Many of us may not be able to pay for a college education. Worse still, we might not have the grades required to get into a college of our choice, or to study in the field we are interested in. But, these factors shouldn’t hold us back from pursuing our dreams and a right to good education. In such cases, career and technical schools prove to be a very good option to attending college, whatever the reason may be.
Career and technical schools provide a certificate, diploma or degree, and trains you for a specific career, trade or profession. Obtaining a degree from a trade school will take two years on an average, as compared to four years in a regular college. This is because they train you only on specific skills. Also, the time spent in the classroom is less than conventional college, which means savings on tuition fees. It also gives you more time to earn, along with your ongoing education.
While a traditional degree from a public university can cost you starting from $35,000, a degree form a career school can start from as low as $5,000. However, this will depend on the type of course that you take, and will vary according to it. And though most career schools are private, these schools do have various finance options available. They also have placement services available to students, thus ensuring that a student enters the workforce as soon as they graduate. The debt incurred in education can thus be quickly repaid.
Most career schools have an open admission policy, which means anybody over 18 with a high school diploma, or a GED can enroll. However, some schools might be interested in good grades, and might even require you to take SAT or ACT. This will completely depend on the school and the type of program that you want to take. Most career and technical schools have smaller classrooms and offer more one to one interaction. They also provide internships and apprenticeships, often in association with the industry that you are soon going to enter. You also start building contacts, and start networking with businesses at the school itself.
However, before opting for a career or a technical school, there are few things that you should take into consideration. Most states require schools to have a license, and whether the school that you are looking to attend for has such license should be verified. Also, if the school is accredited by some educational agency, it means that the school follows the standards set by that agency. Thus, although schools are not required to be accredited, a school that is accredited will probably ensure that you receive a quality education. You should also confirm beforehand what the admission requirements are for the school that you are considering. All schools will have different requirements, and you should know about this before you apply to any school. You should also confirm if your coursework and your credits can be transferred to another school. This might be useful if you need to change schools for any reason, or if you want to eventually earn a traditional 4-year degree.
Finally, it’s a nice idea to visit the school in person. This will give you a fairly good idea about the facilities and if the school is right for you. Compare various schools, their pros and cons, and then finally settle for the one that you think would suit you the best.