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A list of career and post high school training resources for the non traditional student
This guide has links to career training programs for students who do not want to start at a four year college, but want to train for a career.
These links will show the admission requirements, expectations, courses, schedules and costs, as well as how to apply.
This guide has links to many programs that take 2 years or less to complete.
Private College Program vs. Community College
IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A PRIVATE "FOR PROFIT" PROGRAM AND A COMMUNITY COLLEGE!
A major difference is cost. The cost at a private program is much higher than at a community college. The private schools also usually offer less financial aide.
In some cases, private programs can have excellent connections with the related businesses and be more successful in helping a student land a job at the end of training. Community Colleges also support in this area, but some private programs are able to do more in this way. Before applying, it is important to ask a program what supports they offer for landing a job when students finish, and what percentageof students are hired full time in the industry six months after completion.
Community College Programs meet the industry's standards for training and some private programs do not.
Community Colleges offer more social opportunities such as extracurricular activities and clubs. They often have facilities that are not available at private training programs such as gymnasiums, workout areas, and large comprehensive libraries.
It is important to visit all types of programs and compare, but almost always the community college is as good or better program than the private program and is much less expensive.
These programs offer free training or have very low cost for the trainee. They are hands on, on the job training and are often combined with classroom training hours one or two nights a week. Theseprograms lead to becoming a full apprentice, and require a certain number of hours on the job. Many are union sponsored and you become a member of that union with all the benefits of union membership. With training and experience, most workers become an apprentice in 4 years and a journeyperson in 7 years.
This program has a recently built, state of the art, electrical training center in Concord, NH run by IBEW Local 490 to train licensed apprentice union electricians. This involves on the job training as well as attending classes once or twice a week at the center. If you apply and are accepted, all training is free. Major requirements are a high school diploma and passing a math/algebra test. If you want to be an electrician this is the way to go!
The Shipyard in Portsmouth regularly hires and trains workers,in the shipbuilding trades through apprenticeships that require classroom and on the job training. These are entry level positions and are full time employment in government civil service with excellent benefits and regularly scheduled raises. This link provides information on how to apply and the requirements for admission.
Job Corps offers hands-on career training and education to prepare you for a good job.
This nationwide program helps you train for a successful career, earn a high school diploma or the equivalent if you need it, career training, and help connecting with job opportunities. Job Corps also helps you transition by offering housing and expense money while you are looking for a job after training.
And, the best part is that Job Corps is 100% free to income-eligible 16- through 24-year-olds.
Credit Certificate Programs
These programs lead to a certificate and require less time and money than a degree program. They prepare students for entry level positions. There are hundreds of course options and offers options in most areas of study. If you are undecided, take some time to look through all these offerings at the affordable community colleges of NH and see if there is one that is a good fit for you.
Often students will start here and earn a certificate which now allows them to get hired in an entry level position and then continue taking more classes, many times with financial assistance from an employer. Most of these certificate class credits can also be applied toward a degree if you return for one.
It is important to ask and learn about employment options and employment rates when applying to these programs so you know exactly what your outcomes could be for employment after earning the certificate.
A list of certificate programs offered at MCC. These programs earn college credits that lead to a certification for entry level employment and can be applied to a degree, if a student wants to further pursue the field.
This is a highly ranked community college and has won national recognition. This link takes you to certificate programs offered and this school is part of the NH Community College System so it offers top training at affordable costs.
This link will take you to all the community colleges in NH and you can explore all their programs from this web page. It includes 2 year degree programs, certificate programs, and non credit certificate programs.
This is part of the NH community college system and offers diploma programs that are 19- 24 credits. They offer programs in Dog Grooming, Culinary Arts, Landscape Horticulture and more. It is located in Durham, NH very close to UNH.
This is a hands on training school to become a licensed mechanic. It trains certified motorcycle, marine, and automotive technicians. It has high ratings and excellent employment record for graduates. It is costly compared to community college options.
NHPCR offers training courses for Emergency Medical Technicians. Current cost in $1295. Upon completion of this basic class you can work in an ambulance responding to medical emergencies. It also offers advanced EMT training if you decide to continue.