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Do Your Homework Before Choosing For-Profit Career College

Do Your Homework Before Choosing For-Profit Career College

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel via Yellowbrix

October 29, 2010

Beth Hanuka, manager of Ultimate Staffing in Fort Lauderdale, said any higher education or training is a benefit for job candidates. “Thumbs up, from our perspective,” she said of career-college graduates.

But Andrew Wallace, spokesman for the staffing service CareersUSA, said some employers “absolutely do not put a whole lot of stock in these ”">degrees."

“Would we rule out sending someone on an interview because they had gone to one of these schools? No,” Wallace said. “The employer may say, ‘No thanks,’ but we won’t make that judgment.”

Employer Adam Rosenberg has a unique perspective. He previously worked at a career college and now interviews job candidates as vice president of human resources for Q Capital Strategies, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based financial services company.

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“Some of the schools to me, just from experience, are diploma mills,” Rosenberg said. “They’re into the dollars more than the education.”

He said he considers a degree from a for-profit school a “weeding-out factor.”

“If all things are equal with a candidate, I will go with somebody that graduated from a traditional college,” Rosenberg said.

Mason Jackson, president of WorkForce One in Broward County, said that before deciding on a school, prospective students should do their homework.

“Upgrading your skills is never a bad thing, but people need to look for legitimate schools with quality training,” Jackson said. “You just have to weigh any debt you might incur against the return you might get.”

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