What tools can I use to find the value of my career training?

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CalculatorTrying to calculate the impact of tuition, fees, student loans, and job prospects on your long-term financial success can be a confusing exercise. You may have to consider many different angles of your personal situation to accurately compare the short-term costs with the long-term gains.

The good news—at least if you choose Compass Career College for your technical education—is that there are a number of ways to offset the expense of pursuing the training required for a new career. Because CCC has maintained the strict standards required for national accreditation of their programs, students at CCC may apply for several different types of financial aid. A strong reputation for excellence and positive community partnerships also equal unusually high certification and job placement rates for graduates of CCC programs.

5 Reasons to Consider Becoming A Licensed Practical Nurse

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StethoscopeLicensed practical nurses (LPNs) are an integral part of any healthcare team, whether they’re working in a hospital, long-term care facility, or clinic. Direct patient care is the top responsibility for LPNs. They provide much-needed balance to the administrative side of the healthcare system, which can limit a registered nurse’s or physician’s time with patients.

Some people may say that pursuing a 4-year degree and becoming a registered nurse is a better path to career success, but in truth, licensed practical nursing can be a more logical and attractive choice for many who are looking to enter the field.

What's the difference between Compass Career College's CNA and MA programs?

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Three program options at Compass Career College fall under the umbrella of Allied Health. While the Medical Billing and Coding program is fairly straightforward, two of these programs, Medical Assisting and Certified Nurse Aide, can lead to some confusion regarding how and where each fits into the Allied Health arena.

Both the CNA and MA training programs at Compass Career College provide outstanding instruction and experience for anyone in the Hammond or Greater New Orleans area who is interested in embarking on a career in Allied Health. But what do you need to know to decide which program is the right fit?

Opportunities in Welding

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As with all of the courses of study offered at Compass Career College, the welding program is COE-accredited and highly respected within the greater New Orleans area. That’s not the only advantage to pursuing a career in welding at CCC, however.

In terms of job opportunities, welding is generally regarded as a solid career choice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected better-than-average growth for the industry through at least 2020. Many industry leaders also acknowledge a shortage of skilled welders, since for years experienced welders were retiring a higher rate than new welders were entering the field.

New welders in the Gulf Coast region, however, may be the best possible position to take advantage of opportunities in the industry. The main reason is the concentration of petrochemical facilities and equipment along the Gulf Coast, particularly in Louisiana and Texas.

Is Your Institution COE Accredited?

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When researching vocational training programs in the Hammond area, you may come across the term “COE accredited”. The question of what COE accreditation is—and more importantly, why it matters when choosing a technical school—is a fairly straightforward one to answer.


The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is a national agency whose mission is “assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education”. This means that any non-degree-granting institution of higher education, such as Compass Career College, must adhere to rigorous standards of operation and instruction in order to achieve and maintain COE accreditation.


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