Career School

Career School Opportunities

A career school is a private or public vocational school for adult students to learn a particular set of skills that allows them to pursue a specific trade occupation or career path. Unlike an associate's degree, which provides general educational background, a vocational school is focused on teaching the technical skills that will prepare students for entry-level positions in their chosen field. SNAP applicants that would like to pursue a new career may benefit from enrolling in a vocational or trade school due to the low cost, fast pace and short length of the programs offered. To learn more about the courses and benefits offered by these schools, read the sections below.

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Types of Career School Programs

Career schools typically offer certificates or diplomas, but they may also offer certain types of professional licensure for required professions. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges can nationally accredit private and public trade schools, but private institutions specifically may also need to be licensed by a state's department of education in order to function as a vocational school. Some of these schools offer programs online, which is particularly advantageous for students who live.

Technical Courses

This type of program is designed to teach students skills sets that allow them to become professionals in a specific field of technology. For instance, these programs may train students to enter the automotive, artistic, information systems, computer programming or telecommunications fields. From auto mechanics to game developers, technical programs offer a wide range of courses for students to develop a particular skill set.

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Public Safety Courses

These programs are meant to train students to start careers in the policing, security and fire safety fields. Those who plan on applying for fire or police academy training typically enroll in a public safety course first in order to better prepare. Aside from the prospects of becoming police officers or firefighters, these students may also opt to work for private security companies.

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Health Care Courses

This type of program is designed to train students for health care technician jobs, which include professions such as emergency medical technician (EMT), home health aide, dental assistant, nursing aide or medical records technicians. Healthcare courses cover the basics of working in the medical field, exposing students to general medical terminology and human biology. Specialized training may also be offered by certain trade schools.

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Benefits of a Career School

Career schools may also offer courses that train students to become accountants, paralegals, real estate agents, cosmetologists, chefs, aviation technicians, home inspectors, commercial divers or plumbers. Some trade schools may extend their courses to also offer apprenticeship opportunities, which is particularly beneficial for professionals such as mechanics, electricians and massage therapists, for instance. In comparison to traditional colleges and universities, career schools have typically smaller class sizes, offer hands-on programs that focus on a particular industry and may cost significantly less. One of the most significant advantages concerning trade or vocational school programs is that they can typically be completed in less than four years, which is the average amount of time required for a bachelor’s degree to be obtained. This shorter timeframe yields significantly lower student expenses such andrent, while giving students the opportunity to recoup their investment faster. Graduates can obtain jobs in their chosen industries in less time than it would have taken them to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Differences between Traditional Schools and Career Schools

Another stark contrast between a career school diploma and a traditional university bachelor’s degree is that a vocational school can dedicate the entirety of its programs to teaching the actual set of skills students must acquire to enter a profession. To issue a bachelor’s degree, traditional colleges and universities must first expose students to a set of several core classes that may have little to do with the profession being pursued, whereas career schools offer programs that are allowed to completely focus on the industry that students would like to enter. High salaries in the range of $45,000 and $73,000 can be offered to professionals such as electricians, dental hygienists and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians, all of which are careers that students can train for in vocational school programs. In the end, professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree will earn more money, but typically also incur much more student debt in comparison to students who underwent vocational or trade schools.

What You Will Need to Enroll In Vocational School

What will be required to apply for and enroll in vocational school depends on your individual educational history. However, some requirements are universal such as identification and residency verification. For students who are leaving high school and are looking to pursue training towards a career, they can enroll in a career school using their high school transcript as proof of eligibility. If you are an adult who has not graduated from high school, you can complete a GED program to receive that compares to a high school diploma and make you eligible to enroll in vocational school. Some vocational schools offer GED programs to assist students in gaining the necessary skills to succeed in their career. Military members looking to return to school through vocational training may be able to use some of their experience in the U.S. armed forces to earn credits towards their program of choice. Additionally, you may be eligible for some financial assistance depending on your service history. It is important to ask questions concerning how you can apply credits or experience previously earned towards your vocational training. You can take the first step to advance your earning potential and begin a new and exciting career by enrolling in school.

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