Student Life at a Career College: What You Need to Know

students at a career college


Did you know that many people opt out of four-year colleges in favor of career training? More and more students choose career colleges for a faster track into the job market. But if you think job-focused programs are only about the job, you don’t get it. There may be no frat houses, but many career schools offer engaging classroom experiences and a vibrant student life.


Here’s some of what you could find at your career college:



Small Class Sizes


Colleges often have big classes with hundreds of students in them, especially for your freshman classes. Because career programs eliminate many general ed classes, you’ll find yourself immediately in classes focused on what you’ll actually do in your career and with fewer students. Your peers and your teachers will know you by name; you’ll get to know everyone really well. There’s time to connect and get individualized attention, and even have some fun while you learn. Your instructors will also pull from their experiences in the profession to answer questions and offer examples of what you might find in the real world.


Flexible Schedule


Unlike college kids who tend to spend their days on campus and in classrooms, you probably have a lot more going on in your life. That’s why career colleges offer day and night classes, on-campus and online programs, and some that blend it all together. The idea is to make your education fit your life. Maybe you work full-time or have childcare responsibilities. Or maybe you just want your time in your program to be as productive as possible. A flexible schedule helps you—and your fellow students—do that.


Clubs and Activities


A common misconception about career schools is that they’re all work and no play. That’s not true! Many schools have clubs, events, activities—even student associations. At Career Quest Learning Centers, we have frequent fun events that engage the whole Career Quest community and the surrounding area. Blood drives, Career Fairs, holiday events, and contests, are just a small sample of what you can expect for student life at our school. We also have a Student Association and the National Technical Honor Society. Clubs like these help you collaborate on projects, learn about cooperation, and practice your leadership skills. They also help you network with your peers.  


Student Services


Careers schools also offer support in and out of the classroom. Whether you need help from the teacher understanding a lesson or concept, need tutoring, or want some extra lab time, it’s available. But at Career Quest, we offer much more. We connect students to one another for carpooling. We help some students find external resources like transportation, housing, and childcare. And our Life Plan Support Services are available for many different types of support, help, and encouragement. From connecting you to employers to helping you dress for the interview, they’re on your side!


Our students are just as motivated as you are, and they want to get to know peers like you who have many of the same interests that they do. What about you? If you’re interested in learning more about how you can add education back into your life, contact us today at Career Quest Learning Centers!


“By the time you’re done, you will have the confidence that you can go out there in the field and do what you need to do.”


“I am a completely different person than when I started my program. I have so much more confidence now. I really think I can do anything if I put my mind to it. Before I started here, I wasn’t very happy with my life. Now I’m smiling all the time.”