What is an Accredited College?
Why Should I Attend?
Let me guess… you’re wondering why you should bother to go on to college after you finish high school, OR you’re wondering why you should bother going back to college since you’ve been out of school for a while.
College really is more than a continuation of high school. Attending and completing college, no matter what your age, will open far more opportunities for you than just completing high school. College also provides you with opportunities to grow and mature far beyond anyone that you can imagine.
Most traditional age college freshmen (around 18 years old) are not yet prepared to enter the workforce. College provides a maturing experience, both in and out of the classroom, that helps teenagers become responsible young adults who are ready to take on the world.
Adults considering starting or returning to college may be thinking “I’m already mature, so why should this interest me?” The maturity process is also an opportunity for you. It is an opportunity for you to share your life experience with your younger classmates and to assist them to see the world through your mature eyes, while you get the chance to see the world through younger eyes again, their eyes.
Don’t worry that you will be left on your own if you are stuck. Colleges do strive to teach students to be more independent – selecting your classes, determining your schedule, maintaining your life. But colleges also provide you with support systems in the form of Academic Support Counselors, Tutors, Librarians, Faculty Advisors, etc. You only have to ask them for help.
Experiential Learning (or Learning by Doing)
Most people learn things best when they have the opportunity to try it for themselves. Unfortunately, there are few opportunities in life to apply what you learn as you learn it.
P.I.T., like many other of the best colleges, builds experiential learning right into our curriculum. As a student, you have the opportunity to experience the work in your chosen field through class assignments, research projects, internships, externships, co-ops, and even job opportunities. These real-life experiences assist our students in connecting the concepts learned in class to the real world issues and problems encountered daily in their future career.
Extensive and On-going Training
The economy is changing with incredible speed. Half of the jobs in most demand in 2013 were in computer science engineering. P.I.T. strives to provide you with the knowledge and training that you will need for the jobs available today but also the broad education that will assist you in continuing to develop and learn in your career choice through the years. Employers consistently report that they want workers who have the ability to learn how to learn.
As an accredited two-year college, P.I.T. offers certificate programs and Associate Degree programs. The certificate programs can stand alone or you can apply them as a component of an Associate Degree program. Because P.I.T. is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215.662.5606), you can more easily transfer your credits to four-year college or university to complete a Bachelor’s degree.
What does that mean and why should I care?
Accreditation is the process used to evaluate and validate colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education. A review board comprised of faculty and administrators from a variety of accredited colleges and universities (or peer institutions) set the standards against which colleges and universities are evaluated for new or renewed accreditation. Colleges and universities must meet the general standards set by the review board which generally cover: overall mission of the college; objectives and goals; student requirements for admissions; quality of education; reputation of faculty; and, services available to students.
Attending an accredited college is an important choice for several reasons.
- Affirms that you have received a quality education
- Transferring credits to another accredited college, while not guaranteed, is more streamlined.
- Employers often recognize accredited colleges and prefer to hire those graduates.
Access to Mentors and Networking
Everyone needs advice occasionally and many of us, over the course of our lifetimes, turn to our professors or instructors. Yes, digital networks (such as LinkedIn) connect you to people who may help you land a new job or develop in your career, but there is no replacement for a college that provides access to experts in their fields. Most of P.I.T.s faculty have worked in their program fields and can provide you with excellent advice regarding the future developments in the field. Don’t hesitate to go to them with your questions or to seek out their support.
The skills, knowledge, and experiences gained through your college program will teach you to better adapt to the variety of jobs and careers available to you.
Studies have shown that a college degree can help you:
- Obtain a job
- Maintain a job
- Obtain a promotion
- Make more money
Whatever your future goals for additional education or employment include, college can help you reach them. The faculty, advisors, counselors and other staff members can assist you in mapping out a long-term plan or help you see new possibilities every day. Attending college can help you become your future self.
P.I.T.’s mission is student success – YOUR success!