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When Community Colleges Can’t, Career Schools Can

Posted Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 by Allen B. Ury

GraduateA new report from the U.S. Treasury Department shows why many students are choosing schools like Everest over their local community colleges. The report, titled “The Economics of Higher Education,” tracks the cuts states have been forced to make in their community college funding over the past decade. These cuts have made private career schools a better value for many students.

“Community colleges are highly dependent on state funding since, unlike four-year public schools, they do not have diversified revenue sources such as hospitals, endowments or research grants,” the report states. “While enrollments have been increasing, state support per student has remained relatively flat. In 2009, community colleges received approximately $6,450 per FTE (full-time equivalent) student, only slightly higher than the $6,210 in 1999.”

Community colleges have responded to these cuts by:

  • Reducing the number of programs offered
  • Establishing long waiting lists for the limited classes offered
  • Increasing class sizes
  • Hiking tuition rates

Frustrated by these barriers, more and more students are looking at private career schools as an alternative.

Career School Advantages

While private career schools like Everest are usually more expensive than community colleges, they can be a better value in the long run. This is because:

  • Program availability is based on student demand.
  • Class sizes tend to be small, so students can get more personal attention.
  • Classes are often available mornings, afternoons, evenings and even weekends to better meet the needs of young parents and working adults.
  • Programs are designed to get students through school and into the workplace as quickly as possible.
  • Graduates get help transitioning from school into jobs in their fields of study.

Everest Offers an Attractive Alternative

Why Everest? Everest offers these advantages, and more. Everest’s programs are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experience today’s employers demand. Instructors are mostly industry professionals who combine their personal work experiences with traditional instruction. Education is hands-on, so students get to practice what they learn in realistic work settings. And Everest emphasizes “soft” skills — the values and habits employers want in their employees — so graduates are able to better succeed in the workplace.

Programs offered by the Everest family of colleges, universities and institutes are concentrated in the fields of health care, business/accounting, computer information science, and legal/criminal justice. Many one-year diploma programs are available in addition to two-year associate degree and four-year bachelor degree programs. Program length and availability vary by campus.

Get More Information

There are more than 100 Everest campuses conveniently located throughout the United States and Canada. Get more information on the programs available near you by contacting Everest today.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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