It’s no surprise that traditional college isn’t for everyone. Millions of students attend college every year, while countless others choose to pursue their goals at a trade school. This is an important, life-changing decision for many individuals and getting it right requires careful consideration.
Choosing to go to trade school over college is a viable option for many reasons. However, as you think about your goals and interests, it’s important to understand the benefits of a trade school education and know how to spot common trade school myths. Here are three trade school myths to debunk before you enroll in technical training classes.
Myth 1: There are only a few trade school options.
Welding, electrical and plumbing are well-known trades might be viewed as the backbone of the labor workforce. These trades help keep America’s homes, buildings and machines running smoothly. Many trade schools focus on providing students with entry-level skills and knowledge in these three industries—but they don’t stop there.
In addition to training in the plumbing, welding and electrical trades, trade schools may offer a variety of important coursework and shop experience for students such as:
- Auto body repair
- Automotive service and repair
- Air conditioning, refrigeration and appliance controls (HVAC)
- Construction and building skills
Trade school students don’t need to feel stuck or pressured to pursue a trade they aren’t interested in. Many trade schools, like Apex, offer students a variety of quality, hands-on programs to choose from. To find a career path you’re passionate about, you might start by exploring classes in each Apex trade program.
Myth 2: Potential employers don’t want to see trade school programs on a resume.
By completing a trade program, you show you’re ready to start an entry-level trade school job. Because technical training involves a mix of classroom and shop learning, students are exposed to a well-rounded and hands-on approach to learning. An educational experience like this sharpens your skills and preps you with knowledge you can carry with you anywhere your goals take you. Plus, hands-on career readiness shows employers you’ve practiced for the role of an entry-level employee.
Myth 3: Trade schools can’t obtain accredited status.
Another trade school myth involves accreditation, or proof that a school or institution meets strict – standards. Being granted accreditation means a school follows best practices for student success and continually finds ways to help students on their educational journey.
Like four-year traditional colleges, trade schools can receive this designation from accrediting organizations, including the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges which is recognized by the United States Department of Education. Just like many traditional colleges, accredited trade schools can also obtain special licenses and memberships that contribute to a quality learning experience.
Now that you’ve debunked some myths about trade school, learn if Apex is a good fit for you in this infographic. Have questions? Schedule a tour to visit the school and talk to our friendly staff.
*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.
Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.