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San Antonio: Community College vs. Vocational School

Graduating from high school, students must make the decision whether to continue their education or join the workforce. Attending a community college or university has many obvious benefits, including greater employment opportunities, although this comes at the cost of several more years in school and often a large debt upon graduation. For those who want to enter a career quickly, but want to avoid low-paying, entry-level jobs, vocational school may be a better option.  

1. Program Length
Community college is typically two years long, meaning that if you’re going to graduate, you need to be committed. Vocational school programs are much shorter: typically several weeks. For many students, this can mean the difference between dropping out and staying in school until the end.  

2. Subject Matter
Another defining difference comes with the courses available. Although more limited than the majors at a four-year university, community colleges tend to offer reasonably wide range of academic subjects, from art and drama to environment science and sociology. At a vocational school, however, you will study for a career. Courses may include pharmacy technician, business accounting specialist, HVAC technician, and medical assistant.  

3. Training
At San Antonio community college, you are required to take a number of classes, many of which are unrelated to your major. You learn about topics of interest and improve your reading, writing, and math abilities. Community college gives you the chance to grow as a person rather than to gain marketable skills. Compare this to vocational school where, along with specifics for the job, you will learn the essentials for any career, such as communication, professionalism, and computer skills. You will use same equipment and partake in the same tasks as you can expect to encounter throughout your career.  

4. Job Prospects
You have likely heard that many college grads are struggling to find work. The exact opposite is true for vocational school graduates, who finish their education prepared to work in a field where the number of jobs is on the rise. There is also much greater security in trade school careers, both due to the high demand for workers and the physical impossibility of sending jobs to another country where labor is cheaper.   Continuing your education can lead to a better job, but community college in San Antonio is unlikely to help you reach your goals. If you want to enter a new career immediately and start gaining experience, vocational school may be right for you. Community college is best left for the students who want to ease into a four-year university.

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“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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“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.”


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Business Accounting

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