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What to Expect at KTI

So, you’re ready to take the next step in your education? Now’s the time to decide what career you’ll pursue, and that’s no small decision to make. What are your choices? Where do you go from here? It all depends on what you want to do, and how quickly you want to get there. Learn more about the options and opportunities that await you at KTI and decide if it’s the right path for you.

What's the difference between a career training school like KTI and a 4-year college?

A career training school like KTI allows you to start your career faster with more hands-on, professional experience and less student loan debt.

Your classes are specific to your industry of choice—general studies are even related to your career and designed to improve the soft skills employers are looking for. A career training school like KTI involves a lot of hands-on, practical education and training. You’ll train beside experienced industry professionals in our real-world lab and kitchen settings, plus get extra on-site experience with an externship.

You can earn a specialized associate degree or diploma, plus a number of industry-specific certifications and licenses. Plus, we offer many of the same financial aid options as a 4-year institution.

What are the benefits to enrolling at KTI?

It’s no secret you need a job, and you need it fast. By 2020, 65 percent* of all jobs will require postsecondary education and training. KTI can help you get there in less time (just 10-18 months) than a 4-year school and with the experience that industry leaders are looking for.

We believe your success comes first, and our faculty members work one-on-one with you so you’re ready for a new career. You don’t always get that at a 4-year college. Our environment is warm and welcoming, and we’re centrally located in Harrisburg near public transportation.

We are family-owned, and we treat all of our students with respect. We can assist you with financial aid and career placement, plus our specialized degree and diploma programs provide prep for more than 26 third-party, industry-specific certifications.

Keystone Technical Institute is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Our culinary arts specialist and baking and pastry programs are programmatically accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), and our medical assistant and medical assistant specialist programs are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

We are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. We are endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA).

As part of our Articulation Agreement, you can also apply a number of your credits to continue your post-secondary education at institutions like New England Culinary Institute and Central Penn College, and apply for entrance into the ABC Apprenticeship program at the level commensurate with your level completed at KTI.

 

*Source: “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020,” The Georgetown University Center on Education and The Workforce, 2013.
How much will tuition cost?
Tuition and fees vary by program.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to those who qualify. For graduating high school seniors, we offer 22 quarter-tuition scholarships for a number of programs, in addition to federal student loan programs, state grants, and other scholarships for all qualifying students. You can learn more about our financial aid options here.
What will my schedule or classes look like?

If you take day classes, you’ll attend class Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are Friday classes scheduled periodically throughout your program, especially during the last module prior to externship for your career search and readiness class.

If you take night classes, you’ll attend class Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you enroll in our Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) program, you’ll attend one night per week and three Saturdays per month, until you complete your didactic and lab component of the program.

When you begin your externship or clinical, you will work alongside your employer externship sponsor Monday through Friday, and hours vary based on site and career area. Weekends should be expected for some career areas such as culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and medical assisting.

We develop the individual course schedules for you, which eliminates any stress associated with two- and four-year colleges, including completing your program on time, deciding what class to take next, and worrying whether there’s space available or not. We’ll provide you your schedule four weeks prior to beginning your next module so you can plan ahead.

You’ll attend classes at KTI much like you would a new job. You’ll attend every week from the beginning to the end of your program, except for traditional holidays, a week off around Independence Day and Christmas, and three or four nontraditional days which KTI uses for inservices for faculty. These dates are published a year in advance for your convenience.

When do classes begin?
We publish start dates a year in advance. Day classes begin four or five times a year with a new module (term) scheduled every 10 weeks. If you attend class at night, you’ll begin a new 15-week module three times per year. The Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) program begins three times per year.
What kinds of jobs can I get after graduation?

KTI prepares you for the real world by offering career-focused education that employers are looking for. That’s why every day employers turn to KTI to fill many of today’s top careers. Here’s just a sampling of the types of jobs you can apply for after graduation:

Will KTI help me find a job after I graduate?
Our full-time career services staff works closely with each graduating student to help him/her find a job. We also offer career search seminars and advice on topics like resume writing, interview techniques, letters of recommendation, thank-you notes, professional dress, and job market outlook. Helping you find a job after graduation is our ultimate goal.
How much money will I make after graduating with a specialized degree or diploma?

That depends on which career field you choose. On average, you can earn $4,000 to $19,000 more each year with career training*.

To learn more about average salaries or job outlook for your career of interest, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook website and search your desired occupation, or visit any of our career training program pages.

 

*Source: “Pathways to Boosting the Earnings of Low-Income Students by Increasing Their Educational Attainment”, Hudson Institute Center for Employment Policy, 2009
Are there any extracurricular activities available?

We’re committed to fostering opportunities for community involvement. We host a number of outreach programs, including local blood, toy, and food drives, and our students participate in events like Chocolatefest, Dress for Success, and more.

We also offer a ton of fun activities on-site throughout the week to celebrate our Students of the Month, student and staff birthdays, holidays, and more. Check out our Facebook page to see what we’re up to.

How do I know if KTI is a good fit for me?
Do you believe a strong skill set is the key to finding success in your career field? Do you want to spend less time in a boring classroom or lecture setting and more time working hands on in your field? Do you want to start working faster and making money earlier? Do you want the flexibility of day or night classes? Then consider KTI.
How can I get started?
We’re excited to help you begin your new career. Contact us directly to learn more, or schedule a tour to see what KTI is all about. We’re looking forward to meet you!

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.kti.edu/ConsumerInformation.

Did you know?
Career schools, versus public and private not-for profit institutions, lead the way in creating opportunities for students –

%

are likely to be financially independent
according to the Imagine America Foundation’s 2014 Factbook.

KTI IS A MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL

The Gold Military Friendly® school designation was awarded to Keystone Technical Institute for its opportunities as being better for veterans.

Gold Military Friendly School

Not sure what career path is right for you?
The KTI Difference

KTI isn’t like every other career training school. Take some time to research other career schools and you’ll find that, at KTI, there’s a difference. Read More.

Student success comes first

Warm, welcoming, home-like environment

President practices an open-door policy

Staff assists you with financial aid and career placement services

Faculty members work with you so you're ready for a new career

Family-owned, so all decisions are made right on campus

Programs provide students access to the career training employers need

Degree and diploma programs provide preparation for more than 26 third-party certifications

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