5 Things You Should Look for In a Career College

5 Things You Should Look for In a Career College

Choosing a career college is not quite the same as going to a typical 4 year university. When you go to a public university, you can flutter about while you’re trying to determine which degree you’d like to major in. But career colleges don’t work quite the same way, as they are focused more on helping you get the skills that will be relevant to the industry you want to work in. For this reason, it’s important that you do research before committing to the career college of your choice. Here are 5 important things to look for when choosing a career college.

1. Do Career College Programs Match your Interests?

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You may hear about a career college, but if their programs don’t line up with your end career goal in mind, you should look for another place to study. If you want to work in the health, business or technology field, then locate a career college that focuses specifically on those industries. Look at the classes they are offering. If for instance, you’d like to be a CAD designer – does your college offer the latest in technology, teaching the current software used in this industry, like Revit, AutoCAD and SolidWorks?

2. Does the Career College they Offer Financial Aid?

Let’s face it, good colleges in Los Angeles can be expensive. Fortunately, some of the career colleges are affordable, especially when you compare them to larger universities. If you’re not going back to school because you can’t afford it, look for a college that offers a variety of financial aid options. Fortunately, being that LA ORT College is a nonprofit college, we can provide financial aid catered to the specific needs of our students. Check in with our financial advisors to see what kind of aid and student services you will get.

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3. Is the College Campus Convenient?

Where you will be going to school is almost as important as getting the degree itself. Look for a school that offers more than one location. At LA ORT, we offer two – one in Van Nuys and one in Los Angeles and we offer student shuttles. So choose the location that works best for you.

4. Do they Offer Career Assistance?

Getting your degree is only half of the battle. When you go to a for-profit college, they send you out into the real world without any support. The beauty of attending a nonprofit junior college, such as LA ORT, is that we offer free job placement support for all of our graduating students. We have a wide network of employers who have employed thousands of our graduating students because the employers appreciate the quality of education we bring to the industry they’re in.

5. How Experienced are the Instructors

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Not all junior colleges are created equal when it comes to the level of instruction that they offer. You want to find a career college that has professors who are working industry professionals. This way, they can offer both education, and real world knowledge that will be needed to be a success in whatever industry you want to work in. All of our faculty, not only work, in the industry, but they’re also extremely passionate about seeing our students succeed. It’s the best of both worlds.

Picking the right career college for you will be an important decision. So be sure that the college you desire to go to meets the requirement listed above. You may also want to visit the campus that you’re thinking about attending. Call one of LA ORT’s student advisors at (800) 998-2678 to learn more about the campus and the financial aid we offer. You’ll be glad you did!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.