Ever wondered about the differences between a traditional four-year college and a trade school in Reno such as Career College of Northern Nevada? Some differences are obvious: with a trade school or career college, you enjoy a shorter length of time required to earn a degree along with intense specialization in a particular field. But beyond that, there are more subtle – but still significant – contrasts between the two.
Many young students enter a four-year college setting with a vague idea of what they want to study. But it often takes two or three years of unrelated core classes before the students get to the heart of what they’ve come to learn about. By then, the student may have changed majors, further extending their college experience into a costly five- or six-year journey with no clear end game.
A trade school, on the other hand, is all about laser focus.
Here are some advantages to trade schools:
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Ask Alyssia Escobar how she manages to raise a family while attending classes in the Health Information Management program at CCNN and she’ll tell you it comes down to sheer perseverance.
“Honestly, it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Escobar says, laughing. “I used to be the most negative, self-doubting person anyone has known. When I first started at CCNN, I couldn’t get it together.”
But that’s not the case today.
Now in her next-to-last phase of the Health Information Management program, Escobar juggles her first-grade daughter’s school with her own courses all while holding down the fort at home with her husband, who works graveyard shifts.
“It took me a while to find the right balance,” she says. “It wasn’t until I joined the Health Information program last January that I found that balance. Now, in the afternoons my daughter and I do our homework together. We both enjoy our quiet time.”
Escobar’s ultimate goal is to work in behavioral or mental health for a hospital or rehabilitation clinic. Once she finishes her coursework at CCNN, she’ll serve in the real-world setting of a medical facility for her 120-hour externship. It’s the final requirement of anyone studying in the 18-month Health Information Management program.
Escobar couldn’t have picked a better field to enter. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says health information management jobs are expected to grow by 21 percent by 2020, which puts her in a prime position to capitalize on a growing profession.
She says the staff at CCNN has been extremely flexible with her situation, even allowing her to start classes at 8 a.m., duck out quickly to get her daughter to school at 8:55, then return to resume her classwork.
“My teachers are so understanding,” she says. “Everything comes down to time management.”
To anyone doubting whether they can maintain home life while attending classes to further their education, Escobar encourages them to reach inside themselves, find the motivation and go for it.
“Even as the program got harder and I wasn’t sure I could keep going, just thinking about how far I’d gotten meant I couldn’t give up,” she says. “Once I gained that faith in myself, it gave me something to hold onto.”
Escobar says everyone faces challenges in life, but it’s how you react that matters most.
“If I can complete this program, anyone can,” she says. “Even when life gets tough, you need to get up and keep fighting. You will never get anywhere without throwing a few punches back.”
To learn more about whether CCNN is right for you, take our career quiz today. And, to all the hard-working mothers who manage to inspire us every single day, have a happy Mother’s Day. You deserve it!
Dear Fellow CCNN Students,
Welcome to a new quarter! Whether you’re a soon-to-be graduate or a brand-new student, the first day of school – aside from being a bit nerve-racking – is the ideal opportunity to start fresh. And what better place to do that than Career College of Northern Nevada? At CCNN, we make it a priority to provide our students with the supportive environment they need to not only accomplish their goals, but to continue to excel well into the future.
While many of our returning students may know the ropes, we’d like to take this time to introduce those of you just starting out to some tried and true tips to successfully navigating the path toward academic success, while also making the most of your CCNN experience.
Finance Your Education
Figuring out how you’re going to pay for college can be one of the toughest – if not scariest – parts of deciding to continue your education. Studies have shown that nearly one-third of high school graduates opt out of college due to a lack of finances. At CCNN, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to further their education. That’s why we not only educate our students on financial aid options, but also work tirelessly to make sure you get the assistance you need.
Ask for Help
When you’re relearning how to manage your time, juggling classes, homework and work can become real stressful really quickly. That’s why we offer our students a Student Resources handbook, chock-full of helpful resources available to you whenever you need them.
Just ask our returning students. This will come in handy multiple times throughout the course of your CCNN career. Feel like you’d benefit more from a face-to-face conversation? Feel free to contact us at any time. We’ll be happy to help connect you with the right person to answer your questions, no matter what it is.
Health Information Management Department Chair and CCNN instructor Lori Hoffman encourages students to speak up if they need help.
