Community colleges: faster, more affordable
These institutions offer short, focused learning options in all sorts of fields. Courses of study run from a few months to up to two years.
Some programs could lead to jobs right after graduation — in areas such as phlebotomy, medical assisting, computerized accounting, aviation electronics, broadband cable, emergency medical technician, retail manager, office support specialist, purchasing and supply-chain management, and practical nursing.
Some of these services are in high demand. For example, the need for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow by 15 percent through 2026, a much faster rate than average for other occupations. The median pay as of May 2017 was $47,080.