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Hi! I’m Samantha Lake for About.com and today I’m going to tell you all about institutes of technology. We’re here at Count Me In Tutoring in Bedford Corners, New York.Institutes of technology are just one type of higher learning schools, colleges and universities. An institute of technology traditionally centers around areas such as engineering, science and technology. These colleges and universities are usually research-intensive and cutting edge.These types of higher education institutions became popular in the second half of the 20th century after advances in technology opened up a wide variety of tech driven careers. Recently, many institutes of technology have begun offering programs and majors in the area of humanities and social sciences in order to stay competitive with more traditional colleges.In a wider sense, an institute of technology can also refer to polytechnic and vocational schools.There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to attend an institute of technology. If you know exactly that you want to go into a field such as engineering or computer science an institute of technology could be right for you. You will get more experience and hands on education at a IT school than at a traditional university.However, if you have a change of heart and decide to pursue a more humanities based career, you may not have many options if you want to change majors.Another plus to attending an institute of technology is that you are more likely to have access to the most current technologies and methods in your field. However, you may not be exposed to many experiences outside your major.Some career fields and places of employment look very highly on graduates from institutes of technology, as they have a focused degree and more real-life type experiences in their field. On the other hand, some employers think a broader, more comprehensive college education is preferable in the job market.You will need all the information in order to know if an institute of technology is right for you. To learn more about college applications and other topics, please visit About.com and thanks for watching.
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