For some grads, career-focused training can be an alternative to a four-year college
Attention high school seniors in the Lowell, Massachusetts area. Deciding what you are going to do after graduation can be difficult for many young people. There is a whole world of choices before you, and there is pressure to decide what type of post-secondary education you want to pursue.
If you are someone who does not feel that a four-year college is the right path for you, you are not alone. But don’t worry…there are other options. Community colleges offer two-year associate’s degree programs, and vocational schools have job training that might be a better fit for you. A third alternative is private career-focused schools that prepare you for job fields in less than one year’s time.
The Salter School, located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is one example of this type of school. The Salter School is an accredited career training school that offers three programs that will get you career-ready in less than one year. Here are our three programs:
- Professional Medical Assistant: If you are interested in being part of the healthcare industry, this may be an option for you. Medical assistants greet patients, handle front office duties, measure vital signs, take patient histories, prepare patients for their exams, and update patient charts.
- Health Claims Specialist (Medical Billing and Coding: Medical billers and coders are responsible for processing medical insurance claims. They work in medical offices and hospitals, and help keep the insurance and billing processes running smoothly.
- Massage Therapist: In recent years, massage therapy has become a more mainstream practice in the field of health and wellness. Massage therapists work in spas, chiropractor offices, the hospitality industry, and in private practice.
If you have decided that 4-year college is not for you, here are some great reasons to consider getting your education at the Salter School in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
1. No SAT required!
You do not need to take the SAT to apply to the Salter School. You do not need to have the world’s best grades. Our application process is simple. Here’s what you need to do.
- Give us a copy of your high school diploma (or equivalent)
- Take our admissions test, to test your basic skills
- Participate in an admissions interview
- Pay a $25 application fee
- Sign our enrollment agreement
2. Be job-ready in less than one year
We know that many students are eager to get into the job market and start earning money. Our accredited career-focused programs can be completed in less than one year. This is because they focus only on the career skills that you need in your new career field. Our programs eliminate the need for a lot of academic prerequisites. The programs include classroom courses and hands-on practice, as well as an unpaid externship where you get to try your skills in a real-world setting. The programs are geared toward entry-level job positions, and are also good foundations if you want to further your education in the future.
3. Convenient to Lowell
Our campus in Tewksbury, Massachusetts is easy to reach. Just hop on the 3 bus in downtown Lowell. In about 15 minutes, you will reach the Riverview Commerce Center, and our campus is a 1-minute walk from there. We do not have residential facilities, which means you will not have the expense of room and board. We also offer evening classes, to help our students who hold jobs during the day.
4. More personal atmosphere
For some students, a community college is overwhelming. The large classrooms, big lecture halls, and sheer number of fellow students can be intimidating. The Salter School is a comparatively small school, and because of this, we are fortunate that we can really get to know our students. Our classrooms are small, and we offer just three career-focused programs. Instructors and staff will know you by name!
5. Financial aid advisors who are here to help
Paying tuition is a concern that is on everyone’s mind. We provide Financial Aid Advisors who will help you understand the financial aid application process. We don’t want finances to stand in the way of your education!
We hope this article helps all Lowell-area students who are considering post-secondary education. If you think our school would work for you, give us a call, or use our online form to contact us. We can’t wait to hear from you!