But What If I Don't Want to Go to College?: A Guide to by Harlow Giles Unger

By Harlow Giles Unger

How one can decide an ideal inner most institution bargains mom and dad a whole advisor to each element of personal colleges. From army academies to nation day faculties, a few of the different types of colleges are coated intimately, together with: the benefits inner most colleges provide; the best way to finance deepest college schooling; tips on how to be certain a kid's academic wishes; the factors for comparing a college; the right way to make certain the monetary situation of a college; and what to appear for through the campus stopover at. additionally features a new part giving mom and dad a public-school alternative, describing magnet colleges, high-tech colleges and a handful of educational "super schools." With a completely up to date appendix on "Member colleges of the nationwide organization of self sufficient Schools."

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If a school or training program can’t teach you the skills you need to get and keep a job, it’s a poor school or program, and you shouldn’t waste your time with either. Looking at it from another point of view, vocational education is an investment. You’re going to invest a lot of time and perhaps a lot of money. So, as with any investment, it’s important to find out in advance what the return on your investment will be. There are two things to determine in evaluating any vocational education or training program: educational quality and educational results.

There are seven major chains: Apollo Group (34 states and Puerto Rico), Career Education Corporation (24 states), Corinthian Colleges (24 states), Education Management Corporation (24 states), ITT Educational Services (30 states) and Strayer Education (eight states). Each of the corporations pretends to set high, universal education standards in each of its schools, which uses the national brand name to its benefit in local advertising. But a member school in one of the biggest national chains reportedly lured students to enroll with promises that they could expect starting salaries of $50,000 to $150,000 in their first year after graduation—more than enough to pay off student loans to cover tuition.

9. Four-year colleges and universities. Many state and private fouryear colleges and universities offer extensive vocational training programs, including excellent cooperative education programs discussed earlier and listed in the directory of the National Commission for Cooperative Education. Students can enroll full time or part time and take as few or as many courses as they want or need. Like two-year community and junior colleges, you don’t have to enroll in a degree-granting program at many colleges or universities.

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