Vocational Training Schools: What You Should Know
What are vocational training schools? What do people learn at them? How long are the programs? How can you tell a good vocational training school from a bad one? These are all important questions when searching for the right school. Keep reading to find answers!
What are vocational training schools?
Vocational training schools, also known as trade schools or career colleges, are schools that teach students the skills necessary to perform tasks for a certain career. What makes them different from a four-year college is that their job-specific training. If you go to vocational school to become an HVAC technician, you will only be taking classes relevant to that profession. (That means no Ancient Egyptian History or Victorian Literature classes required!)
What kinds of careers to vocational schools prepare students for?
The programs offered vary by school. Some focus primarily on medical professions, others on trades, and others on things like information technology. There are also some vocational training schools that offer a range of programs, such as NCE. Here at NCE, we offer career training for the following career paths:
- HVAC Technician
- Lab Assistant, EKG Technician/Phlebotomist
- Medical Assistant
- Optical Assistant
- Ultrasound Technician
How long are vocational training schools programs?
The length of program depends both on the school and the program. For the most part, career training programs are relatively short (often times less than a year). That’s because the goal of vocational programs is to teach only the skills needed for a the career in question.
Here at NCE, we are driven to teach you what you need to know for your career in the shortest amount of time possible so you can get out in the field and start earning money as soon as possible. Below are out program lengths:
- HVAC Training – As little as 10.5 months
- Electrical Technician Training – As little as 10 months
- Lab Assistant, EKG Technician/Phlebotomist Training – As little as 9 months
- Medical Assistant Training – As little as 9 months
- Optical Assistant Training – As little as 9 months
- Ultrasound Technician/Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Training – As little as 18 months
How can you tell a good vocational training school from a bad one?
One of the biggest indicators of quality when it comes to vocational training schools is whether or not it is accredited. A school is accredited if it has demonstrated to a third party accrediting body that it meets high standards. Things that accrediting bodies take into consideration include quality of instructors, quality of educational materials, graduation rate, and job placement rate.
Here at NCE, we are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a respected accrediting body that has been in business for over 50 years.
Why is NCE a good vocational training school for you?
At NCE, we are committed to our students’ futures. In addition to quality education we provide at our state-of-the-industry Citrus Heights campus, we also offer externships, tutoring, and career placement assistance.