Life After High School: Important Higher Education Considerations

After graduating from high school, you may be interested in your higher education options. The good news is that there are a lot of options for traditional and non-traditional students. But first, it’s important to consider a couple of factors like the type of education you wish to pursue and the credentials of your program of interest.

Type of Education

Career School 

Just as the name implies, career-oriented programs are designed to prepare you for a specific career. These diplomas can usually be obtained in less time than it takes to secure an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, meaning you can get in the field quicker. As such, these programs are best suited for students who have a specific vocation in mind.

Certificate 

This type of training illustrates a specific skillset. While many certificates require you to successfully pass an exam, many also require previous education and training. Examples of common certifications include dental assisting, medical assisting, and coding.

Associate’s Degree

Typically called a two-year degree, an associate’s degree can help students learn crucial skill sets that equip them for a career. And for students interested in a traditional four-year undergraduate program, these programs can get them off to a healthy start.

Bachelor’s Degree

The bachelor’s degree is perhaps the most well-known degree. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean it is better for you. As a four-year program, this degree is a good entry point for many industries.

Credentials

Whether you’re pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or a vocational certificate, it’s important to ensure your program is accredited. Accreditation acts assurance that your hard work is likely to be recognized upon graduation. There are different types of accreditation available, such as regional and national, so be sure to determine what’s best for your goals after graduation.

Begin Your Higher Education Today

Whether you wish to pursue a career program, an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree, Northwestern College has something for you.

Contact us today to learn about our certificate, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees!