Career and Technical Education

Stop 1: Career and Technical Education

While a two-year or four-year degree program may be a practical path toward a career for some students, if you're interested in pursuing a career in health care, information technology, business, arts or mechanical occupations, there are more efficient paths to fulfill your professional qualifications. That doesn’t mean you can’t continue your education at some point and earn your associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree. But why wait if you don’t have to?

What is vocational/career training?
Vocational training is typically a hands-on program that focuses on one specific area or field of study. For instance, if you enroll in a diesel mechanic or medical assistant program, you'll focus on the knowledge and skills that employers require. This is why vocational and career training programs are typically shorter and less costly than many traditional degree programs.

Career college training offers many benefits:
• Shorter programs and focused training
• Class schedule flexibility (especially helpful for working students)
• Connections with local employers after training is completed
• Financial aid options often available for students

If you want to explore career college training, keep moving down the road …


After you make the decision to pursue career education or vocational training, you need to choose the right program. Find out how.

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