Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Unique Take on a College Education

Amanda is getting to be that age where letters and brochures and catalogs and all those sorts of things from colleges start arriving in the mailbox. If I remember correctly from when I was back in high school, you didn't see those sorts of things until the end of your Junior Year or the beginning of your Senior Year but now the pressure is a lot higher to make your college plans early. It's kind of a scary thing, especially if you can hardly make ends meet with regular day-to-day necessities, never mind thinking about the cost of a college education. Shudder!

There are a couple of schools for cartooning that Amanda has mentioned wanting to go to but we haven't really talked about it that much (said I while hiding my head in the sand). It's too bad she wasn't interested in pursuing a future in industrial engineering as Kettering University offers engineering co-op programs that would give her not only the education but the experience when entering the highly competitive job market. It isn't enough to just have a degree these days, you've got to have some real life work experience to go along with it.

Recently, US News and World Report ranked Kettering University as "the #1 University in the nation for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering" in its annual "America's Best Colleges Guide for 2008". With their unique co-op programs, Kettering places students in companies in their freshman year and then rotates them between school and their co-op job every 3 months in order to gain practical experience. Not only do students gain an education and job experience with the co-op program but they also earn a professional salary.

With eleven science, business, and engineering programs and seven majors to choose from Kettering offers some of the best co-op education in the nation. Like I said, it's too bad Amanda wasn't looking for a career in any of the fields they offer because I would be definitely encouraging her to look into Kettering and the opportunities they offer outside of a boring academics only education. Maybe it's something your soon-to-be bound for college student might want to check out?

1 comment:

  1. I know that New York city is appealling to her for an art school, but seriously have her look into the art school in Cincinnati. Christine from Epiphany Sanctuary went there, and it is a top-rated art college.
    Plus, it is set in the coolest park in Mount Adams!


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