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UTB Brownsville: Does Your Personality Match your Campus?

If you ask Brownsville residents why they’re proud of their city, few will hesitate to mention the university. UTB Brownsville has long provided valuable skills and opportunities to Brownsville residents and others from all over the state. Just because it is a great university, however, does not make it right for you. Before you send in your application, you must decide whether you are a:

University Student
As a public university with a focus on the liberal arts, sciences, and education, UTB Brownsville is ideal for those who have a passion for learning and research. Many of the school’s programs are open-ended, giving students autonomy in how they choose to explore the subjects they study. While this can be daunting for students who are used to following instructions, if you’re willing to take charge and come up with new ideas, it is incredibly empowering.

UTB Brownsville gives you the opportunity to advance the frontier of human knowledge, and if you have a knack for this in undergrad, you can continue as a graduate student. To be an ideal UTB Brownsville student, you cannot be too career-focused. This is not to say that the university does not prepare you for a career. Indeed, like all liberal arts graduates, UTB alumni often do well in the labor market, especially if they major in fields geared toward the professions. It does, however, mean that you must see education as an end in itself, and not merely a means to getting into a lucrative career. If you’re willing to invest three to four years and tens of thousands of dollars to expand your mind, this is the school for you. If not, you’d be better off as a:

Vocational Student
Brownsville has no shortage of quality vocational schools, or colleges that focus on quickly teaching skills with a clear market value. The Southern Careers Institute in Brownsville, for example, offers diploma programs in Administrative Assistance, Cosmetology, Business Accounting, Computer Support, Medical Assistance, Medical Billing and Coding, and Medical Office Administration– all skills in high demand among employers. Fields such as these not only offer high initial wages, but also the opportunity for significant wage growth if you show a strong talent for the job. With this kind of training, you can quickly get a job that will provide financial security while allowing you to make a difference in the world.

To say that vocational school students see learning as a means to an end is not to imply that they don’t have a passion for knowledge. Rather, they love to learn, but are highly practical about what kind of learning you invest in. They spend time and money on learning the specific skills they need for a job, and thus pay less overall– a trade school diploma usually costs less than $20,000 and takes less than 9 months to earn. Trade school students also tend to prefer hands-on learning to academic study. Whereas UTB Brownsville students spend much of their time reading and discussing books, trade school students must perform simulations of job skills or get direct work experience through internships. A liberal arts education is not better or worse than a vocational one; it’s just different. Whether you should attend UTB Brownsville or a trade school depends entirely on who you are and what your goals are. For more information on finding an academic and career path that is right for you, contact the Southern Careers Institute today.  

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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