I Googled ‘Career Change’ today…… 58 600 000 results! For the hundreds, if not thousands, of people every day who search those exact words, hoping for some guidance in making a career change, it can be extremely overwhelming. So many questions and considerations…..
What is the first step? Should I go to college or university? Will I be successful? Can I afford the tuition and living costs? Which school is right for me?
Among the choices to consider are Private Career Colleges. PCC’s in Ontario consist of over 600 campuses serving more than 70 communities across Ontario. Each year, thousands of people change their lives by choosing a Private Career College to meet their post-secondary training needs.
There are numerous benefits to choosing a Private Career College – for those of you fresh out of high school or those of you wanting or needing to make a career change. Knowing how PCC’s operate and what they can offer is very valuable information in your search for the right school.
When attending a Private Career College, students should expect:
- To graduate with job specific certification within a year or less. PCC’s focus on preparing students for employment in a specific occupation or trade.
- Smaller class sizes (than public colleges or universities) which allows for instructors to
provide increased student support and more personalized attention during class time, practical training, observation and with homework.
- Up-to-date curriculum. Due to the number of PCC’s competing for students, programs tend to be updated on a more frequent basis to stay relevant to the industry. Certification from industry associations such as the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and recognition by provincial regulators such as the Ministry of Labour often gives PCC graduates a leading edge in the recruitment process.
- PCC registration with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). MTCU ensures that the PCC’s meet certain standards for the programs they offer, including instructor qualifications, admission requirements and refund policies.
- Employment Preparation Support. PCC’s are required to include job search skills and support to students during their program. This includes resume writing and job search advice.
As you consider the options available to you, be sure to clearly identify your expectations of a Private Career College. Once you determine what these expectations are, you are well on your way to choosing the school that meets, or exceeds, those expectations.
Why settle for anything less?