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Online Tools that Can Help You Find the Right Career School

These sites could prove pivotal in making a final decision  

Every day, there’s another story about the escalating price of a college education. Given the circumstances, a lot of students are turning to career training schools, which offer shorter programs at a less expensive cost.
Choosing the right career training program isn’t easy. First, you need to determine what type of career field you’re interested in. Next, you need to research what area schools offer comprehensive training. The good news is that the internet can help. These three sites, in particular, can assist anyone who is interested in enrolling.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook
This online directory, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, profiles hundreds of career fields, providing a breakdown of what each one has to offer in terms of salary, training/experience, and gainful employment.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is also a great tool for gauging whether there will be regional growth in an industry or job field over the next 10 years – an essential metric for anyone who is considering career training.

The College Navigator
This web guide, developed by the National Center for Education Statistics, allows visitors to search all of the campuses in any area based on: zip code, program, name of school, level of training offered, average tuition, student enrollment, and/or percentage of applicants that are accepted.

By using the College Navigator, you can zero in on nearby schools that offer the program you’re interested in. Once that list is narrowed down, the next step is scheduling a tour or requesting financial aid information (either of which can usually be done online).

The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
Built and maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, this database provides a list of any school or institute that “meets acceptable levels of quality for postsecondary education.” Schools get accredited based on state evaluation of their training programs and majors, along with comprehensive interviews conducted with full-time staff.

Once you’ve found a school that offers the program you’re looking for, you can use this database as a safeguard. If the school is accredited, you should feel even more confident about enrolling. If it isn’t, you definitely want to investigate that before moving forward.

For details about what career training programs and financial aid options are available at a Branford campus near you, schedule a tour or request more information.

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