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  Information about Estrella Mountain tour guides, registering in a technical degree program to develop job skills, and taking free practice tests online. Which college degrees will give you the best chances of finding a job after graduation? Some students select a major because it offers practical skills that are valuable in the workplace. Other students choose their major because they enjoy the subject material. If you're having trouble gaining admission to a selective school, consider applying to a less-competitive department, and switching after your freshman year. The most popular college major is business administration, split equally between men and women. On the other hand, men make up the large majority of computer science and engineering majors. For women, the fields of education, English and liberal arts dominate the list.

You don't have to be enrolled in a degree program in order to sign up for online courses. Distance education enables students who cannot make the commute to campus to have access to accredited courses. Online education gives you the opportunity to take difficult courses that won't show up on your transcript, if you so choose. Alternatively, you may be able to complete online credits for a grade. Advanced Placement exams are offered in a variety of subjects, offering college credit for classes that you have done well in. Test yourself with free practice exams, before visiting the College Board website to register to take your actual AP Tests. If you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive advanced placement in college.

Online Courses - MOOCs

Estrella Mountain tour guidesThe best college for a student is not necessarily the highest ranking in the Forbes or US News listings, but the college that offers a student the most rewarding career chances. If you stay true to your career interests, not just going after salary, your overall job earnings will increase over time as you gain experience. If you focus your degree choices on salary alone, there's greater risk that you'll suffer early signs of burnout, and be forced to change careers.

Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending a regular, four-year college, and you may earn good money as a highly-skilled, technical specialist. By taking some of your degree courses online, you also may be able to graduate earlier, saving money on tuition. If you're currently employed, you can take online courses in your spare time to advance your present career. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, utilizing cloud-based software and Google apps.

An online degree may be just as marketable as a college degree earned on campus. Udemy online learning, a site which allows anyone to take online courses, is a new startup with backing from the founders of Groupon. Khan Academy now offers over 3,900 micro-lectures available via YouTube. Coursera, another online-learning software platform, has millions of enrolled students around the world. Recently, MIT made it's open courseware platform available to students and instructors at no cost.

Online Tests - Free Practice!

This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
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Other colleges near Avondale, Arizona:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near Avondale. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
Universal Technical Institute of Arizona
    Avondale, AZ
(623) 245-4600$$$$$$$$ large Program Info
GateWay Community College
    Phoenix, AZ
(602) 392-5000 $ (low) $$ large Program Info
Central Arizona College
    Coolidge, AZ
(520) 494-5444 $ (low) $$ large Program Info
Paradise Valley Community College
    Phoenix, AZ
(602) 787-6500 $ (low) $$ large Program Info
Chandler Gilbert Community College
    Chandler, AZ
(480) 732-7000 $ (low) $$ large Program Info
Dine College
    Tsaile, AZ
(928) 724-6600 $ (low) $ (low) small Program Info
Phoenix College
    Phoenix, AZ
(602) 264-2492 $ (low) $$ large Program Info
Northern Arizona University
    Flagstaff, AZ
(928) 523-9011 $$ $$$ very large Program Info
Midwestern University Glendale
    Glendale, AZ
(623) 572-3200 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info
University of Advancing Technology
    Tempe, AZ
(602) 383-8228 $$$ $$$ medium Program Info
Thunderbird School of Management
    Glendale, AZ
(602) 978-7000 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info

College Admissions

Depending on the schools you're applying to, the admissions process can range from a simple formula that weighs grades and test scores, to a subjective review of your whole application. Higher education is undergoing rapid technological change, with entire institutions adopting the use of online learning methods. About half of colleges use a waiting list, particularly those which are more selective, and it's worthwhile to note that almost 30% of wait-listed students are eventually accepted. On average, over half of juniors retaking the SAT as a senior saw improvements in their scores, so test yourself with practice exams online, before visiting the College Board website to register. Further, if you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive course credits or advanced placement in college.

Financial Aid

Peterson's scholarship search is good to check not only for college scholarships, but also for the extensive resources on the college application process. When Federal student loans enter repayment, they are automatically enrolled in standard repayment. Under it, a borrower has 10 years to repay the total amount of his or her student loan debt. Please note that financial aid application deadlines are strictly enforced by the financial aid office. The official FAFSA website is and is free. Student loans often carry an origination fee. Origination fees are a one-time charge based on the amount of the loan.

Federal Direct Student Loans, also known as Direct Loans, are funded by the US Treasury. Private student loans, however, are not guaranteed, and are offered directly to students by a commercial bank, employee credit union, or finance company. Student loans should be seen as 'the measure of last resort,' as this entails graduating with substantial debt. Student credit cards may seem like a good short-term solution, but the interest rates are high, and credit cards often carry an annual fee. If you do end up using credit cards to meet some expenses, pay off the outstanding balance in full every month.

Nursing & Medical Job Listings

Earning a CNA degree (Certified Nursing Assistant) is the first step towards becoming a fully-qualified nurse. Most CNA programs can be completed within a few months, allowing you to join the workforce quickly. The next step in a nursing career is to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN ( Licensed Vocational Nurse). These are year-long programs, in which you'll work under an RN distributing meds, treating wounds, and providing basic patient care.
Professional Careers
Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Dental Hygienists$30,430$41,530
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$36,090$68,520
EMT, Paramedics$29,390$65,280
Home Health Aides$30,100$57,030
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)$54,480$84,780
Massage Therapists$33,000$62,670
Medical Assistants$26,980$37,140
Medical Lab Technicians$30,550$59,260
Medical Records$29,140$45,260
Pharmacy Tech$30,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Surgical Technologists$39,680$73,630
Veterinary Assistants$21,060$39,510

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.

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3000 N Dysart Rd
Avondale, AZ 85323-1000

Phone: (623) 935-8000
Fax: (334) 393-6223

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3000 N Dysart Rd
Avondale, AZ 85323-1000

Phone: (623) 935-8000
Fax: (334) 393-6223
Fill out the form to request Estrella Mountain course info.
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Skilled Careers
Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
Architectural Drafting$43,900
Automotive Mechanics$36,070
Fashion Designers$27,540
Flight Attendants$56,150
Graphic Design$43,830
Interior Designers$48,000
Police Officers$48,410
Truck Drivers$31,520

Estrella Mountain has a reputation for academics, allowing you to pursue the degree program that's right for you. Additionally, career placement services can help you to structure your job search after graduation. If you'd like to request course information, please use the inquiry form at the top of this page.

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