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What Types of Schools Offer Certificate Programs?
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You know you want to enroll in a certificate program, but where should you look?

While there are a few types of schools and colleges that offer certificate programs, the goals of each program might differ. Similarly, the type of students enrolled might also vary.

The type of online certificate program you choose depends on your schedule and how much time you can devote to your courses.

Career Training Schools

Certificate programs at career training schools provide students with career specific knowledge. While degree programs require students to take academic theory classes, career training schools focus on teaching students the skills they need to get a job after graduation.

Some students choose to attend a career training school in order to get the credentials to advance in their current field. Others have a high school diploma and want to increase their earning potential by getting some postsecondary training.

Career Colleges

Career colleges, also known as trade schools, vocational schools or technical schools, provide quick career training.

Typically, students that attend a career college are high school graduates looking to specialize in a technical field. They may come from a variety of social or economic backgrounds, but all have one thing in common: the desire to earn a certificate to better their employment opportunities.

A benefit of attending a career college is the career services department. Because career colleges are meant to train students for immediate entry into their industry, most have career services to help students find a job after graduation.

If the committment of attending a 4-year college intimidates you, a career training school is for you. Certificate programs have a better graduation track record than any other type of postsecondary school.

Community Colleges

Whereas career training schools and career colleges tend to focus more on technical training, community colleges offer certificate programs for working professionals.

Community colleges benefit students with a busy schedule, as they tend to offer courses at night and on the weekend in addition to day classes.

Many students who get a certificate from a community college plan on getting their associates degree after completing their certificate program. This way they can start working immediately after earning their certificate and attend associates degree classes part-time or full-time.

Online Schools

Students who have too many other responsibilities in their life can benefit greatly from enrolling in a certificate program at an online school.

Many online certificate programs do not require students to attend the facility at all. Others have a residency requirement in which students must complete some of their classes on campus.

The type of online certificate program you choose depends on your schedule and how much time you can devote to your courses.

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