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Career Colleges Help Students Meet the Needs of a Rapidly Changing Job Market that Requires Specialized Training and Skills (English-Language)


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AS THE NATION CONTINUES TO CONTEND WITH THE GRIM ECONOMY--INCLUDING MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT NATIONWIDE--THERE IS A SILVER LINING:  MANY AMERICANS ARE APPLYING THIS NEW WORLDVIEW TO THEIR CAREER--EITHER REINVENTING THEMSELVES VIA A CAREER SWITCH, OR ALIGNING THEIR EDUCATION WITH THEIR LONGER-TERM CAREER GOALS.  IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE DELTA COST PROJECT, ENROLLMENTS FOR CAREER COLLEGES--WHICH FOCUS ON TRAINING STUDENTS FOR JOBS IN A PARTICULAR FIELD--ARE RISING RAPIDLY.  RUSS NATOCE ["NAH-TOE-SEE"], OF WESTWOOD COLLEGE, HAS MORE...

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"WE'RE SEEING AN INCREASING DEMAND FROM BOTH YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE, AND DISPLACED WORKERS WHO WANT TO MOVE INTO INDUSTRIES WITH STRONG EMPLOYMENT RATES--LIKE TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS, AND HEALTH CARE.  CAREER COLLEGES HELP STUDENTS MEET THE NEEDS OF A RAPIDLY CHANGING JOB MARKET THAT REQUIRES SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND SKILLS.  SUCH INSTITUTIONS CAN OFFER A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN THREE YEARS, SMALL CLASS SIZES, AND FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING OPTIONS.  AND, UNLIKE MORE-TRADITIONAL UNIVERSITIES, OUR FACULTY IS COMPRISED OF WORKING PROFESSIONALS IN THEIR SPECIFIC FIELDS OF STUDY.  WE INCLUDE EMPLOYERS IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING OUR CURRICULUM--SO OUR GRADUATES HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO MEET EMPLOYERS' NEEDS, FROM DAY ONE.  IN FACT, A RECENT STUDY SHOWS THAT MORE THAN THREE-QUARTERS OF OUR GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED IN THEIR FIELD OF STUDY.
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AND, IF YOU'RE AMONG THOSE THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AND CHANGING YOUR CAREER, YOU'RE NOT ALONE:  ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CAREER COLLEGE ASSOCIATION, THREE OUT OF FOUR RESPONDENTS AGES 18 TO 24 ARE USING HIGHER EDUCATION AS AN ACTION STEP TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION--AND TO FIND A CAREER-COLLEGE CAMPUS NEAR YOU--VISIT "WESTWOOD"-DOT-E-D-U.

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