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What’s the difference between a Career School vs College?


The majority of Americans think that a college education is the only option for continuing education. Over the years, we’ve been taught that the path after high school is to attend a college or university.

Individuals believe that you can’t be successful without a degree. Whereas, the alternative is to attend a Career School.

The common misconception is that career schools are only an “alternative” for individuals who don’t have the skills to attend college. With college debt on the rise, more people are looking into career schools as an affordable and quick alternative to college.

What is a Career School?

A career school is an educational institution that trains students in a field that translates directly to a job. Career schools offer fast paced, hands-on training integrated into coursework to prepare students to enter their field of study immediately after graduation.

LET’S TALK about 5 KEY Differences Between College and Career Schools


1. The Cost of Going to School


The cost of higher education is a major factor for anyone choosing a school to attend. On Sept 9th, 2021, CNBC reported that the U.S. had reached a record-breaking $1.73 trillion in student debt. The average debt for a college student is $33,000.

A career school is a much cheaper option than a traditional college education. At CCDC, our total tuition ranges from $1500 to $6000. CCDC allows students to pay during the duration of their course of study and complete the course debt free.

These savings mean fewer student loans and more financial freedom when you move into your career.


2. Course Length & Graduation


An associate’s degree program requires at least two years of classes, lectures, labs, and internships before you graduate. At CCDC, you’ll get your certificates or licenses within 10 weeks to 18 weeks. This difference is what allows our students to enter the workforce and begin earning a salary in a professional career.

3. Type of Coursework


The traditional college experience involves taking many pre-requisite courses. This approach is suitable for many people, but not for those ready to get started in their chosen career or working individuals.

At a career school, coursework is focused on training related to your chosen field. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the industry and any technology involved. For example, at CCDC we offer programs in the Medical and Dental field. Our students focus on what is needed in those fields of study and don’t have to worry about pre-requisite classes outside of their program.


4. Job Availability


Many technical school and college graduates are likely to experience the same job outlook hardships as career school candidates due to current economic conditions.

Career schools train students for skilled careers that prepare them to work as soon as they complete school. CCDC trains students using the most up-to-date technology and materials.

CCDC has a team committed to working with students on preparing their resumes, cover letters, and getting them ready for interviews. CCDC can’t guarantee graduates a job, but we utilize all available resources to assist our students in their job search. We work within the community to see who has positions open and making a connection between the employer and graduates.


5. Admissions Process


The typical student starts considering colleges shortly after beginning high school.

Getting into a technical school requires testing prior to admissions.

In comparison, the admissions process for career schools is relatively uncomplicated. All our students need is a high school diploma or GED and you can sign up for the next available program.


In Conclusion


For many Americans, college may be the right choice. But a career school provides another option. Career schools train and prepare you for your new career in less time and for less money.

CCDC Offers:

  • Hands-on learning

  • Evening and Weekend Schedules

  • Internship Opportunities

  • Stress free enrollment process

  • Experienced instructors currently working in the field

  • Payment plans and outside funding available in some counties

What are you waiting for? Call and schedule a meeting with a Career Advisor, today. Or take a tour of the campus nearest to you and see for yourself why CCDC may be a better option for you.






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