Private career schools can offer the training needed to find a first job or learn new skills for a new career. The programs provide training in dozens of fields, ranging from electronic repair and computer operation to cosmetology and allied health. Thousands of Marylanders today hold rewarding jobs because of training they received at private career schools.
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Talk with People: Even before you begin exploring schools, take the time to talk about career goals with people whose opinions you respect: teachers and guidance counselors; parents; friends who are already working; and friends who have studied at career schools.
Comparison Shop: You can find the schools that specialize in the kind of training you want on the web page. Refer to web page listing of Approved Private Career Schools and Programs in Maryland for the names and addresses of schools as well as their program names, costs, and lengths.
Take the Time to Visit Several Schools: During these school visits, ask to attend class sessions to see the instruction firsthand. Talk with students who are currently enrolled at the school. Be a wise consumer and do your homework by asking lots of questions.
Ask the Right Questions: Here is a checklist that will help you evaluate private career schools in Maryland:
Ask for a catalog: All students are entitled to a current catalog from any school which they are considering attending. Asking for a catalog does not obligate you to do anything. The catalog will include a great deal of useful information to help you make a reasoned decision in choosing a school. At a minimum, the catalog must contain comprehensive information including:
Talk with potential employers: Once you've decided on a career field, talk with potential employers. Most people will take the time to help you as you research the career field that is right for you. Don't just drop in; call and make an appointment. Ask what kind of training or minimum requirements the employer requires of a new employee. Ask the employer if he or she has had any experience with the graduates of the private career school which you are considering attending. Ask where present employees got their training. When you've talked with one or two employers, take another look at the program you are thinking of taking. Will the program meet your needs?
Take your time: Never let yourself be rushed. Do a thorough job of researching the career field and how a particular program will meet your career needs.
Review the enrollment contract: When you have made a decision about which school to attend, you will need to complete an enrollment contract. Read the contract carefully and remember that the contract is a legally binding document. Ask someone whose experience and advice you trust to review it with you. Make sure the contract specifically explains:
By Maryland regulation, a student can withdraw within seven days of signing the enrollment contract and be refunded all money which has been paid. After the seven days, the student is obligated to pay certain costs as outlined in the school's refund policy. Ask any questions you have until you understand this policy thoroughly. Remember not to sign a contract which has blanks that have not been filled in. Also, remember to take and keep your copy of the enrollment contract.
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