Over the years, frum men and women who followed the Rebbe’s view of the unsacred (and sometimes anti-Torah) ideas which are taught at secular college, not to mention the spiritually toxic environment there, faced a challenge when seeking to become qualified for several areas of making a parnassah.
And so our staunch chassidim, shluchim and mechanchim, very often, find jobs without a degree, and it can be difficult to find the same success as with the degree.
But what if there was an option of achieving that goal without compromising our standards?
Testing and Training International (TTI) is a degree program with a simple, yet revolutionary foundation. They are determined to service the frum community with getting degrees in a time-efficient and completely kosher manner.
As Lubavitchers, we are born and raised with the goal of working in the fields of shlichus and chinuch, where we are most needed. TTI enhances chinuch and shlichus work, helping shluchim succeed in their mission. Shluchim often call TTI looking to attain legitimate and respectable degrees that will help them bring more students into their schools. TTI also helps those who are not suited to either shlichus or chinuch, and are simply seeking parnassah.
SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
As the name suggests, there are two segments towards getting your degree with TTI: testing and training. In secular colleges, students spend thousands of dollars and countless hours taking classes that are irrelevant to the career paths they are following. TTI understands that Orthodox girls and boys are attending college for one reason and that is to EARN THE DEGREE, which they will use for shlichus, for chinuch, or to secure a financially stable future. So instead of requiring students to study and test on topics that don’t work towards these goals, they have formulated a better option: Get A-level credits through studying curriculums on Jewish subjects and testing on them.
While secular colleges might have classes in Classical Music and World History, TTI provides courses on Jewish Music and Jewish History. Instead of sitting through a Spanish course in order to get the necessary language credits, a student at TTI can simply take a test on Yiddish or Hebrew and win the exact same credits.
So the testing portion of TTI is an uncomplicated way for students to acquire college credits by studying Jewish subjects and taking tests on them. For any graduate of a religious high school, most of these subjects are familiar and the tests are more than manageable.
Getting a Bachelor’s degree through this method can take from three to 12 months. If a girl already went to seminary and earned credits there, she can be anywhere from one quarter to more than halfway on the journey towards her BA!
Depending on their individual needs, every student plans a personal testing schedule with the help of a TTI advisor. Because the study material can be sent to any location, and testing can be done remotely, shluchos living anywhere in the world, stay-at-home moms, and working post-seminary students can all earn their BA at their own pace.
“Every curriculum is formulated by frum professionals in the field,” says Mrs. Esti Neustadt, Admissions Counselor at TTI. “We have two main priorities: To not compromise on Yiddishkeit and to offer a quality education. So every student who gets his or her degree through TTI leaves with a thorough education that is completely in line with Torah values.”
TTI’s Masters programs are where the Training segment comes in. TTI’s goal is to coach each individual student in a hands-on, personalized manner, so that each one can develop the professional skill set needed for his or her chosen career.
Getting a Master’s degree in any field with TTI is an immersive, in-depth experience with outstanding teachers and top-notch curriculums. Some of the most popular fields students choose to pursue are Special Education, Social Work, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Speech Therapy, but courses are offered in Accounting and Business as well. Graduates of the TTI Masters program have gone on to become top professionals in all fields. Their success rate is outstanding, because both the school and its students are completely goal-oriented.
“I definitely felt like we weren’t just learning for the degree, but for the actual job,” says Leah, a graduate of TTI’s Masters program. “I got my degree five years ago in Early Childhood and Special Ed, and since then I’ve been doing hands-on work in the classroom. TTI gave me the preparation and practice I needed to work in the field.”
TTI services both men and women but it is not a co-ed college. Men and women have separate hours in the Crown Heights center, in testing rooms, and at classes. Male instructors are assigned to men and female instructors to women. “We are extremely careful about observing halachah through every step of the process at TTI,” says Mrs. Neustadt. “In fact, instead of leaving college feeling colder towards Yiddishkeit—which many people experience at college—our students leave feeling inspired! The atmosphere is focused, pure, and every person there is choosing to get a degree so they can support a frum, Torah lifestyle. The energy just can’t be compared.”
For people who are interested in innovative careers that don’t require degrees, TTI has also developed the only certified and religious Career School. In Career School, students are trained in creative fields such as photography, interior design, video production and graphic design. With night hours and Sunday classes, students can also work full time while developing their talents and training for careers in the creative district. Some students enter Career School knowing nothing about their field, but with professional teachers helping each individual hone in on their unique talent and fostering it, every student leaves with a marketable skill. At the end of the course, TTI places students in optional internships that often turn into first-rate jobs.
There are many colleges that can help you make a proper living, but TTI is the only program that will help you build a proper life. For a full list of programs and services available through TTI, visit testingandtraining.com.
***Look out for the upcoming Career Event in the Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse after Pesach, where you will learn more about your options with TTI!