Experts See Career Training as Good Alternative to Traditional College

Posted Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 by Allen B. Ury

NewSkillsTrainingSignA bachelor’s degree can be a great investment — for some people. For others, career training or a two-year associate degree can yield better returns, according to a recent study.

The Brookings Institution recently published this info graphic that illustrates recent findings by Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill and Stephanie Owen, who investigated education’s impact on personal income. Among the team’s findings:

  • Over a lifetime of earnings, bachelor’s degree holders earn an average of $570,000 more than those with just a high school diploma.
  • Engineering majors get the highest return from their education investment. Those who study psychology, arts and education actually underperform earners who’d gone no further than high school.
  • Fewer than 60 percent of people who enter four-year college programs actually finish within six years; yet, they assume the same debt as a graduate.
  • Not surprisingly, colleges that select only top high school graduates have the highest graduation rates. Those graduates also go on to earn the most money.

But what about students who don’t graduate at the top of their class, or who don’t come from families that can afford to pay Ivy League-level tuitions? What hope do they have?

The Brookings researchers note, “There are many well-paid job openings going unfulfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills — skills that young workers could learn from training programs, apprenticeships, a vocational certificate or an associate degree.”

Everest Offers Short-Term Training Programs

Everest is the sort of school the Brookings researchers say can be, for some students, a better choice than a traditional four-year college. The Everest family of colleges, institutes and universities offers one-year diploma and two-year associate degree programs in a variety of fields, including accounting, business, computer information science, criminal justice, health care and paralegal.

Health care is a particular focus of Everest’s activities. It currently trains and places more medical assistants than any other school in America. It’s also one of the nation’s leading training grounds for dental assistants and massage therapists. The school has national partnerships with two massage franchise chains — Massage Envy and Elements Massage — that then hire many Everest graduates.

For students looking for careers in the building trades, many Everest campuses offer training in HVAC, electrician and plumbing.

Unlike similar community college programs, Everest offers students the benefits of small classes with lots of personal support and a strong commitment to see each and every student succeed. With an average age of 30, Everest students tend to be either working adults or mothers with young children. They appreciate the support and scheduling flexibility Everest offers.

Everest has campuses in 24 states and Ontario, Canada. Programs, schedules and availability vary from campus to campus, but the commitment to excellence remains the same. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.  Programs and schedules vary by campus.

For more information on Everest career training as an alternative to traditional college, contact Everest today.

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