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Choose the Right Degree

It’s important to know what courses are out there and if the information you’ll learn will help you get the job you want. Your first step should be meeting with one of our Workforce1 Career Advisors. To get started, please register for our services. Already a Workforce1 member? Contact your Workforce1 Career Center to schedule time to speak with a Career Advisor.

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Choose the Right School

You can choose many different paths to continue your education.

One path is to earn a certificate from a proprietary or technical school. These schools train students for a specific type of job such as computer technician, medical assistant, truck drivers, etc. Each school trains students differently and is viewed by employers differently. Read more

Another path is to attend a community college, private college or four-year college. These schools generally offer students degrees that can be used across jobs and industries. The largest college system in New York City is the City University of New York (CUNY). Read more

With so many schools to choose from, it's important you know the right questions to ask before enrolling. Some questions you'll want to ask before you select a school can be found here.

You should find a school that is accredited. This is important because it means that a certain minimum level of quality has been certified by the government. Read more

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