How it works.
BISS Term Definitions
VoTech (Vocational, Trade, Technical): Are post-secondary schools and institutes that provide targeted training and education where you earn a certificate, license or associates degree (2 year diploma) in a specific skill, trade or technical job. BISS calls them “VoTech” – a combination of Vocational Education and Training (VET) also called “Industrial Arts”, these are primarily skilled labor type of jobs, and Career and Technical Education (CTE), the more academically or technically oriented job. They can be a combination of classroom, hands-on and on-the-job training. There are hundreds of “VoTech” fields, here are just a few examples:
Air Conditioning tech (HVAC) | Air traffic controller | Pilot certification | Auto Mechanics
A variety of Construction skills | Culinary (chef school) |Elevator Tech | A variety of IT applications
Paralegal | Paramedic & Health-related skills | Plumbing |Hi-tech Welding | and many, many more.
*A full list of options is available as part of BISS Basic Package
VoTech courses can run from less than 3 months to 4 years, averaging between 3 and 6 months. The cost of any given program varies greatly depending upon the vocation or skill chosen. They are typically considerably less expensive than a 3 or 4-year university program. Most programs are also have much easier admissions requirements, given those with lower GPA an option for further education. Many offer either a certificate or license necessary to be employed in that job or field and guided field work experience after completion of the classroom stage. Some have internship programs attached to them as well, often leading to a job offer. There are hundreds of VoTech schools and institutes seeking international students and offer visa sponsorship.
BISS defines the ‘university’ as a 2 year or a 4 year degree program where you physically attend a specific university or (college) in a specific location and are seeking to obtain an Associate (2 year) or a Bachelor’s (4 year) degree/diploma. – BISS has a separate track for those students that wish to pursue ‘online’ courses or degrees — The university track, unlike the VoTech track, is going to be a diverse, broad based educational track. What this means is that in the course of a University based associate or Bachelor’s degree program, a full year or more or more of your studies is going to be spent taking courses in various subjects regardless if they have any relevance to your field of study. You will be required to take some English writing or literature, some history or social studies, some political science and economics, some math, some physical education no matter what you major in. The University track is a broad-based education and the philosophy behind this is to have a student be ‘well rounded’ with some fundamental knowledge in a number of ‘disciplines’. The university track will also require specific minimal entrance requirements that many VoTech’s or Language Institutes do not ask for.
English Language School (ELS)
These schools exclusive focus on learning English.
From a practical perspective it is simple. If you are struggling to read and understand this and it is taking you time and effort, then BISS highly recommends that you consider going to an English Language school (ELS) before attempting to go to a university or VoTech institute.
- FLEXIBILITY: Unlike most university language programs, Independent ELS’s have flexibility. Most have rotating entrance dates meaning that you maybe able to start in October or March or February, etc. as they have multiple class start up dates around the year.
- VARIETY OF LEARNING LEVELS: Many ESL’s have a variety of class levels form basic beginner, to intermediate, to high tech or business language classes. Also, language immersion is the best way to master a language in the shortest amount of time
- STUDENT VISA SPONSORING: All BISS referred language schools can issue the necessary documents to be submitted to the US consular to gain the all-important student visa
- ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS ARE MINIMAL: ESL’s do not require your Secondary/High school transcripts or records or any other Test scores or entrance exams to gain entrance. They may have you take their own English aptitude test but this is simply so that they will know which level of class to place you in. Basically, all you need to go to an ELS is the necessary finances to pay for the courses, the TOPE and that you be at least 18 years of age.
- UNIVERSITY RECOMMENDATIONS: Some ESL institutes have agreements with certain universities to accept you based on their recommendation regardless of your TOEFL score.