Getting a good education may mean a world of difference when it comes to our prospects of finding good employment.
Vocational schools are especially popular for those of us who don’t think a four year degree course in a college is the right way to go as far as education is concerned. In this article, we’ll look at some of the things you should pay attention to when you’re looking to enroll into a vocational school of your choice.
Accreditation and LicensingAll legitimate colleges require some kind of licensing to prove their legitimacy. This is usually given by either state or private bodies mandated to do so. Accreditation of vocational schools is usually done by private education agencies or associations. This is only done after the school meets certain educational conditions to ensure that students who enroll are offered quality training. Regional accreditation is harder to get, but allows for the transfer of credits between schools. “National” accreditation is less lucrative, and you are likely not allowed to transfer credits.
Licensing on the other hand is done by the state Department of Education. In order to be on the safe side, it’s usually a good idea to ask for names and numbers of organizations which have licensed or accredited a college you’re looking to get into for verification purposes.
Program Success Rate
You’ll also need to do some basic research to find out how many students passed the course, and how many of the alumni got jobs in the industry. Additionally, you may want to research the experiences of current and past students. These pointers will give you a basic idea of the quality of education at your vocational school of choice.
Vocational colleges usually have a fee breakdown to show you what you’re paying for. However, you’ll need to know if there are any additional costs and if you pay for extras such as books, equipment, graduation and lab fees.
Finally, you’ll need to review the materials and contract provided before enrolling. If the contract doesn’t make sense, it would probably be a good idea to get in touch with an attorney for interpretation.
Following these steps may help you avoid the unscrupulous for-profit colleges and substandard education management organizations. However, it’s possible to fall victim to the tactics of these colleges – even when you’ve taken all the necessary precautions.