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When You Should Consider a Vocational Education

What is a Vocational Education?

Universities. Colleges. Vocational schools. There are plenty of options for post-secondary education, but it can be difficult to know the type of school you should attend. However, if you want hands-on and skills-based training designed to give you practical, real-world proficiency in a specific field, then a vocational school such as Southern Careers Institute may be the choice for you. A vocational school is an excellent option for students who want to fast-track into a high demand field, such as pharmacy technician or medical biller, often in less than a year. Vocational training is also a great solution for adult students who want to change fields or advance in their current career. What’s more, you have the option of enrolling in an online vocational school that offers an education to fit into most schedules conveniently.

When Should You Consider a Vocational Education?

The structure of a vocational education is different from that of a university. Below are five aspects that could suggest when a vocational school might be right for you:

  1. A career in hand: You know the career you want and you just need the training to get there. Vocational schools offer a direct line to a wide range of careers what you want to do with the ability to earn a diploma or even a degree depending on your program.
  2. Demand for specialized careers: Because it prepares you for a specific career, vocational colleges such as Southern Careers Institute build strong relationships with professionals in those industries. The reason is twofold: it helps the college understand the latest skills and technologies required in their curriculum that will help their students to succeed, and it helps students connect with those employers so that they can find employment in their field soon after graduation.
  3. Flexibility: Particularly with their online offerings, vocational schools offer the flexibility for students to take the courses they want without interfering with their current schedule. What’s more, it allows those students who do not live near a physical campus to study for a new career. Better yet, with an online vocational school, you still have access to the resources, instructors, material, and externships as you would receive if attending in person.
  4. Hands-on training: The beauty of a vocational school is its mix of classroom training and its supervised externships with employers in a real-world setting. You get to apply your knowledge while learning from people who already work in your intended field, even when attending an online vocational school.
  5. Speed: While some university and college programs can take multiple years to complete, your vocational education is designed to help you gain entry-level employment fast. In fact, some programs can be completed in less than a year with the option of taking additional courses to enhance your learning when you want. Not only does this get you into the workforce faster, it also means less student debt.

A Career the SCI Way

When you want the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to employers, consider a vocational school such as Southern Careers Institute. With an efficient learning schedule, hands-on training, online options, and job placement assistance, you can be on your way to a new career 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.”


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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