If time is money, less is more.
The times are changing and everyone is watching where every penny goes and wondering which direction their future is heading. When your hands are in your pockets and a quick, cost-effective and time-efficient change is rattling around in your mind, the best place to turn and put a specific fraction of your money is Orange County Public Schools Career and Technical Education centers. Nowhere else can you enroll for ¼ the cost and ¼ the time as other options—not to mention students are able to choose from over 100 advanced career training certificate programs. So, it is easy to see that once students decide to enroll, they can “get in, get out and get paid.”
Beyond the fact that an OCPS CTE certificate program education takes less time to complete, many other numbers should be considered. For instance:
- Easy enrollment process with fewer standardized requirements
- Higher percentage of students accepted
- Tuition is rising at a lower rate than average inflation (due to being part of a K-12 education system)
- Rolling admissions
- On-going courses
- Year round classes
- Multiple locations
- Part of an A-rated, K-12 school system
- Small class sizes
- Hands-on instruction
- Job placement assistance
- High job placement rate (90%)
- Workforce/ career-ready education
- Above average starting salary
The above points might seem obvious, but what should be read between the lines is the fact that education inflation rises faster (about two times the rate) than the average rate of inflation, including salaries and general cost of living. Most four-year universities offer courses on an annual basis, even if they are semester or quarterly based. Traditional four-year school graduates are entering the workforce with antiquated knowledge, thus subpar preparedness.
OCPS CTE students can see the results of their academic decisions in less time. They don’t have to waste time taking core classes or superfluous prerequisite coursework that is irrelevant to their major. They jump right in and finish able and ready to start working. While other students are applying and reapplying for financial aid that will take years to pay off, OCPS CTE students are enjoying a fulfilling career that is paying for their life interests, not interest to a bank.
College enrollment, academic majors and statistics are ever-changing. The following chart is based on US averages reported in the first quarter of 2009. Statistics are presented by College Board but submitted by the reporting college or university. OCPS CTE does not take responsibility for any inaccurate information and presents findings solely for the purpose of overall comparison to Orange and Seminole County schools. Additional information can be found by contacting the schools directly.