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How do I Choose the Best Online Tech School?

Christine Hudson
Christine Hudson

An online tech school is a higher education school that allows the student to learn a technical trade via the Internet. Many of these schools are accredited and have physical campuses as well as virtual-learning opportunities. Choosing the best online tech school for your needs may depend on a few different factors, such as the chosen trade, location and necessary training.

Online schooling provides the ability to learn a new skill and possibly prepare for a new career without having to travel to a campus. This may save on time and money, which can be very appealing to potential students. An online tech school is designed to give busier adults the chance to go back to school more easily. A wide variety of trades which do not require hands-on training are available in online classes in many areas.

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Choosing the best online school may depend on the options available in your area. Although these classes are offered via the Internet, all options may not be available in some areas. You may also wish to research a school to be sure it is accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A degree or certification from a non-accredited school may not be accepted by some employers.

Most trades learned in an online tech school are awarded with a certification, but some may require an associate's degree in order to be fully qualified for the workplace. Those trades requiring an associate's degree might still be learned online, but it is normally good to review what the school offers after course completion. If, at a later time, you wish to pursue further education and training in the chosen field, it may also help to be sure the credits earned online are transferable. If they are not transferable, it might mean you'd have to go through the training all over again at another institution.

Another consideration when choosing the best online tech school is the particular class or classes you will need to take in order to complete certification. While some classes you need are available online, others may not be. This means you will only be able to complete part of your training online and may have to visit the campus to complete it. Many online tech schools offer information on their websites or via pamphlets outlining exactly what classes are required and if all of them are available online or not. It is also generally a good idea to speak with a counselor or advisor at that school to determine exactly how to become certified in your chosen trade.

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