Career Point College (CPC) is a leading post-educational and vocational training institution, which was originally based in Kansas City, KS. Since its origination, it has now relocated to San Antonio, TX. The roots of the school began in Kansas City back in 1921 at the Dickinson Business School. At that time, it was a school to train secretaries and was the birthplace of the “Dickinson” shorthand method. Later, in the 1980s, it was able to expand into other fields and locations, to include the campus in San Antonio, TX. The name was changed to Career Point Business School; and later, in 2001, the name became Career Point Institute. Today, it is known as Career Point College and it has had that name since 2007. Throughout its transitions, the school has remained a good choice for those who wish to train in the medical, business, and technical fields.
Currently, the school offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and certificates, with very flexible class times for students who are already busy with careers. Students here receive hands-on training on modern equipment, and are also encouraged to apply for externships in order to gain real-world career experiences.
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Once a student has decided this is the place to advance their career goals, the student must complete an application for admissions. Prospective students are required to have a high school diploma or GED, or the prospective student can take the Career Programs Assessment Test (CPAT). The CPAT is sanctioned by the ACT to serve as a guideline in determining educational achievement when a high school diploma or GED is not available. The CPAT also helps differentiate financial need, as the scores can be used on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Prospective students also have to submit transcripts from other educational experiences or vocational training he or she may have experienced if transferring over.
Each student is encouraged to visit the financial aid department to speak with an advisor. If the prospective student is not local, they have the ability to connect with a financial aid officer on the telephone or through the Office of Financial Assistance section of the website.
New students are required to receive financial counseling to ensure that he or she understands what is available, become knowledgeable regarding the application process, and to prevent student loan default after graduation. All students are encouraged to submit an application for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form determines eligibility, federal funding amounts for various types of loans and for the Pell grant (which does not have to be paid back) based on the applicant’s financial data. The form can be submitted online or mailed.
Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid or grants that may be provided in the state in which he or she resides or where he or she attends school. Institutional aid of various types, private loans from banks, and scholarships are also options to be considered. Work-study programs are offered with affiliates and partners which also helps with career placement. The Lora Garza scholarship is available to students who score at least a 410 on a specific math and language test offered by the College.
There is also the Emily Buck Memorial Fund, which offsets some of the costs incurred. These funds are to be paid back after matriculation. Any students interested in applying for various scholarships can secure all the necessary information online.
The student body here is a diverse group of professionals desiring to enhance their careers; high school graduates wishing to learn a trade either in IT or in the legal and medical professions; international students who want an education in the United States; and military personnel, active or retired who are retooling or enhancing his or her life’s path. There are a number of clubs and organizations students can participate in which aid in learning leadership skills, and tutoring is offered for students who may be struggling with a subject or two.
CPC is a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society and also has a charter of the Collegiate Secretaries International.
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Online classes were authorized to begin in the fall of 2009. Since that time, the online community has grown exponentially. This vibrant virtual neighborhood includes highly trained faculty, a well-trained support staff and of course, and many students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Most of the same courses offered in the traditional classroom setting are also available online. Each student has access to a comprehensive online library, and a plethora of resources and opportunities to network with other students. All of this and more is available with a few clicks of a mouse.
Another interesting element at the San Antonio campus is its certified daycare center. Students can bring their children to school and have them cared for by licensed child educators and caretakers while the parents attend classes. The center is licensed to provide childcare by the Child Care Delivery System (CCDS), which is a branch of the childrens’ resources division in San Antonio, TX. The CCDS is responsible for maintaining over 500 childcare facilities and it helps train child care providers.
This school has been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
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