Vocational or trade schools train students for a variety of skilled jobs, including jobs as automotive technicians, medical assistants, hair stylists, pharmacy technicians, electronics technicians, paralegals, and truck drivers. Some schools also help students identify prospective employers and apply for jobs.
Is a Vocational School Right For You?
To decide whether a career school is right for you, consider whether you need more training for the job you want. Each job comes with description. Research each job’s requirements to find out if it is possible to learn the skills you need on the job. Look at ads for positions that you're interested in. Then call the employers to learn what kinds of training and experience will be meaningful, and whether they recommend any particular programs.
Diploma Programs from 6 to 9 Months
Diploma Programs are faced paced and require serious commitment from students interested in learning the trade fast and entering the professional job market. For convenience, trade schools offer day and evening classes to accommodate students with jobs and busy schedules.
Finding a diploma program in your area requires due diligence. Do your research before you commit to a program. You want to make sure the program you enroll in is reputable and trustworthy. What are others factors you have to look for:
License and Accreditation
Ask for names and phone numbers of the school's licensing and accrediting organizations, and check with them to see whether the school is up-to-date.
Licensing is handled by state agencies. In many states, private vocational schools are licensed through the state Department of Education. Ask the school which state agency handles its licensing.
Accreditation usually is through a private education agency or association that has evaluated the program and verified that it meets certain requirements. Accreditation can be an important clue to a school's ability to provide appropriate training and education — if the accrediting body is reputable. Your high-school guidance counselor, principal, or teachers, or someone working in the field you're interested in, may be able to tell you which accrediting bodies have worthy standards.
A practical way to learn about school’s facilities is to visit the school. Schedule a tour to visit in person and ask to see the classrooms and workshops. Also, ask about the types of equipment — like computers and tools — that students use for training. If you are studying to be a Massage Therapist ensure that the schools offers massage tables that are currently used in massage spas and salons.
Student Services and Assistance
Prior to registering, ask your career advisor what supplies, books and tools that you must buy. If you need help overcoming language barriers or learning disabilities, find out if the school provides help, and at what cost? Some schools may offer bilingual instruction, ask about it when you schedulea tour.
Faculty and Instructors
Ask about the instructors' qualifications and the size of classes. Sit in on a class to observe whether the students are engaged and the teacher is interesting. Talk to other students about their experience.
Diploma Program Success Rate
Before you invest your time and money in the diploma program, learn about the success rate pf past students. Ask your career advisor the following questions:
What percentage of students complete the program? A high dropout rate could mean students don't like the program.
Is job placement offered? How many graduates find jobs in their chosen field?
Can you get a list of recent graduates to ask about their experiences with the school?
Financial Aid Department
Most schools offering diploma programs have Financial Aid staff on premises. Talk to Financial Aid advisor and learn what assistance may be available to you to cover tuition cost.
Diploma Programs in Florida
There are a few accredited schools in Florida offering diploma programs for medical assistants, pharmacy technicians and massage therapists. Find a school in your zip code.
Medical Institute of Palm Beach Inc. invites you to take a tour and learn about diploma programs offered in convenient day and evening classes. Contact Us today.