In a Yahoo article today, http://education.yahoo.net/articles/6_booming_careers.htm?kid=1HMNR, about what fields are hiring, the advantage clearly goes to the Proprietary Schools like: ITT Technical Institute, Strayer, Phoenix online, DeVry, and others because the fields that are hiring are:
- Medical Records Technician
- Pharmacy Technician
- Dental Assistant
- Financial Assistant
- Personal Financial Advisor
These non-traditional schools have the advantage over traditional schools because they focus on technical career specific education; although, the two financial areas would, no doubt, be best served by the traditional schools in the Knoxville area like the University of Tennessee. However, during these tough economic times, it is encouraging to see that opportunities are out there for our residents.
But, the real question here is where are these students going to get their tuition money? Most of the Proprietary schools rely on Title IV funding from the Federal Government and with the Federal Government on the verge of default, will monies continue to be made available for our students? Since the Government obviously needs to cut back on some of its spending, will those spending cuts hit Education, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Defense, Energy, or other Entitlement programs?
The opportunity is there, but what price are we willing to pay for our future?