Call the human resource department of the businesses in the field you would like to enter. Ask what education/training and credentials they look for in prospective employees. Find out if openings in the field are plentiful and what schools best prepare their employees.
Call the school and ask for its graduation rates. Also ask for the percentages of students who pass their licensing exams and/or get placed in jobs.
Request the names and phone numbers of recent graduates. Ask them: Did you find the training useful? Did you find work? A school that cannot put you in touch with satisfied customers is one you may want to avoid.
If the school is accredited (see explanation below), write or call the accrediting agency and ask for the results of the school's latest review.
Contact an employment or career counselor and ask about schools in the field that you want to pursue.
Call the Educational Approval Board (EAB) at (608) 266-1996 and speak with a school administration consultant about the school's compliance history, any complaints that may have been filed by students, or the findings from recent visits to the school.
Will the course of instruction qualify me for employment in my chosen field?
Am I capable of and sufficiently interested in pursuing and completing the total program?
Is this school the best source of training in the field and are there other public, private, or vocational options?
Do I really need to complete this program to be employed in this field and are my prospects of getting a job good if I complete the program?
Is the cost of the course of instruction reasonable for the amount of training provided?
Am I financially able to pay for the program?
If an enrollment agreement is executed in any location other than the school itself, does the school representative have a permit issued by the EAB?
Is the representative able to give evidence supporting any claims made about job opportunities, placement rates, and salaries or wages to be earned?
Is the representative giving you time to think about your options or is she/he pressuring you to sign quickly?
Have you read the enrollment agreement carefully, including the fine print, asked questions about points not understood, and taken time to reflect on the obligations listed on the contract?
Does the enrollment agreement clearly state the cost of the program, method of payment, provisions for cancellation, and the school's refund policy?
Before signing, have you thoroughly investigated the school and its course of instruction?
If you still have questions, call the EAB at (608) 266-1996.
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