Technical Schools in San Antonio

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Factors for Selecting From San Antonio Technical Schools

When choosing a trade school, some factors you need to take into account are obvious — cost, programs available, and accreditation are a few examples. However, to ensure that you make the right decision, there are several additional concerns that you may never even have considered.  

1. Transferring Credits

If you decide that you want to move to a different school or continue your education later, you need to be able to transfer credits. The admissions offices at schools will be inform you whether they offer transferable credits.  

2. Campus

It is important to visit schools to get a feel of the campuses and decide if you will be comfortable spending your days there. Take a look at the facilities (classrooms, workshops, computer labs) to determine whether they are sufficient for your training. Schools should have the same equipment that you will be using during your career — contact relevant companies to find out what they are using.  

3. Crime

To feel safe on campus requires a low rate of crime. Check the statistics for criminal offenses at technical schools in San Antonio with the campus safety and security statistics from the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).  

4. Complaints

Serious complaints are logged at the Better Business Bureau. Search for schools to see their ratings on a scale of A+ to F.  

5. Success Rates

Success is measured by a few factors:

  • Completion rate. The number of students who graduate. A high dropout rate may indicate a poor quality program.
  • Job placement rate. Find out the number of graduates who work in a career related to their field of study and, if possible, the average starting salary.
  • Student experiences. Read reviews and contact recent graduates to find out if they considered their courses useful and whether they received adequate support from their schools.

  6. Reputation

Student reviews will also help you gain a clearer picture of schools’ reputations. Take this one step further and by discovering how employers perceive each San Antonio technical school. This is essential, as reputation can have a huge impact on your chances of employment after graduation. Contact companies offering jobs in your chosen career and ask for their opinions of the schools you are considering.  

7. Contracts

Once you have narrowed down the list to just a few San Antonio technical schools, ask each for a contract. Immediately rule out any schools who refuse to let you review a contract before deciding to enroll as well as those whose contracts have different information from what you originally received. During your research into San Antonio technical schools, try to gather as much of the above information as possible. This will help you compare schools to find the best option for you.

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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

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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.”


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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