Career college vs. Traditional College?

By , May 16, 2010

I’m doing a speech on Career colleges compared to traditional colleges… I need some general information…?
I’m kind of toggling back and forth between continuing in a traditional college setting and switching to a fast track college. So when assigned an informative speech, I thought what better topic than college, to help make up my mind on what I want to do. I want to know the answers to a few questions and you are all welcome to add any extra comments.
Traditional college=4 year university
Career college=Steven Henagar, Apollo, trade schools for plumbing, electricians, etc.

Which did you attend? (Please elaborate)
traditional college/career college/none/other

How long did you attend?

What was the approximate cost of schooling?

Are you happy with your choice?

Do you feel successful in your field?

What field are you in?

How long have you been in that field?

Have you obtained additional education?

What was your starting salary after completion of school?

What is it now? (roughly)

Which kind of degree would you recommend?

Was it easy for you to find a job in the related field?

If you were doing the hiring would you choose someone with a traditional diploma over someone who attended a fast track education? Why?

Thank you for your time. I am greatly appreciative.


One Response to “Career college vs. Traditional College?”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Which did you attend? (Please elaborate)
    traditional college/career college/none/other

    I attended career college.

    How long did you attend?

    1 year.

    What was the approximate cost of schooling?

    $5000.

    Are you happy with your choice?
    No.

    Do you feel successful in your field?
    I don’t work in the field for which I went though career college. The profession was not as the school portrayed it and I should have done more research but I was very desperate to go to school.

    What field are you in?
    I currently work in clerical support. I went through school to be a Personal Support Worker.

    How long have you been in that field?
    I’ve worked in clerical for two years now.

    Have you obtained additional education?
    Yes.

    What was your starting salary after completion of school?
    n/a because I don’t work in the field for which I went to career college.

    What is it now? (roughly)
    Not very much, but it’s a job.

    Which kind of degree would you recommend?
    Whatever makes you happy, but don’t settle for something that you aren’t 100% passionate about, even if it seems like it’s the “easy route”.

    Was it easy for you to find a job in the related field?
    No. I graduated with honours and still couldn’t find a job, despite the college advertising that 90% of their graduates were employed fulltime within six months.

    If you were doing the hiring would you choose someone with a traditional diploma over someone who attended a fast track education? Why?
    Not necessarily if the person was good at what they did. I don’t deny that I got a good education from career college, but I do feel mislead about the way it was presented to me when first visited the school. Unfortunately around here the career colleges seem more like a “certificate store” instead of an educational institution – the staff has a high turnover and to me, it just seemed a lot more gimmicky than normal community college.

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