Should Everyone Go To College: 4 Alternatives to a University

Should everyone go to college? In my opinion, yes, everyone should go to college.

Now granted, not everyone’s future career requires a four year degree. However, some sort of higher education beyond high school is a must, especially in today’s job market.

Today, most new jobs being created require at least a two-year college education, though formal schooling may not be for everyone there are plenty of options to fit your needs. There are plenty of other institutions that can help you advance your career. Some are alternatives to a four-year degree and others are alternatives to a university.

Whatever you are thinking about doing for the rest of your life, there is most likely an opportunity for you to learn more about it. Below are continuing education options that are alternatives to attending a university.

It is fact that with continuing your education in your career field your resume will be more eye-catching to employers which means more job interviews! You will not only give yourself a more secure place within the future company you work for but you also will have chances to earn more income and move up to management positions.

After the fiscal crisis of 2008 people are fighting to keep their jobs especially the ones who did not further their education. Do yourself the favor and get educated in your career field! It will only save you in the long run.

Vocational (Trade) school

Vocational school which are also referred to as trade or career schools provide an education in which students are taught the skills needed to perform a specific job. These institutions are dedicated to training students for a certain position.

Sometimes these classes can be taken during your final high school years as part of a co-op program and eventually transfer to the school of your choice. These schools offer training for student interested in beauty, cosmetology, culinary, healthcare, paient cre tchnician, automotive, computers, dental assistant and many more.

Community Colleges

Once called junior colleges, community colleges are usually two-year institutions where students can earn associate degrees. Community colleges operate under a “open admission” policy which means anyone with high school diploma or GED may attend.

These colleges are especially helpful for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative before moving on to a four-year college or university. Even for students who are not looking to transfer, community colleges can offer great programs in nursing, automotive, business, education, engineering and more.

Public Four-Year Colleges

A four-year college grants bachelor’s degrees. Some offer master’s programs and Associate degrees. Colleges can be specialized (for example education or nursing) or they can offer a broad curriculum. Classes tend to be smaller than universities and there is also many more colleges with special interests such as single-sex, religiously affiliated, historically Black colleges or Hispanic-serving colleges.

The difference between a college and university is that they tend to be larger, they offer a huge course selection, and you may have graduate students teaching classes rather than professors.

Liberal Arts College

A liberal arts college is an institution that has an emphasis on humanities, social sciences and science. Students can major is a certain discipline but also get exposed to a wide variety of subjects.

Liberal arts colleges tend to be smaller than universities so the focus tends to be more on the student. They are typically located in residential areas, which means students live and learn away from home. Students who are interested in continuing their education in the following areas of study should keep liberal arts colleges in mind: Foreign language, literature, art history, dance, theater, history, women’s studies, etc.

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Rachel Talaska

Rachel Talaska

Rachel Talaska is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing degrees in public relations, journalism and marketing. Besides being in class, Rachel can be found working at the campus newspaper, Central Michigan Life in the advertising department or watching re-runs of "Friends." She hopes to one day move to a big city and find her dream job. Rachel enjoys fashion, eating healthy (with the occasional bowl of ice cream), fitness, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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