If You’re Considering a Vocational School…

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Going to a vocational school, also known as a trade, career or correspondence school, can be an effective way to train for a skilled job as an automotive technician, medical assistant, electronics technician, or any of a number of other positions. Before you commit to a school, though, it’s a good idea to research its training program, its record of placing graduates in jobs, and its fees.

The FTC recently revised its Vocational School Guides: they advise schools to make sure their key claims are truthful, and not deceptive. Basically, ads for vocational schools shouldn’t misrepresent the school’s accreditation, the qualifications of its teachers, the job prospects for its graduates, and the likelihood of its students getting financial aid.

If you’re thinking about getting training at a vocational school, read Choosing a Vocational School. To report a problem with a vocational school’s advertising, contact the FTC.

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I know that the "My Computer Career" School in Indianapolis advertises on the radio. Not about IT accreditation, but getting better jobs. I attended for 11 months and the school had not a single person in the "career services" position the entire time. Not a single person in my class gained a job while i attended.

If you’re not satisfied with the quality of the instruction or training you receive from a vocational or correspondence school, talk to faculty members or the school administration.

If that doesn't work, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, if you are receiving federal financial aid to pay for the school training. To file a complaint, go to ed.gov/misused or call 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733).

You also can report the problem to your state Attorney General and the FTC.


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