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Career and Technical Education—A New Way Forward after COVID-19?

Posted Friday, Aug 21, 2020 by Altierus

The coronavirus crisis has impacted every sector of the economy. In the U.S., this has led to job losses on a scale not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Since the start of the crisis, as many as one in four U.S. workers has filed for unemployment for the first time—some 40 million people.[i] In fact, according to Glassdoor.com, more people have filed for unemployment during the three months of the COVID-19 crisis than filed for unemployment during the entire 18 months of the 2008-2010 Great Recession.[ii]

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Businesses are slowly beginning to re-open and hire again. In May, leisure and hospitality led the rebound in hiring, followed by construction, health care and retail.[iii] However, the shockwaves from the crisis are likely to continue reverberating through job markets for quite some time.

If you’re thinking of changing your career in this post-coronavirus world, you may be looking into going to college. At Altierus Career College, we believe that career and technical education (CTE) is one great option you should consider as you research your options. Here’s why.

Shorter Programs

Most CTE training programs are post-secondary diplomas or associate degree programs. This means you’ll spend less time training than you would if you pursued a four-year degree at a traditional college or university. At Altierus, for example, we offer several diploma programs you can complete in as few as nine months of study. As a result, you can be ready to pursue a new career path faster.

Lower Debt Potential

Shorter programs also mean you’re unlikely to spend as much as you would at a traditional four-year school. At Altierus, we offer financial aid to qualifying students that includes scholarship opportunities. We also aim to provide all-inclusive training, with equipment, certification exam costs, and even iPads covered in tuition.

Some CTE Fields of Study Weathered the Last Recession Well

An analysis by economic writer Cameron Huddleston used historical data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to see which industries were least impacted by the last recession, and which jobs in those industries saw the lowest decline.

Healthcare was the least-damaged industry overall. Skilled trade and service was also on the list.[iv] Both of these industries hire workers who train in CTE programs. In fact, two of the occupations mentioned in Huddleston’s analysis, medical assistant and HVAC technician, are programs offered at all three Altierus Career College campuses.

CTE Colleges Understand “Non-Traditional” Students

If you’re not just out of high school, you may be worried that college isn’t for you. Fortunately, CTE providers like Altierus have long worked with students who hold jobs and have family or other responsibilities beyond the classroom.

As an Altierus student, you’ll take a blend of online and on-campus coursework, so that you don’t have to travel to campus every day. We also have resources such as tutoring in place to help you stay on track academically. We aim to make attending class as accessible as possible—and as safe as possible, too, given the current public health situation.

Support for Your Career Search, Now and Later

Finally, CTE programs really are focused on getting students into careers. At Altierus, we develop our training programs with industry input and constantly make changes to ensure we’re teaching you the knowledge and skills employers in our communities need now. We also offer career advising for current students, new graduates and alumni designed to help you put your best foot forward in your job search.

When you pursue CTE with us, you don’t just graduate with a qualification—you graduate with a team behind you that’s ready to support your success. Nowadays, we could all use that kind of personal support.

Get Started with Altierus Career College

Ready to make the most of these challenging times? Contact Altierus Career College to learn more about our campuses and training programs today!


[i] https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/28/economy/unemployment-benefits-coronavirus/index.html

[ii] https://www.glassdoor.com/research/ui-claims-may-21/

[iii] https://www.glassdoor.com/research/may-2020-bls-jobs-report/

[iv] https://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-industries-recession-proof-090000429.html

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