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Talking points to set the record straight on career education


Myth: You need a four-year degree from a liberal arts college to get a good job.

FACT: A four-year degree may be necessary for some careers (doctors, lawyers, etc…), but there are hundreds of other skilled career opportunities that do not require a four-year liberal arts degree. There is currently a “Skills Gap” in this country of several million jobs that exist and need filled with skilled labor, but there are not enough trained people available to fill many of these jobs. By pursuing a skilled trade in a profession that is part of this Skills Gap, graduates of career and technical programs are very marketable to employers. To the contrary, there are some programs at four-year liberal arts colleges and universities that have very few jobs attached to them for graduates to pursue after program completions.


Myth: Private career colleges and schools are “for-profit” and profit should not be a part of education.

FACT: Private career colleges and schools include both for-profit and non-profit schools. The difference in the tax status of the school has no correlation to the quality of education a school delivers. A large majority of private postsecondary career and technical schools are established as “for-profits” for tax purposes. Regardless of the tax status of the school, the more important thing to look at with each school should be the results and student outcomes.


Myth: Private career colleges and schools have low graduation rates

FACT: The exact opposite is true. The average (across sector) on-time graduation rates for two-year programs or less at private career colleges and schools is approximately 60%, compared to the average two-year programs or less at community colleges and other public colleges, which is approximately 20%. Private career colleges and schools, on average, graduate students in two-year programs or less at a rate approximately three times higher than the average public institutions.


Myth: Some private career colleges and schools have trouble finding graduates jobs.

FACT: The opposite is true for this myth as well. Private career colleges and schools, on average, place approximately 75-80% of graduates directly into their chosen career field upon graduation. This number exceeds other sectors of higher education and many other traditional liberal arts schools’ placement rates

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