What To Look for
It is important to do significant research on any career college before enrolling. Look into the program you plan to apply to and see if the career college is nationally accredited in that field. In the past, some career colleges had offered subpar instruction, leading to a bad reputation in the field of vocational training. Through the accreditation process, schools are able to prove their curriculum is acceptable.
Call the Better Business Bureau to verify that your school has no complaints set against it. Likewise, ask for contact information of recent graduates of your intended program and ask for feedback on their experience. Compare the cost and benefits of the intended career college with the local community college. It is also important to consider whether the skills you will be learning could be learned “on the job" rather than at a vocational school.
Visit the school you are looking into. Ask about class size, technology, online classes, and other services that are provided. Make plans to speak with a professor and discuss your plans with an advisor, if possible.
Like any major life decision, going to a career college is a major step. However, with a little research and planning, it can be a successful move for those looking for a more focused path to post-secondary education.