If your son or daughter is planning to go on to college, he or she undoubtedly has a number of questions on a variety of topics; we also understand that you, as a parent, may have a different set of concerns. We hope the dialog below will address some of those topics and help you better understand why Westwood College may be the right choice as a place where your child can succeed.
What makes private sector career colleges like Westwood different from other schools?
Accredited career colleges and universities are dedicated to providing degree programs that help prepare over 2.8 million students for employment in fields such as business, healthcare, and technology. Many of these students choose career colleges and universities for flexible schedules, small class sizes, and career-focused degree programs and support services. Career colleges and universities serve a diverse, multicultural student body.
Changes in today's workforce make career colleges an excellent option for many students. Many employers seek employees with hands-on training, real-world experience, and knowledge about the industry. Schools like Westwood offer career-focused courses that give students the skills,training and credentials needed to enter today's in-demand jobs.
What is Westwood's education philosophy?
Westwood's philosophy and approach to education promote appreciation for the lifelong learning necessary to support the professional, academic, and personal success of Westwood students. We are committed to a student-centered, career-focused, hands-on education.We employ both active and applied learning methods in a respectful and collaborative environment, and class sizes are kept small for optimal learning. Proper assessments and evaluations ensure that students reach appropriate benchmarks, and, when additional help is warranted, we provide tutoring at no additional charge. Truly committed to the long-term success of our students, Westwood College even offers alumni retraining - graduates can take updated courses tuition-free.1
Is Westwood accredited?
Yes, Westwood College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. National accrediting agencies accredit institutions that specialize in instruction and training for a career. ACICS regularly reviews and approves the qualifications of our faculty, the quality of the education we provide, as well as our graduation and employment rates, and assures consistency in institutional operations. Because ACICS is a recognized accrediting body by the U.S. Department of Education, a Westwood education is eligible for federal funding.2 For more information on our accreditation, visit our Accreditation Q&A page.
What makes Westwood's degree programs different?
Westwood works with employers and industry experts to ensure programs that are up to date,giving students the education and the tools to jumpstart their careers. Westwood College offers students a realistic, hands-on education in targeted fields. When developing curriculum for new programs, Westwood gathers information from employers, subject matter experts and professional organizations to identify the skills and training our students and graduates need to be successful. Our curriculum is frequently reviewed and updated to retain its vitality and to meet the needs of a changing workplace. The degree programs that we offer are designed with this information in mind.
How does Westwood help prepare students for the workforce?
Our career-focused curriculum goes beyond textbooks and theories, giving students real-world preparation to earn their degrees and succeed in today's competitive career environment. Our faculty of working professionals brings industry trends and practices to life in the classroom.Small class sizes mean that students get the hands-on experience and one-on-one attention critical to their success. This practical, experience-based approach to education ensures that, by graduation, our students will be prepared for real success in the real world.
In addition to education preparedness, Westwood helps students with résumé and portfolio development, interviewing skills, and employer connections through our Career Services department. The Career Services department consists of graduate advisors who provide students with the skills and tips they need to find a job in their field of study. They will work with students to develop their résumés and practice their interview skills. Career Services also:
- assists with job and internship leads
- offers access to company databases and other online tools
- connects students to clubs and professional associations in their field of study
- assists with putting together student portfolios
- offers career advice and encouragement
What kind of financial aid does Westwood offer?
An education is one of the most important investments students will make, and it can change their entire future. At Westwood, we understand that paying for college can seem overwhelming. That's why Westwood student finance specialists help students understand all the sources of money available:
- scholarships and grant money—money students do not pay back2
- their money—money from savings or earnings
- borrowed money—money that is paid back with interest such as federal or private loans2
Who are Westwood's instructors?
At Westwood, we employ a dedicated faculty to meet the goals of our mission. More than 83%of our faculty members hold master's degrees, while more than 7% have earned doctorates in their specialties. All have attained the appropriate academic and professional credentials, as well as the experience and knowledge, to teach at Westwood College. Our faculty members have experience in their fields —allowing them to give students the hands-on experience, real-world preparation, and the one-on-one attention required to succeed in today's competitive career environment.
1Participating in the Westwood alumni re-training program is tuition-free for qualified graduates. Additional costs such as lab fees, books, and supplies are the responsibility of the student. Retraining is limited to the program or area of emphasis from which the student graduated and is subject to space availability.
2Available to those who qualify