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College Not for You? 3 Ideas for Quick-Start Careers

Get trained in culinary arts, computer networking, or HVAC in less than 1 year

Springfield, Mass.: If college is not for you, don’t worry…you are not alone. Many people find that a four-year college isn’t the best choice for them. They may not be the academic type. They may not want to go into four years’ worth of debt. Or they may simply not like the programs that colleges offer.

If this is how you feel, then you might want to consider career-focused training. Career-focused training can generally be completed in about one year or less, and can prepare you for jobs in dozens of fields. Career schools can offer these short programs by eliminating the extra academic course work and focusing just on the job skills you need for your new career. You end up saving time and money, and getting into the workforce sooner.

Jobs that don’t require a college degree

There are many jobs that don’t require a full four-year college degree. Some people choose associate’s degree programs, which generally take two years to complete. Other people choose one-year diploma programs, such as the following:

Three interesting career ideas for you

One school that offers this type of training is the Branford Hall Career Institute. Branford Hall is an accredited career-focused school that is dedicated to preparing students with the skills and attitudes necessary to find entry level employment in a number of career fields. We have 12 campuses throughout Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Branford Hall’s Springfield Tech campus in Springfield, Massachusetts is an example of one of our campuses that offers a variety of career options. At this location you can choose from three interesting career choices.

Culinary arts
With the popularity of cooking shows and internet cooking channels, more and more people are becoming passionate about food. The Culinary Arts program at Branford Hall is intended for people who want to make a career out of food preparation. Our Springfield Tech campus is fitted with the culinary equipment and restaurant tools that are being used in the food industry today. Within less than one year, you can be prepared with the skills and know-how for getting started in the culinary industry.

Computer networking management
Not all computer-related jobs require a four-year college degree. Our program prepares students with skills to become a desktop support technician, bench technician, network specialist, IT support technician, or other similar IT role. You will learn the process of supporting computers, including installation, preventative maintenance, trouble-shooting, and the foundations of network administration and security. If you like computers and enjoy learning about technology, this could be a good fit for you.

HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration)
Come and take a tour of our Springfield Tech campus to see the facilities for teaching our students about HVAC/R jobs. Our students learn to install, maintain, and repair HVAC/R systems of all types. Students get hands-on experience in using the tools of the trade in our well-maintained facilities.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone at Branford Hall Career Institute. If any of our career paths sound interesting to you, contact us and we’ll tell you all about it!

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