Vocational schools, career schools, trade schools, technical schools, and community colleges are all post-secondary education institutions that provide a fundamental service to the local and national economies.
They serve as major resources for job preparation to high school graduates and adults in search of continuing education for job advancement and career changes. A student can earn a diploma, a certificate, or an associate degree from any number of vocational schools, trade, technical, and career schools or community colleges. Post-secondary schools train for specific careers, trades, and professions, or provide classes for satisfying personal interests.
Vocational schools and colleges train students for positions as medical assistants, computer technicians, automotive technicians, HVAC technicians, hairstylists, truck drivers, business administrators, office managers, and much more.
Before enrolling in any vocational school, students should do some basic homework. First, it is important that a school be licensed or accredited by the state in which it is located, or accredited by an agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Many organizations and businesses do not recognize non-accredited degrees. There are many schools more interested in “selling degrees” than in providing quality education. A search on the ED.gov website will help in discovering whether or not a school is accredited and operating legally. The Better Business Bureau can inform of complaints against any institution.
Choosing the right vocational training can be crucial to meeting personal career goals. Careful consideration regarding life goals and interests must be given some serious thought. Students should learn as much as possible about careers and occupations believed to be a good fit.
Natural skills, abilities, and interests can help determine professional success. Students should consider vocational schools with reputations for developing skills and for success of their graduates, and can be a prime resource for information.
Students should also review curriculums and programs of study, discuss options with high school counselors and admissions departments, as well as meet school directors to determine whether or not goals can be met before enrolling in career schools. Placement programs for graduates are services of considerable importance offered by many technical or vocational schools.
If you are interested in learning more about vocational schools, trade schools, community colleges and vocational education programs, please search our site for more information and resources.
DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERAL OVERVIEW and may or may not reflect specific practices, courses and/or services associated with ANY ONE particular school(s) that is or is not advertised on our website.
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Michael Bustamante is a staff writer for Media Positive Communications, Inc. in association with SchoolsGalore.com, your educational resource to locate schools, colleges, universities, and vocational/trade schools. Michael Bustamante may be contacted at http://www.schoolsgalore.com
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