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If you’re looking to further your education, but aren’t sure a college degree is right for you, you are not alone. Today, more and more people are considering short-term job training and certification programs as an alternative. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. schools awarded more than 1 million educational certificates in 2010-2011 alone.
Most job training programs typically take 2 years or less to complete. Job training can give you both formal instruction and hands-on experience related to your career of choice—including in fields such as healthcare and computer programming.
Job training may be offered through technical or trade schools or professional or government associations. Plus, many colleges now offer certificate programs in a range of professional areas.
VSAC offers grants for eligible Vermont residents enrolled in qualified non-degree courses or programs and there are a range of training programs offered in Vermont. Many Vermont colleges and universities offer short-term certificate and training programs in addition to their full degree programs.
There are many other organizations in Vermont that offer short-term training and certificate programs—including for profit and nonprofit organizations as well as state run programs and apprenticeships. One good way to narrow your search is to inquire with the professional or trade association connected to your area of interest to see what they recommend.
Once you’ve located the program you’re interested in, connect back with us to see if the program is eligible for Advancement Grant funding.