I read an interesting feature in the Post and Courier by health reporter Lauren Sausser this week about former Miss South Carolina USA Sarah Weishuhn from Goose Creek. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in public health but wound up going back to school at Trident Technical College to get a certificate as a patient support technican, which landed her a job at Trident Medical Center.
There are dozens of certificate programs, also known as gainful employment programs, offered by the South Carolina technical college system. Most of the “career ready” certifications may be earned within four months. Some examples of certifications are advanced manufacturing technologies, which ranges from electrical systems to robotics, bookkeeping, engineering graphic design and web design. Midlands Tech in the Columbia area recently expanded its welding certificate program, which has a 100% job placement rate.
Most high school students receive little or no information about the career certificate programs. They have an expectation that success equals pursuing a four year college degree. Many bachelors degree programs do not lead directly to careers.
Before making a choice about what to do after high school, parents and students need a list of the Top 50 Jobs In Demand, the qualifications required for career entry, and average starting pay. Well-informed students will make better career choices and may avoid the heavy student loan debt associated with many bachelors degree programs.
Read about the Trident Technical College certificate programs at TridentTech.edu.