The Non-College Route

Colleges or universities aren’t the only options that will give you the education you need for a solid future. 

Today vocational schools and other specialized trade and technical schools are giving traditional college and universities a lot of competition in offering the knowledge, skills, and overall marketability to make you competitive in today’s job market.


Technical Schools

Providing specific technical training, training for job change or career enhancement, technical schools, institutes and colleges provide a convenient, cost-effective means to obtain specific certifications or a degree in a technical field. They’re an excellent way to advance your education and knowledge and increase your overall marketability. Technical schools usually offer programs at three levels:

  • degree programs providing credentials equivalent to those acquired two- and four-year colleges or universities
  • diplomas or certificate programs in a specific area of study
  • individual courses to be taken to expand your knowledge in a specific area


Vocational Schools:

Traditionally vocational schools provided education for a variety of trades and industries, such as mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electricity, food processing, hospitality, etc. These days, as every field gets more and more technical, the line between technical schools and vocational schools is blurring. Both provide a convenient, cost-effective means to obtain specific degrees and certifications for specific vocational training, a career change, rehabilitation, or simply to expand your knowledge.


Online Schools

Online schools are a way to get a first-rate education without ever leaving your own home. They are quickly becoming extremely popular because of their convenience. Through can online school, you can get a bachelors or graduate degree or specific certification without having to attend traditional lectures or even be on a school campus. You’ll find courses for most areas of interest, including: technical, vocational, training, business, and more.


Financial Aid

Going to a technical or vocational school isn’t necessarily cheaper than going to a traditional university or college, but the good news is there’s a wealth of programs available to help make it affordable. If your in a special income category, check with your local state or federal employment center first. You may be eligible for training — or retraining — that makes you more employable either at reduced costs or tuition-free. Beyond government-funded vocational training programs, there are a wealth of funding options including:

  • scholarships and grants
  • student loans
  • work-study

Check with your school’s financial officer to see what options are available for you.

Education can be affordable. It just takes a little research and planning