“When we try to help students along – when they are having a harder time than in some other classes – we may bring in tutoring or we may try different approaches,” Hoffman says. She says one of the unique approaches can involve bringing in another instructor to help the student see things from a different perspective.
And most importantly:
When you’re constantly heads-down rushing to your next class or studying for finals, it can be easy to miss out on all the awesome things going on around you. At CCNN, we try to make sure our students make the most of their time with us through various campus-sponsored organizations, events, celebrations and more. And, if you haven’t yet seen a former student return to CCNN to ring the bell, it’s something you shouldn’t miss.
In the end, the most important thing to realize is that you’ve taken the first step to achieving your goals – and for that you should be proud. We hope that you enjoy your time at CCNN this quarter and heed our advice in making the most of your time with us. Because before you know it, you’ll be graduating and well on your way to a promising career.
Ready to discover whether CCNN is right for you? Take our career assessment quiz here.
Tax time. Nobody enjoys it very much, especially when you end up owing the IRS. Still, it makes April the perfect month to train our minds on becoming more financially savvy. Perhaps this is why April is specifically set aside as Financial Literacy Month. The aim is to teach us all to be more financially responsible and “achieve financial wellness.”
At Career College of Northern Nevada, we fully support the idea of learning more about getting the most out of your finances and avoiding unnecessary debt. It’s one of the reasons an education at CCNN is so affordable compared with a conventional university setting, which can often saddle students with the lifetime burden of never-ending debt. Whether you’re studying welding and fabrication, Information Technology, medical assisting, HVAC or any number of other degrees, CCNN aims to make your studies affordable so you can graduate with confidence that the money you earn in your new career stays in your pocket.
If you are considering a new career and if CCNN is on your radar, it pays to look at the big picture as you make your decision. Ask yourself:
CCNN Financial Advisor Eric Cadenhead understands the importance of financial literacy, because he works with students on a daily basis, helping them with everything from Pell Grants and other financial aid options. He recommends setting up a one-on-one meeting with CCNN’s financial aid department so you get a real feel for all your options.
“Financial literacy is important because, as with anything else in life, the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be,” Cadenhead says. “With an investment as significant as your education … it’s really important to be as knowledgeable as possible.”
Get CCNN Financial Aid Officer Eric Cadenhead’s take on financial literacy here
In the end, financial literacy can be broken up into several stages, based on your current situation in life, as we described in a blog post last year. We highly recommend you give it a read to see if you’re in the survival stage, the want stage, the saving stage or the wealth-building stage. Once you understand that you’re not meant to merely survive – but thrive – you’ll be well on your way to financial literacy. And that’s something everyone should want to achieve.
April isn’t just the time when flowers bloom and the days grow warmer and longer. It’s also National Welding Month, which makes it the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at this trade, which is partly about skill, partly about art but all about patience and perseverance.
We recently sat down and spoke with two Career College of Northern Nevada Welding and Fabrication students about their experiences at CCNN and their hopes for the future.
Phase Four welding student Bryan Blank tells us welding is “in my blood,” and that he’s proud to become a third-generation welder thanks to the skills he learns in class every day at CCNN. Blank started welding when he was 10 and brings raw talent to CCNN, but the Welding and Fabrication program has taught him a lot of preparation.
“Before, I was like, I want to do it, just get it done,” he says. “Now, I’ve really got to think about” a project before starting it.
Now in his third phase of welding studies at CCNN, Earl McBride is all about finding his groove, which he says welding allows him to do on a daily basis.
“I’ve given my teachers a lot of grey hairs,” McBride jokes, but is serious about his commitment to the program.
“Knock me down, I come back,” he says. “(The program is) tough but I just got to stick it out and go.”
Welding and Fabrication at CCNN
The job marketplace offers steady, highly-paid work for skilled welders, such as the ones who graduate from Career College of Northern Nevada’s Welding and Fabrication program.
Our welders learn skills needed to succeed in the welding field such as:
CCNN’s welding students will learn many of the skills it takes to become a qualified welder, which can provide a rich, rewarding and hands-on career to last a lifetime. Are you ready to explore a possible career in welding? Look no further than Career College of Northern Nevada’s Welding and Fabrication school. Learn more and get started today.