Last year, the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reported that for-profit colleges showed the most growth in enrollments for 2009. This year, the story is pretty much the same.
According to an article for Inside Higher Ed, enrollment in for-profit colleges grew by 8.3 percent for fall 2010, compared to 2.3 percent at public universities, and 2.4 percent at private nonprofit schools.
So why might more students be enrolling in for-profit colleges, many of which are vocational schools that provide training for specific career fields?
Wait, did I just answer my own question there?
Seriously though, while there is no singular reason that shows why for-profits are seeing more growth in enrollment, there is no arguing that jobs are still hard to come by and many employers are looking for a specific set of skills.
The healthcare sector, for example, which is expected to see the most job growth from 2010-2020, tends to require some form of post-secondary education and/or training. Schools and colleges that offer healthcare programs help provide the specific career training that students need to enter a field without having to jump on the traditional 4-year public university train.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field, but don’t know where to start? How about starting by getting trained and developing skills for a specific career, such as Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, or Limited Scope X-Ray Technician!