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Tips to Find a Trade School

Looking for a new career path? Unsure what to do after high school? Trade school can be an exciting option that focuses on growing your skills. Unlike a four-year or two-year college, trade school can be completed quickly and without the need to take courses unrelated to your passion (like English literature or geography).

To find the right trade school, start by researching trade schools near you in the New York City area such as Long Island City, Queens and understanding the benefits of trade school. We also recommend finding out as much as you can about these three important indicators.

Hands-On Learning

If you’re interested in pursuing an education in the trades, you probably enjoy working with your hands. You may even prefer hands-on work to sitting at an office desk. When you want to find a trade school that is a good fit for you, find out if the school has a balance of hands-on shop time paired with classroom time. In the classroom, instructors can introduce theories of the trade, while the shop setting can help you practice techniques that bring theories to life.

Apex’s trade programs offer a mix of classroom and shop time. Students split 900 certificate hours between these two environments. We offer most courses in day or evening time slots, and students can often finish their program in as little time as seven months! That’s a big benefit of trade school.


Technology and Tools

When you’re choosing a trade school, visit the campus if possible. This visit can give you the chance to tour the classrooms and shop areas, see the tools and equipment and ask questions about the facilities or technology you may use. The right trade school will give you the opportunity to learn skills using tools and technology that you may encounter in an entry-level position in the industry.

Related: Benefits of Construction Technology

Job Placement Assistance

An education in the trades can be a great path. Think about how you might put your hands-on training to use in an entry-level job. Trade schools often have individuals who meet with you to offer career-related assistance, such as creating a resume, preparing for an interview and searching for a position in the field.

Here on the Apex campus in Long Island City, New York, we join our colleagues across The Fedcap Group in working to ensure no one is left behind. Helping people get to work is our contribution to counter exclusion and marginalization. We also offer job placement assistance and help students search for career options that fit their training and goals.


Pursue Your Passion at Apex

As you consider your options and learn about trade schools in New York, we invite you to take some time to explore our programs, and learn how financial aid might be available to you. Have questions? Contact us at (212) 645-3300 or by submitting our online form now.

*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.