When it comes to training for a new career, you have many, many choices—especially when it comes to career and technical schools. How do you find the one that’s right for you? In this article, we list six important steps great technical schools like Altierus Career College take to ensure their students find the right program for their needs, complete it, and graduate equipped for job market success.
Understand the Local Job Market
Good career and technical colleges will perform research and outreach to really understand what their community needs from its workers. This informs the programs they offer and the skills taught in those programs.
At Altierus Career College, students benefit from program offerings that are aligned with local job market needs, thanks to our partnerships with a range of area employers. Students know that the programs we offer fit the employment needs of the local community, from the overall field of study to the technical and “soft” skills taught in the program.
We also look at the wider job market to determine which occupations have healthy job growth projections, so we can offer students training opportunities linked to careers that are likely to enjoy stable demand for some time to come. That’s why our program offerings focus on skilled trades and healthcare careers.
Finally, we make sure our students are plugged into their local job market, too. One-on-one career advising starts at the very beginning of our programs. Students can get help writing resumes, tailoring cover letters, and practicing interview skills. They can also connect to networking events, interview opportunities with employer partners, or other resources that may lead to job offers.
Align with the Latest Industry Standards
A good technical college will also be aware of the latest industry standards in each program field they offer and develop courses that help students meet or exceed those standards. For example, students can pursue industry certification or licensure as part of several of our programs, including our Medical Assistant diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing, HVAC diplomas, Medical Billing and Coding diploma, and more.
Licensure preparation includes using industry-standard equipment and tools in classes, teaching concepts covered by the certification or licensure body, offering practice exams, and covering test fees in the cost of tuition. We also obtain programmatic accreditation or approval for our training offerings if it’s necessary to help students qualify for their exams.
Design Programs for Today’s Students
Nowadays, not all students come to a career or technical college right out of high school. Many students who attend Altierus are likely to be balancing family and current job obligations along with school. That’s why we’ve designed programs that make training for a new career more accessible.
First, thanks to a combination of online coursework and on-campus classes, students may only need to come to campus one or two days a week, depending on the program they pursue with us. (An exception is if they’re completing an externship or clinical experience—those students will need to be in-person more than once a week.)
Next, our programs are formatted to help students enter the job market faster. Our shortest programs last just eight months, while our longest take about two years.
Hire Experienced Instructors Who Love to Teach
Great technical schools know that it’s not just what students learn that prepares them for the workforce—it’s who they learn it from. Our students take classes taught by industry-experienced professionals who have a proven passion for helping train the next generation of workers in their field.
Faculty members with the right background can connect material from their courses to real-world examples. They can provide insight about what to expect on the job hunt and on the job site. And, because they’ve been there and done that, they can encourage students when challenges crop up.
Provide Clear Guidance About Financing
Attending a career and technical school is an investment of money as well as time. A great school will ensure students have the right information they need to make informed decisions about paying for their program.
At Altierus, we offer all-inclusive tuition. This means that the price of our programs includes all books and fees, as well as other equipment or materials students may need, such as school-branded scrubs for healthcare programs. We also provide laptops for all students, ensuring they have a dedicated computer they can use to access their online coursework.
Our students also have access to advisors who can help them understand how to apply for federal financial aid programs for which they may qualify, including veterans’ benefits. Plus, we offer institutional scholarships and grants to help make the cost of their program even more manageable.
Create Communities That Care
Finally, the most important thing a great career and technical college can do for students is build a supportive, inspiring community. Our three Altierus campuses are a wonderful example of what that looks like, with an internal social media network where the campus community can connect, a peer ambassador program, and special campus events. We can also help students connect to local resources that can help make their education journey run more smoothly.
Making the decision to train for a new career takes courage. Find a school that will help you keep that courage alive from the day you enroll to the day you graduate—and beyond.
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