When College Isn’t an Option – Vocational Schools Fill the Void
For literally generations, a college degree was held in the highest esteem and this is what parents and educators alike primed students to achieve. While a college degree and even advanced masters and doctorates are still highly sought after, trade and vocational schools are still a viable option for those students not wishing or able to attend college. Here are some ways in which vocational schools offer students alternatives to the traditional concept of higher education.
Cost of Trade/Vocational Schools vs. College
Perhaps the biggest reason why so many students opt out of a college degree is cost. Even with scholarships, grants and student loans, the cost of attending even a two-year Associate’s Degree program is more than many can handle comfortably going forward. Consider the fact that an average trade/vocational school costs about $30k or less while a Bachelor’s Degree averages over $127k at the current rate of average tuitions. Then there are the differences in cost between private and public colleges as well!
Not only can a student spend $94,000 less to learn a career, but many of today’s tech related jobs can be learned at a certificate level, and these jobs are some of the most highly sought after as well as the most lucrative. Consider a career in healthcare. Did you know that medical scribes are in high demand and this up-and-coming field is accessible via certification after completion of a medical scribe program? When you weigh cost vs. career opportunities, sometimes a certificate literally pays more in the end, all things considered.
Time Spent Preparing to Enter the Workforce
Many times, a student is simply itching to enter the workforce as quickly as humanly possible. Sometimes it’s a matter of need. Low income high school graduates not only don’t have money to pay for a college education and are unwilling to go into major debt financing it, but they also need to bring money in as quickly as possible. The average certificate program can run anywhere from six months to two years at the upper end, and this is why so many students enter trade schools.
Career Placement Opportunities
When it’s time to graduate college, you are, for the most part, on your own when it comes to finding a job. The number of college graduates unable to find placement in their chosen field is phenomenal and again, one of the leading reasons why so many students opt for a certificate program. Trade and vocational schools typically offer job placement resources and have notoriously placed the majority of their graduates in jobs within the field of their study. A college or university, on the other hand, may write a letter of recommendation or commendation, but most will not match students with industries seeking help in that field.
In the end, there are a number of reasons why so many students are now seeking certificates from accredited trade schools rather than degrees and it is estimated that going forward through this first half of the 21st Century, careers by certificate will almost assuredly triple in number.