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What are the benefits of choosing vocational school over a 4-year degree program?

As hands-on careers gain more popularity for individuals who choose to pursue an alternative route to traditional higher education programs through 4-year colleges and universities, vocational schools are offering more opportunities. There are a number of locations across Texas that have seen a large increase in the number of students deciding to enroll in vocational schools. In particular, larger cities like Houston, Austin, and San Antonio have all seen the growth in popularity of vocational school training in a wide variety of professions. Read on to find out what is convincing Texas students to earn a trade skill in a vocational school to discover if it is the right choice for you too.

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While a degree from a 4-year university may require you to take a significant number of courses that are not directly related to your major’s field of interest, the vast majority of the classes and hands-on training offered at vocational schools are directly linked to your future career and are designed specifically to prepare and train students to enter the job market as highly skilled professionals. At a vocational school, you will have the opportunity to experience hands-on training in the career field of your choice that will allow you to develop your own passions and interests and and carry your skills into your professional career. While training as an electrician, a mechanic, a welder, or in any other vocational school program, you’ll be working with your hands, developing and honing your craft every day rather than spending each and every day in a classroom. If you’re passionate about achieving results and seeing your hard work pay off, then vocational school might be the perfect fit for you!

The program length and training received at a vocational school is also significantly shorter than at a four-year college. Many vocational schools in San Antonio even offer qualifications that can be earned in as little as 3 months. Enrolling in a vocational school is also the perfect way to blend your interests into a lasting and rewarding career. More and more students are discovering the many benefits a trade skill can have on both their career after enrolling in a vocational school. San Antonio now offers a great selection of trade school programs in a wide variety of professions. Demand for skilled tradesmen and women is growing every day! 

Interested in pursuing your career goals at a vocational school in San Antonio? Request more info from Southern Careers Institute today!

This article was published on: 11/23/15 10:54 PM

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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