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OK so -- -- That they can come back as more Americans pursue trade certifications rather than a conventional four year degree.
But what's behind asserts.
Let's -- Harris Millard is president of the career college association and joins us from DC thank you for being with us our.
Thank you for having me today -- -- you're seeing a rise in basically treat education these -- More more people are asking what is the return on investment for my post secondary education.
And more more people are saying perhaps the best choice for me is to go to a school that is teaching me -- -- location or occupation.
Our schools ranged from medical degrees in law degrees.
Through baccalaureate -- associate degrees and certificates but -- sitting about a 25%.
Growth rate in our sector now almost 10% of higher education.
Because more more people are saying I want to know specifically.
That my education is gonna get me a job or from Marty and occupation.
Is -- improve my chances to get ahead in my career.
-- he represented some 14100 institutions be talking a little about the quality of education because.
We see these TV commercials all the time for -- wide variety of vocational institution that you sometimes you ask yourself.
-- -- really gonna get a job if I go to a school like that for a period of time.
The answer is yes and our schools are actually held to a higher standard than traditional higher education.
No traditional school have to publish figures on graduation rates or job placement rates -- vast majority of our schools do and you can look up as they say.
Our schools have to prove that they can place their graduates in the area -- occupation which they've been trained.
If they can't do that -- the schools cannot maintain their eligibility to have their students accept federal -- so every day in every way.
These schools have to make sure that their students are getting.
The education and training that's best for the marketplace and -- actually work with them to make them get jobs set to face off financially as well.
The schools don't directly offer financial aid the way the students get financial status -- -- eligible for various federal programs -- -- grants or loans are various state.
Programs some schools do have small scholarships.
But they don't run on that business model where they're basically taking money from the -- -- students and giving it the poorest students the way traditional higher education does.
-- he mentioned health care I imagine that the demand for health care workers is skyrocketing you know the last couple years.
Absolutely last year most people don't know this last year 10% of all nurses in this country were trained at institutions that are members of my associates and last year 54%.
Of all allied health workers that's not the doctors and nurses and everybody else in the medical food chain we're trained our sector 65%.
Of the people of Florida.
So that's been explosive growth because -- know even in this down economy when there are some challenges.
In demand for health care workers is dramatic.
We're turning away 40000.
Nursing applicants every year in this country even though we have a shortage of nurses.
Our sector is expanding their nursing programs as quickly as they get the approval from the federal government the state government of various nursing boards because as soon as their programs -- or prove.
There's a massive sign up for students to come into that.
Come back to a trade school to actually learn a trade.
Maybe to pursue his second career.
Absolutely a lot of people have made decisions early in life and they went right through the -- higher education system and maybe they got a degree in.
History or English or something which was very good and they backed themselves into a job.
But in this 21 century economy more more employers are saying.
Tell me what your specific skills are.
And those people may not have a specific skill and to be.
In the medical field -- the IT field -- the culinary field you need specific skills so it's not that that time was necessarily wasted getting that general education.
But right now to get ahead you need specific knowledge and skills and that's what arts schools are there -- deliver.
Harris is the CCA or the other schools that you represented they have.
An official relationship.
With labor unions.
No but many of our schools a local basis do we don't have won a national level that many of our schools particularly schools that focus on the more blue collar areas like.
Repairs and some of that new areas like green jobs we have schools now offering green job training not abstract.
Tree -- kind of green jobs that's that's nice but real skills that help people to build new buildings -- build new homes with this new technology -- -- like ten seconds quickly.
She needs something like this -- I could learn all this on the job why the -- school and I can just go be an apprentice to which Jack why learn added you know.
Via mechanically I can go to -- garage what's the response there.
Because it is so tactical.
It is so special specific that you're gonna take waste a lot of time if you try to do it on your round the best way to do it is what the professors and -- technology.
In the place where you can learn it quickly and get out of the job market start earning money.
There -- thank you so much they're great information.
Thanks for having me there's no the career college association we -- moving along coming up I want Connors that's laughs you did you -- yeah I think the.
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