As you begin to consider or re-consider your career goals and evaluate post-secondary education, the questions and choices may appear confusing. Do I go directly into the work force? Can I successfully change careers? Should I go to college or university? How do I afford tuition and living costs? Which school should I choose? Where can I get advice and information on my options? These are just some of the questions that might be running through your head.
For high school students, getting information seems easy enough with high school guidance offices offering up-to-date information on the many existing public colleges and universities. However, there is often a shortage of readily available information about private career colleges. This lack of information does not change the fact that often students cannot make a multi-year commitment to school due to a variety of factors, such as affordability, having to support a family, a lack of high grades or uncertainty of career choices and goals. Despite the lack of information, choosing a private career college has changed the lives of thousands of high school graduates each year.
For career changers and unemployed workers years removed from the high school system, researching potential schools becomes even more difficult. To remedy this lack of information about private career colleges, we have included this Top Ten Checklist to give you information on the hidden gems within our education system so that you have all the information during your decision-making process.
- Graduate into the workforce in 12 months or less versus other schools – Public colleges and universities can take 2 to 4 years to complete. At private career colleges (PCCs) you can graduate with a diploma and be in the workforce in 1 year or less. By getting into the workforce more quickly, you can use your earning power to pay back by Text-Enhance” href=”http://www.ctsccc.com/10-reasons/”>debt. It also means that you don’t have to leave your friends and part-time jobs to go to school if you don’t want to.
- Registered as private career colleges under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 means security & financing – PCCs are subject to audits by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to ensure that they meet requirements laid out by the PCC Act, 2005. Schools are measured on their graduate and employment rates and these results are published so potential students can review the success rates. Students going to many PCCs are able to apply for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans to assist in the funding of their tuition and living expenses, as well as a variety of other funding options.
- Job placement focus – Most PCCs have dedicated career services consultants to help you find a job. They pay more personalized attention than traditional colleges and universities due to the lower number of students in a PCC. Career services consultants reach out into a particular industry to promote graduates to employers and promote employers to students.
- Career management support – PCCs are required to deliver career management
curriculum and support to students during their program. Resume writing, interviewing skills and job search guidance are common components of the curriculum.
- Student financing solutions – Each PCC is required to have a financial aid officer (FAO) on site. The role of the FAO is to assist students in assessing their financial situation and to determine the best solution for the student in financing their education. The FAO helps students throughout the school year as circumstances occur that may impact their finances. The FAO also provides guidance to students at the completion of their program as to managing any student loan debts and the best way to minimize and pay them off.
Private Career Colleges like Modern Hairstyling & Esthetics are very willing to meet with prospective students, help them assess whether the school is right for them and work with the student to finalize a financing solution if required. Modern Hairstyling & Esthetics has locations in North Bay, Sudbury and Barrie.