Colleges in Austin

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How to Choose From Colleges in Austin Texas

What’s the most important thing you look for in a college? Maybe you’ve narrowed your choices down to a few institutions but are having a hard time choosing “the one.” Weighing your options can be stressful because it’s a decision that will affect every aspect of your future. Consider these important points when looking at colleges in Austin, Texas.  

It’s crucial to consider how college will fit into your lifestyle. Are you already employed full-time with a plan to squeeze your college education in after-hours? If so, vocational training is a viable option because it allows you to learn all of the skills and knowledge for a particular job in a short amount of time. Are you going to live on-campus or off? What about your core values and religious affiliations? You want to choose a college that supports your core beliefs.

If your ultimate goal is to get a meaningful education to increase your earnings, a vocational school will likely accommodate all of your needs. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of careers with real job opportunities upon graduation, and you won’t have to sacrifice years of your life to do it.  

Course Offerings
Once you have an idea of the type of career you’d like to pursue, take a look at college course offerings.

Does the school you like offer everything you need? Typical vocational schools offer exciting programs in business, technology and medical fields. You’ll have the opportunity to train for a specific position and earn national certifications that employers seek. If a college meets other expectations, but falls short when it comes to course offerings, it’s probably best to remove it from the list.  

Financial Aid
Affording a college education is no easy task. Many students work full-time in order to pay mounting bills for tuition, books and supplies and housing throughout college. Fortunately, financial aid is available in the form of federal aid, grants and scholarships. Look into the options available at the colleges you are most interested in.

Depending on the program that interests you, there could be specific grants or incentives upon enrollment. The cost of vocational schools is typically lower than traditional 4-year colleges. Many colleges also offer special tuition rates or scholarships for military veterans. Remember to consider a college from all angles before making your decision. If something doesn’t feel quite right, it’s probably best to go with your gut feeling. There’s a lot more to choosing colleges in Austin, Texas than location!

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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