How Choose the Right Technical College
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You finished your form four of you need to further your education, but you’re faced by a challenge; there too many colleges and it is difficult to pick one. You’re also afraid of losing your money and time in a college that offers poor quality education or is neither recognized by the government nor the employers.
We complied for you 10 things you should consider when choosing a college to help you make the best decision
A college in Kenya needs to be registered by the Ministry of Education. Ask whether the college is registered and their registration number, e.g. the registration number for Hemland College is MOHEST/PC/823/2003. Also, the college needs to be approved as a training and examination center by reknown examination bodies. E.g. Kenya National Examination Council, National Industrial Training Authority, City and Guilds, Kasneb etc.
We can never over-state the importance of adequate and up-to-date facilities in a College. These include lecture rooms, desks, computer labs, machinery, instruments needed in a course etc.
You may need to visit a college to ascertain the facilities’ adequacy. It is noteworthy that you’re always welcome to visit Hemland College from Monday to Saturday. However if you’re far or busy, you can make a virtual tour by just clicking here.
Does the college provide adequately trained tutors/lecturers? To be sure of this, you may need to consult the college former or current students.
4. COST/VALUE FOR MONEY
College fees vary greatly from college to college A rule of the thumb, being more expensive doesn’t mean better. However, if the college is too cheap, it raises suspicion.
5. HOW STUDENTS PASS EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
The percentage of students in a college that pass external examinations is a clear indicator of the quality of teaching in the college. At Hemland College we are proud that over 97.5% of our students pass external exams. There are very few colleges in college that can maintain that for over five years.
Whether you are part-time student or living at your home, you need a college that is easily accessible. A college surrounded by shanties and ghettos is not very safe especially when you have to attend classes very early in the morning or in the evening.
7. SCHEDULE FLEXIBILITY
How flexible is the timetable to suit your schedule, some colleges offer fixed schedules and this may be inconvenient for you. Find out whether the college has a schedule favorable to you. This is easy as you can simply make a call to them to find that out.
8. COLLEGE CULTURE / TRADITIONS
Colleges are built in a set of traditions that maybe unacceptable to you. These include religious inclusivity, dress code etc. A visit to the college may easily reveal this to you.
9. WHAT THE COLLEGE IS KNOWN FOR
Every college is known for something. Employers tend to identify job seekers with colleges they attended. Some colleges are known for riots, fake certification, half- baked graduations etc. There those known for good reasons like Hemland College that is nationally known as the college that offers best quality of education. Others are only known for teaching specific courses and therefore tend to provide best facilities to those courses while others are somehow ignored.
10. COURSES OFFERED IN THE COLLEGENeedless to say each college does not offer all the courses imaginable. It is always advisable to visit the website of a college to find out the courses it offers even before visiting it.
It should offer a course that you are interested in.