Alternatives to traditional colleges include art schools, military academics, career schools and vocational programs offered by community...
Alternatives to traditional colleges include art schools, military academics, career schools and vocational programs offered by community colleges.
Some offer four-year bachelor’s degrees; others award associate’s degrees or certificates.
Here are some resources for investigating the possibilities.
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The National Association of Schools
of Art and Design
Links users to 248 arts and design schools from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts to the crème de la crème Rhode Island School of Design.
Link to Seattle Art Institute and dozens of other arts schools, arranged by city and state. Includes online programs and those specializing in digital design.
Online programs, plus schools, colleges and hands-on workshops in everything from animation to shoe design. Lists of art scholarships and tips on attending art grad school.
Washington Higher Education
Megalist of Washington schools, including community, technical and business colleges, plus schools that offer online programs.
Washington State Workforce Training
and Education Coordinating Board
Lists private vocational schools, tips on how to choose one. Links to “Where Are You Going?” — a booklet (and electronic PDF file) to scan occupations and find out where to get training for each in Washington state and that occupation’s hiring outlook.
Vocational Information Center
Sorts vocations alphabetically — from agriculture to welding — or by state. Check to see if programs are accredited and meet professional standards, or if they qualify for federal grant and loan programs.
Military and Maritime Schools
The service academies:
West Point (Army): www.usma.edu
Annapolis (Navy): www.usna.edu
Air Force: www.usafa.edu
Coast Guard: www.cga.edu
The Association of Military Colleges and Schools
Schools with military programs approved by the Department of Defense.
The Merchant Marine Academy
New York-based four-year program for folks hankering to traverse the trade routes of the seven seas.
Seattle Maritime Academy
Seattle Central Community College program; trains students to work in commercial fishing, with the Merchant Marines and on work boats.