Virtually all of the content within CollegeTipsForParents.org involves topics related to traditional college. However, several of our readers have asked us to add content which covers educational alternatives. Many young people feel that a tradtional college isn’t for them even though they have a terrific curriculum, but they still want to continue their education. Below is the first of a series of future posts covering some educational alternatives that might appeal to your child.
Perhaps your son or daughter enjoys helping others and wants a career in the health care field. Sure, advanced college degrees are required for certain medical professions, however there are many health care occupations that do not require a traditional college degree. Modern health care relies heavily on sophisticated equipment and technology. Hospitals and other health care providers need skilled staff who understand how to utilize these high-tech tools and techniques to deliver superior care. Many of these individuals have gotten their skills from a medical tech school. The health care field is one of the few professions that is continually looking to hire staff (particularly those with cutting-edge skills). With that in mind, medical technology training is a great alternative to traditional college.
Maybe your daughter or son is drawn to more artistic pursuits. Modern technology has enhanced some of the creative tools available for those in artistic fields.
For example in the field of photography, the level of sophistication of photographic equipment and editing tools have advanced significantly in the last few years. Today’s photographic equipment can capture amazing imagery. A young photographer will need to learn how to take advantage of these technical tools, but will also need to master the art of photography. If this is the career direction your son or daughter is considering, they may want to look into and research available photography to learn the art and techniques of this field.
In future posts, we plan to discuss technology skills training options, schools of art & design, and other exciting alternatives to traditional college education. Parents, if you have an idea or suggestion for future posts related to this topic we would love to hear from you.
There is an interesting story in the NYTimes by Lisa Belkin about whether or not colleges should be contacting parents when drinking incidents take place at college:
Calling the Parents When a College Student Drinks
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Upcoming Posts and features
We will be posting many new articles and features designed from high school seniors and parents, who are getting ready for college or university.
Topics will include
applications, financial aid, grants, communicating with college orientation staff, essential skills students will need for college, transition from high school to college.
High School seniors and college freshman should pay particular attention to our December 25 post about reducing the risk of identity fraud and improving info security on campus. This has become a troubling problem, so students and college parents need to be aware.
Please also note the new video content on the main page. We have added a video which discusses the differences between high school and college. The video highlights important differences students can expect. It covers both academic differences, study strategy, and campus life.
Both Parents and College Students are invited to submit content. Also, if parents of college students have ideas or suggestions for this weblog, we would love to hear your thoughts.