OWhen an important decision is made, practical exploration is crucial. Asking questions and talking to others who have been in your shoes are extremely important when deciding what to do next. At South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), they host career and technical program spotlights where prospective students can test out programs with tremendous growth opportunities and have their questions answered by teachers and graduates with experience. of the real world.
“At Spotlight events, we’ll feature faculty from the programs so students can learn from the source and ask direct questions,” says Erin Rust, Admissions Specialist. “The spaces students would use like labs and classrooms, and the tools they might use like machines, trade-specific tools, and specialized spaces are all things they will experience.” SPSCC currently offers 20 such programs, ranging from accounting and culinary arts to software development, machining and welding., and all the rest.
And I mean almost everything! Prof Tech courses cover cybersecurity and network administration, baking and pastry arts, medical assisting or medical coding and billing, and paralegal degrees. You can learn Architecture-Engineering-Construction, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Craft Brewing and Distilling or Early Childhood Education. And don’t forget that dental assistance and nursing care are always in high demand.
Know a student who is still nervous about taking the plunge? “If anyone was unsure about applying for one of the Prof Tech programs,” Rust says, “I would encourage them to attend a flagship event, as it will be a very engaging and exciting event with lots of information and in-person experiences to help them decide if the program is right for them.
Deep exploration of a Spotlight may just tip the scales for registrants. “We aim for prospective students to be able to imagine themselves in this space doing what they are passionate about and leave with their questions answered and confident if they wish to pursue a particular profession throughout their career. training at SPSCC,” says Rust. “Exploring our Prof Tech programs in this way is a great way to see, before a student enrolls in classes – or even applies to college – if they click with the professors, like the workspace and learning or asks any questions they may have about the program, space or tools.
“Attending a Spotlight would be an ideal experience for anyone who is considering getting into a trade but is hesitant because they feel they need more information, have questions, or would like to try it out,” Rust says. “Students will discover the program and all the certificates related to the program; who are the teachers; what the classroom, workspaces and labs look like; what type of tools they will use; how they will be prepared to work in today’s climate in areas related to the program they would be in and have the opportunity to ask questions.
The SPSCC hopes to have several such Spotlights each year, ideally a few each quarter. Erin Rust explains that they also hope to host a Prof Tech Open House that showcases all the options in one big, fun and fair event.
For more than 60 years, the SPSCC has worked hard to amplify student success. Their Prof Tech programs lead to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or program certificate, depending on the focus area, and can be completed in a few months or up to two years. They result in real-world internships, experienced mentors, and professional connections that allow students a smooth transition into the working world. Details of upcoming Spotlights can be found on the Prof Tech website or the SPSCC school calendar. Questions can be sent to [email protected] or 360.596.5440. Rust and the admissions team are always happy to answer your questions, arrange a campus tour, or guide you through the registration process.
Keep an eye out for the next Open House Week taking place April 18-22 online and in person. RSVP to the online and on-site open houses via the SPSCC website and experience all that the school has to offer. The event is free and open to anyone willing to push play on their educational goals at any stage of learning.
Whether changing careers or simply adding a new, highly marketable skill to your repertoire, all Prof Tech classes at SPSCC come with the school’s commitment to flexible teaching, financial assistance and support services that meet the needs of working adults. If you or someone you know is curious about hands-on career and technical training, Spotlight is the perfect, stress-free opportunity to live, learn, and grow.