Quote from eslvn
College of the Redwoods is only a year long, like the private schools, and its a community college, so pretty cheap.
I would think College of the Redwoods would be much too far for the OP, considering it's in NorCal when Anaheim is in Orange County
Anywho, to the OP, why are you limiting yourself to only the North Orange County ROP program? I'm assuming because it's the closest to you, but there are several other ROPs in SoCal that are easily drivable such as Downey Adult School, Hacienda La Puente Adult School, Baldwin Park Adult School, and Baldy View ROP to name a few. And not to mention there are the CC programs as well... Although I can't think of any OC CC's off the top of my head that have an LVN program... Rio Hondo College and Citrus College aren't painfully far from Anaheim.
It is definitely not worth spending over $30,000 for an LVN education when jobs are so hard to come by in this economy. Especially if only to save a few months or so. There is no perfect school that would have the ideal distance, cost, and length. There are sacrifices for anything worth doing. At ACC you would sacrifice cost, at NOCROP you would sacrifice time, and at the other programs you would sacrifice distance. Keep in mind, however, that you will not make up the $25,000+ difference in tuition in the 6 or so extra months you saved by going the private route. Nor will you spend $25,000+ worth in gas by driving 20-30 extra minutes to any of the other ROPs/adult schools.
I had the same dilemma as you 2 years ago exactly. I could start a private school ASAP in January or wait 6 months to start an ROP program, both programs were 12 months long. I choose the ROP program and found a job right away due to family connections. This is not the norm. Most of the LVNs I know that immediately found jobs had connections as well or were hired in places where they already worked. Some found jobs on their own, but almost a year after graduating. Others still haven't found jobs. So would you be willing to be straddled with $30,000+ in debt that you have to start paying after graduation regardless of whether you found an LVN job or not? Just because you become an LVN faster doesn't mean you'll be able to start working as an LVN faster.
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