Your future, your education, your choices in Elkhart

When deciding the best educational path it is critical to consider cost, accreditation, degrees and programs.

Posted on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.

According to Stats Indiana, in 2010, 29.5 percent of 25 plus populations had degrees from associates (two year) to graduate degrees. This is an increase of 5.3 plus in educational attainment since 2000. These statistics show how fortunate the people of Elkhart County are because it offers a multitude of academic centers and schools that offer everything from high school classes at the Elkhart Area Career Center, to adult basic education (ABE) classes throughout the county.

When deciding the best educational path it is critical to consider cost, capabilities, distance, accreditation, degrees, programs, and the ability to transfer your credits, when choosing a career. Additionally, consider that a four-five year curriculum is not for everyone. However, individuals should have a trade or profession that they choose not a job they had to take to survive.

Area trade schools offer a curriculum geared toward enhancing a specific skill. Unlike a traditional college, many trade schools do not require students to take classes that are not necessary to acquire skills in a particular field. In addition, many trade schools offer associate degrees and certifications that help boost annual earnings.

Besides trade schools, other area educational facilities offer degrees or certificates in many other areas. Students can receive training in everything from health support services, culinary arts, automotive technology, an associate’s degree in nursing, and a multitude of other options.

If, however, college is your desire, then the Elkhart area offers a great selection. From two-year to four-year liberal arts universities, and both public and private education, you can select the school, degree, certificate, or trade you desire.

So, choose wisely, follow your heart and head and remember, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” -Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok.


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