Enrolling in a Career College or School -
What Should You Consider?
Why enroll in a career college or school?
Career collegesand schools focus on teaching the skills needed for employment. A study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that six of the ten fastest growing occupational categories between 2004 and 2014 require less than a four-year degree. While the government forecasts that job opportunities requiring a four-year degree will increase 17 percent during this time period, it also estimates that job opportunities requiring a two-year degree will increase 19 percent.
A private career college or school may be just what you need to help you gain the skills in order to find a job or advance in your career.
Programs offered at Career Colleges and schools range master’s degrees, to bachelor’s degrees, to associate degrees, to short-term certificates and diplomas.
If you decide you want to be one of the approximately 100,000 people in Ohio who attend private career colleges or schools, you should first select what area you want to study. Pick a career you think you would enjoy. Pay attention to the pay scales of various jobs and consider your chances for advancement once you enter that type of work. You may want to seek out the advice of friends or a guidance counselor to help you assess your aptitudes.
Selecting a career college or school
When it comes time to pick a college or school, take your time and be thorough. Select the programs that best fits your needs. Visit the college’s or school's web site. Talk to people who may have attended the school. Talk to employers in area. Look at the descriptions of the classes you will be taking.
Visit the college or school. Look around to see what's going on. Does the school have good, up-to-date equipment? Is the training practical or theoretical? Ask the admissions office how many graduates are placed into jobs. Speak to a recent graduate to get a first-hand view.
Read any enrollment agreement and be sure you understand it before you sign. Get someone else to review it if you do not understand it. Also, be sure you understand the courses offered, the time frame involved and the conditions for payment.
Transfer of Credit: No matter which college you select, whether it is publicly funded college, non-profit college or a career college, transferring of college credit is always up to the receiving college. Some colleges do have written agreements with other colleges to accept their credits if students want to transfer. Ask to see this agreement if this is a concern to you.
If you have any further questions, contact the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools.
We will be happy to help you.