This series is designed to help you increase your referrals by understanding the different needs of Career Step’s students and why your friends and family might choose to go back to school with us. This month we’re focusing on why a certificate program from Career Step might be the perfect fit for college students.
I know what you’re thinking. Why would someone already going to school to get a degree want to also enroll in a certificate program? The simple answer is time and money.
Earn While You Learn
Most college students start school with the goal of finishing in 2 or 4 years, depending on the degree. However, the average time to complete an associate degree is actually over 3 years and a bachelor degree is 4.5 years. A certificate program from Career Step on the other hand can be completed in as little as 3 months. This means they are able to get into the workforce much sooner.
With the rising cost of a degree, having a job is a necessity for many college students. While a few are lucky enough to get a scholarship or have parents that are able to afford their tuition, most college students have to support themselves. Our career-focused programs are designed to get students in, out, and working as soon as possible. This means they can earn a decent living while still pursuing their college degree.
Want to see a great example of how well this can work? Check out Gladys Aragon’s graduate success story! She completed Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program during the first semester of her freshman year so she could work in healthcare while going to school to be an architect.
How to Spread the Word
Spreading the word is as easy as sharing your own experience with Career Step with your friends or family that are in college. Let them know that our awesome graduate services department will even help them get a job after graduation. (At the time of this blog post, 84% of our graduates get a job in the career they’ve trained for!) You can also post our Earn While You Learn referral flier on bulletin boards in your community. (Be sure to write your referrer ID on the appropriate line on the flier so you get credit for any enrollments!)