With the economy still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, vocational education will be an important component of the recovery process. Vocational education sometimes referred to as Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Vocational Education and Training (VET) is designed to instill skills and provide practical experience directly related to careers and jobs in a variety of industries. Retail, health care, and accountancy are just a few of the careers that can be pursued through vocational education. CTE and VET programs are usually offered through community colleges and training institutes.
As college costs continue to soar and job opportunities continue to dwindle, vocational education may be the ticket to career change and job placement. In 2011, the Obama-Biden Administration delivered 500 million dollars to community colleges, representing the first installment of a 4-year, 2 billion dollar community college and job training investment fund. Thirty two colleges have been granted funds under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative--Collin County Community College District here in North Texas, being one of them. Specifically, the funds will assist community colleges as they collaborate with local employers to train individuals who will be prepared to fill existing vacancies.
So if you are unemployed, or are still working but considering a career change, why not contact Collin County Community College and inquire about a career training program that interests you? Choose from a broad range of vocational industries from advanced manufacturing and transportation to health care and STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.
Making a decision to complete a vocational program could be the starting point for landing a high-paying job in a career that is in high demand.