A Beginners Guide to Choosing Online Technical Colleges

Have you ever had the kind of problem when you are searching for your car keys and cannot find them no matter how hard you try? You cannot give up – they are your car keys, after all. Have you ever noticed that they are always in the last place you decided to look? Have you even wondered why that is? It is because once you find them, you stop looking. They will always be in the last place you look.

Looking for car keys is one thing. Looking for online technical colleges is another. There are two big differences between looking for lost car keys and looking for online technical colleges:

  • For most people, when they look for online technical colleges, it is the first time they have looked.
  • There is not a problem finding online technical colleges. The problem is deciding how to choose the right one.

 

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There are a lot to choose from, but one is just right.

Things to Look for in an Online Technical College: A Beginner’s Guide

The location of the school is no longer a concern, because you are going to take classes online. That simplifies the search a bit.

  • Which schools offer programs that prepare me for my chosen career?
  • Are the schools that offer those programs accredited? Accreditation may apply to either a school or a program that the school offers. The rule of thumb is to always choose an accredited school.

 

 

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Accredited schools have been audited and approved.

  • How much does it cost? Many lists leave this to the end, but affordability – or lack thereof – can make a lot of other questions irrelevant.
  • Is financial aid available for me?
  • Will I be able to transfer class credits to another school in the future? This is one situation where accreditation is important. Many accredited schools will not accept class credits from schools that are not accredited.
  • I have some college experience. Will this school accept my previously-earned credits?
  • How does the online program work? What will I be expected to accomplish and in what amount of time?
  • What kind of orientation can I expect to become familiar with the school and its policies?
  • How soon may I start once I have registered?
  • How flexible will my schedule be? Will I have to be “in class” when class is in session on campus or will I be able to work around my personal schedule?
  • What kind of academic assistance can I expect?

It’s an online course. How could your dog possibly eat your homework?

Why Florida Technical College’s Online Programs Are the Right Fit

The simplest answer is that FTC can answer each of the preceding questions favorably. For instance, FTC is accredited nationally by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Also, once registered for a course, online students are able to begin as soon as they have been granted access to the course materials. No less important, the software used by FTC includes a thorough online orientation so that students are fully prepared before they begin classes. FTC’s Financial Aid Office can help online students secure educational funding, should they need it.

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Benefit #1: Flexibility

View lectures when you are available. If you have a day job to help pay the bills or take care of a family member, you are free to study on your time, review videos when you can and learn at your own pace. Do you want to set up a desk in your living room? Do you want a change of scenery at the park or Starbucks? You have the flexibility to learn where you want. You can customize your learning environment so you can concentrate better and learn more.

You will also have many different options to collaborate with classmates and contact instructors. Whether asking questions during a video call, sending an email, or chatting online, you can talk to the people you need to and stay connected while learning online. You can also join a virtual study group to swap ideas, talk about classroom assignments, get questions answered and feel connected with your instructors and classmates.

Benefit #2: Time Management

With a school commute from your bedroom to the living room, you save time on travel. Not to mention the cost of fuel and parking. Spend your time learning and living life. Create a healthy work/life balance with an online technical college.

Benefit #3: Repeat Coursework

Maybe you did not catch something during the lecture, and you want to watch a rerun of the coursework. Do you want to refresh yourself on a subject before a test? You can repeat the coursework if needed so you reinforce the material. Take the online technical school training at your own pace and learn when it is best for you. Are you a night owl? You can study at night when you concentrate the best.

Benefit #4: Get Instant Recognition

Many quizzes, exams and tests are given online. If the questions are multiple choice than you will get instant recognition after you finish. Know what grade you got on the quiz so you can study what you need to and focus on the material that will help the most.

Online school is online cool.

Florida Technical College offers 15 different online courses of study culminating with diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor degrees. See page 173 of our catalog for a complete listing of our online courses.

Did this beginner’s guide to online technical school interest you? You can learn more about our online courses at www.ftccollege.edu. Be sure to contact us so that we may discuss the FTC opportunity with you and ensure that all of your questions are answered. Toll-free numbers to each of our campuses are displayed at the top of each website page. If you have questions outside of normal school hours, you may want to take advantage of an online chat with one of our expert representatives. We look forward to you joining our online student family!

Lou Gutheil writes about a wide variety of subjects, including investments, immigration, technology, NGOs, and higher education marketing.