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Old 03-15-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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for those who are considering getting a trade school degree to enhance job skills
check out this article in NYTimes and remember that junior colleges often offer the same type of courses for less money

The New Poor - For-Profit Schools Cashing In on Recession and Federal Aid - NYTimes.com
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Trade schools aren't bad, just for-profit ones.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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so what trade schools out there are not for profit one

the only one I can think of that would not be is the Gary Job Corps for economically disadvantaged youth...
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:24 PM
 
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so what trade schools out there are not for profit one

the only one I can think of that would not be is the Gary Job Corps for economically disadvantaged youth...
There are a crapload. They are known as "Community colleges" or "technicial colleges."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_school#United_States
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I recently found out that a local for-profit trade school charges $16,000 for its Medical Assistant program! OMG! And then when the students graduate, they can't find a job because the market is flooded. Wow.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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I don't count a community college as the same type of educational provider as "technical" college--
the technical college outside Waco I am not that familiar with but the web info says that it is a public institution--which I take to mean it is like a community college, funded by tuition and local taxes--like Tarrant county funds TCCC
Lamar Technical College in east texas is a state school as well

but some that advertise themselves as "technical" school are private and expensive and more into getting people to sign up for govt loans to fund their school time and the schools could care less about whether or not they have any intention or ability to actually graduate--
they are scamming the students to get funding -- usually with federal loans that won't be paid back--and that means the tax payers are the ones who get taken for a ride...
my son and daughter in law have worked in those types of schools--and in community colleges--as teachers--and there is big difference...

the interesting part of the Texas State Technical college site is that for each program there is a cost sheet that breaks down tuition/books/fees for a semester--
some of them can be as high as 10K a semester from what I saw--so it is not cheap--

but it also offers Distance Learning--meaning from home on computer--so you can work at your own time if you have a job/activities or live away from the physical sites--the closest one to metroplex in Waco does not offer many courses that would seem to be popular...

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Old 03-19-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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I would have to disagree with you. I have been in the "TRADE"/"PROPERIETY" school business for about 18 years now. Those trade schools are under ALOT more scrutiny than the traditional schools, community colleges or even universities. Those trade schools MUST maintain a certain graduation percentage, placement percentage, must maintain a certain default rate, all of which those community colleges are not given a second glance. THere is a reason that trade school exsist, maybe those students that attend are not the typical college student, ie. older looking for a new field to go in and do not have 4 years to get a degree nor $60,000 to go in debt. Realistly money wise community colleges are no different than the trade schools, and why I say this, a trade school might cost the $16,000 but you are done in 9 months, the community college, it might take you 2-4 years to get your degree, so really how valuable is your time when you look at it that way???
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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the commercial schools are doing that and have been for some time. the jr colleges will let you seat warm fo 5 years if you let them. they are in the biz of filling chairs.
its up to you to get what you need and get out w/o any debt.
community college is the cure. debt free ed. my favorite VE is RN. to dodge the mountain of unnecessary prerequisites, do 1st LVN 42 units then do the crossover to RN, 30 units. no more italian 101 body building 102 and ethnic studies--- america, get down to it.
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I agreee that the LVN to RN is definitely the way to go! Several of the nurses at my employer have done this!

But $16k for a Medical Assistant program is a joke. They can't find jobs because so few facilities will hire them. They apply for our nurse openings, and then they get all offended when I tell them they are not qualified because they are not a licensed nurse. For that $16k, just go to nursing school and become a LVN...
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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just go to the community college to get your degree. College these days is way overrated. Its all about who you know. The vast majority of employers wont know the difference between a 16k technical school degree and the 1k or less degree you got from community college.
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