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How to Choose the Right
School for You

and meet with the school administrator and instructors, if possible. Ask about placement services and placement rates and for the names and telephone numbers of previous graduates. Talk to students presently in their classes. Previous students dissatisfied with the training offered may have contacted the State/Accrediting commission. Contact them and ask about recent complaints and how they were resolved. The school's catalog should have the address and telephone number of the State/Accrediting commission. You may also contact the State Department of Education. [-]

What is a "Career School"?

a career school is an educational institution designed to prepare students for work in a specific profession (auto mechanic, hair dresser, medical technician, etc.). They typically provide job-specific academic coursework, occupation-specific training, and work-based learning, and internships. They may be secondary or post-secondary educational institutions, and they may be public, private non-profit or private for-profit schools. Career schools provide courses of study that may lead to an industry-recognized credential or certification or a traditional degree such as an associate or bachelor's degree [-]

Accreditation: What It
Is And Why It Matters to You

quality standards set by regional and national private education associations. All educational institutions, including vocational schools, are required to undergo the accreditation process on a regular basis to ensure they maintain their standards. The U.S. Department of Education publishes a list of schools that it recognizes as authorities on accreditation. Accrediting agencies must also pass a review by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. You can search for recognized accrediting agencies on the Department of Education's website. [-]

Free Career Resources

provides detailed information on over 20 occupation groups, including some of the ones resulting from certificates. In this handbook, you'll find statistics on career training and education requirements, job prospects, earnings potential, day-to-day duties, working conditions, and more. To start exploring careers, visit the bls.gov website now. [-]

The Future of Online Education

of American Colleges 2011 found most colleges -- ranging from 61 percent of liberal arts colleges to 82 percent of community colleges -- offer online courses. In addition, the Babson study found 65 percent of chief academic officers said online education is critical to the long-term strategy of their institution. As online courses continue to grow in number and quality, it is likely more students will say good-bye to the classroom and hello to the computer screen when it comes to getting a degree. Who are online students? They are students looking for a flexible learning experience. And maybe, one day, they will include you. [-]