Not everyone can afford a traditional college education, unfortunately. However, vocational training schools serve as a noteworthy alternative means to prepare individuals for specific careers that require technical skills, such as bookkeeping, teaching, or medical technician work. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 97% of high school graduates in the United States completed at least one vocational training course in 1992, and 87% finished one or more “occupationally specific” courses.”

Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 69.1% of high school graduates (ages 16-24) were enrolled in universities in October 2018. Thus, slightly more than 30% of Americans in this age group graduated in 2018 essentially unprepared for the workforce. Factor in the high numbers of recent college graduates (defined by the BLS as people between the ages of 20 and 29) who are either unemployed or underemployed (up to 41% underemployment among recent grads in 2019) and this education option is essential. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease continues to spread, however, many institutions, including vocational training schools, have been transitioning toward offering courses online, via digital learning tools like Google Classroom, video conferencing programs, and chat rooms.

ACS is the best place to enroll in vocational training courses in Manhattan. Here are how this type of education has evolved in recent years and the results it has produced.

Purpose Of Vocational Training Courses

After the Perkins Act was passed in 1984 to authorize federal financial support for vocational education programs, the NCES conducted a study that revealed vocational training students were more likely to end up working in their field of study than their counterparts who chose to earn traditional, four-year degrees. Part of the reason for this trend relates to the fact that vocational students obtain more hands-on learning in tandem with theoretical lessons and, therefore, can sometimes have more skills to “sell” when seeking their first job.

NCES’s research also suggested that several employers today tend to focus more on vocational students’ specific accomplishments (and GPAs in certain cases) than on the total number of years job candidates spent in school. Thus, if you were able to handle a crisis situation efficiently and by using proper resources and methodologies, you can describe this achievement during an interview and potentially impress a recruiter.

Contact ACS For More Information

Reach out to ACS in Manhattan, New York to learn more about how detailed vocational training courses can prepare you for a career in today’s economy. ACS offers a Bookkeeping Specialist with Business English course and a Medical Assistant Program, which will prepare you to work in physician offices, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and insurance companies, among other healthcare-related locations.

Our hands-on courses are taught by senior-level experts in these fields in state-of-the-art classrooms and open-access labs. We provide nights, weekends, and evening classes, are licensed by the NY State Department of Education and are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Call ACS today at (212) 868-5990 or contact us online for more information.