3 College Alternatives For Those Who Don't Want To Go To UniBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
There are different types of learners. Others learn better in the classroom while some acquire knowledge better through movement.
There are a few who drop out of college because it does not match their learning preference. Traditional teaching just involves visual and auditory learning while ignoring kinesthetic learners.
According to U.S. News, experts believe that some students may be happier in another path than going to a four-year college. About 41 percent of students who enroll in college fail to complete their degrees within six years.
College is not for everyone, education consultants admit, especially with the rising cost of tuition. "No one wants the burden of the cost of college and just have it be a place where there's no real focus," Scott Weingold, co-founder of College Planning Network, said.
Online schools, volunteering and enrolling in an internship program are some of the traditional college alternatives available today. Here are three more options for those who feel that college is not for them.
1. Vocational or trade school
This is perfect for kinesthetic learners because it involves learning and working with one's hands rather than sitting in a classroom all day. Certificate holders have been found to earn 20 percent more on average than high school graduates.
"We get the hands-on-training in the labs and in the shops. So the stuff we finish in class, we can go and reiterate," Jessica Turner, 23, said. She enrolled in the diesel and industrial program at the Universal Technical Institute's Pennsylvania campus.
Entrepreneurship may be the best way for those who have a knack at business. InventiveLabs, a research lab and business incubator in Amesbury, Massachusetts, has a program for people who dropped out of college and want to create their own businesses.
3. Gap year
In a survey last year by the American Gap Association, it was revealed that 81 percent of those who took a gap year wanted a break from the traditional academic track. Experts say that some high school graduates need a chance to develop personally before going to college.