Many professional and non-traditional students cannot attend campus-based programs because of their busy schedules and specific geographic issues. Fortunately, for these students who are interested in pursuing a technical degree, there are many technical schools that offer a wide range of technical degrees and certificates programs available 100% online and set on flexible learning schedules.
However, you should know that it is important to make sure the institution is accredited, when choosing a school (including technical school) for online education.
Why should you look for an accredited online technical school?
Indeed, as you know, graduating from an accredited online technical school (the same with any other accredited online programs) doesn’t guarantee jobs or licensure for students. But, it may facilitate and boost such achievement. In addition to a diploma, you might also want to be able to get the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a job well. An accredited school shows they are willing and able to offer their students all of this.
Accreditation ensures that the education you are receiving is at a high level of quality. In addition, a degree from an accredited online school also gains recognition by other colleges and also by most employers. When you apply for a job, most potential employers would check your education history to be sure you graduated from an accredited college, university or program.
For students who want or need to get federal financial aid or grants, it is particularly important to be sure you are enrolled in an online technical school (or other programs) that is accredited. In the United States, all federal student financial aid funds are only available to students who enroll at an educational institution accredited by an accreditation agency that has been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Speaking of accreditation organization, you should be aware that accreditation can be given by either a regional accreditation agency or a national accreditation agency. As for regional accreditation, there are 6 regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Each agency serves a specific geographic area of the country for accreditation of schools, colleges and universities.
For example, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits schools that are located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Other 5 regional accrediting agencies include:
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges
• North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
• Northwest Accreditation Commission
• Western Association of Schools and Colleges
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Regarding national accreditation, it is designed to accredit certain types of schools, colleges and universities. For instance, career schools and technology programs are usually accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
In fact, many technical schools in the United States are accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools, the ACCSCT or a regional accrediting agency.
Note: Some online technical schools without accreditation may offer students certifications and licensing at the end of the programs. However, these schools are unable to provide enough subjects or teaching to qualify as an accredited education.
Looking to earn a technical degree online? Here, we list some of the top accredited online technical schools for your reference.
ITT Technical Institute
ITT Technical Institute, often referred to as ITT Tech or ITTTI, is a private, post-secondary educational institution with more than 140 campuses in 38 states. These institutes are dedicated to helping students develop skills and knowledge to pursue opportunities in an array of career fields, including electronics, criminal justice, business, drafting and design, information technology, nursing and health sciences.
Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, ITT Tech now offers online programs over the internet in a variety of degrees and schools of study. For example, at its School of Drafting and Design, you can attend an online MBA program or pursue an online associate or bachelor degree in the fields of business, drafting and design, information technology, criminal justice and nursing.
With these online programs, a quality education is now available anytime and anywhere it is convenient for students. According to Online Education Database, ITT Technical Institute was ranked as one of the top 20 online schools in the United States in 2009.
Colorado Technical University
Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a U.S. for-profit university, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, mainly in the areas of business, management and technology. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), most of its degree programs can be completed entirely or largely online, including:
• Master and doctoral degrees in Engineering & Computer Science
• Associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in Business & Management
• Associate and bachelor degrees in Health Sciences
• Bachelor and master degrees in Information Systems & Technology
• Bachelor and master degrees in Security Studies
All these online programs allow you to plug into a network of students and faculty, extracurricular clubs, webinars and other resources. There are also career services personnel who are committed to helping you with resume tips, preparing for interviews, career planning and professional networking.
As a prominent distance learning institution, Kaplan University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). With 170 degree and certificate programs offered online, the university offers associate, bachelor and master degrees as well as certificates in a wide variety of fields such as education, business, technology, healthcare and law.
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