schools offer a wide variety of programs, including:
- Allied Health, including medical assistant, medical coding and billing, medical office administration, sonography
- Information Technology, including computer programming and web development
- Automotive Repair
- Culinary Arts
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR)
How long are the programs offered by career training schools?
Every program is different, but in general, career training programs are designed to be very short term in nature. You could easily complete a certificate program in six months and start working in your field right away. The main idea behind career training is that it should be short term programs that concentrate on just the skills and knowledge needed for the anticipated career.
Can I get financial aid?
Many career schools participate in financial aid programs. Some offer federal and state aid, while others work with private loan sources. Many also offer payment plans, and some even offer scholarships. During the admissions process, check with your admissions representative about the school's financial aid programs. Most schools have dedicated financial aid officers who will work with you one-on-one to put together a financial aid package.
Will I be able to get help in finding a job after graduation?
Absolutely. Career training schools typically have excellent career services departments who work with students from their first day of class to help them create resumes and cover letters, master job searching skills, and refine their interview technique. Career schools often have close relationships with area employers and will post notices of job openings and even arrange for interviews.
What kind of degree will I earn?
Career training programs generally lead to a certificate or diploma. Some schools may also offer the option to go all the way to an associate's degree. Most programs are very similar, although they will offer different degrees under different names.