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4 Things Parents Should Know About Trade Schools

April 6th, 2021

Student mechanics working on carAttending a two- or four-year college or university might be the right fit for some high school graduates or those with GEDs. However, attending a trade school, like Pennco Tech, can be just what your child needs to hone career-specific skills and enter a rewarding line of work in today’s in-demand fields. In today’s highly technical knowledge-based economy, having hands-on skills is more valuable than getting a degree in something simply to get one. In fact, during the pandemic, graduates from Pennco Tech’s life essential career programs were working. Each industry for the trade programs that we offer is projected to experience a great deal of growth over the next ten years, providing your teens with stable future job opportunities. Here, we explain the top four things all parents should know about the perks of trade schools.

1. Beneficial Learning Structure

Due to the hands-on nature of career training at trade schools, students are often able to benefit from smaller class sizes. Smaller classes mean experienced instructors can dedicate more individualized attention than is typically possible in a traditional post-secondary school. It’s an especially helpful structure for students who may have struggled with paying attention in larger class sizes or having trouble focusing on subject matter that does align with their interests.

2. Preparing for In-Demand Careers

By completing one of the career training programs at Pennco Tech, students have the opportunity to join an in-demand field with relevant skills that will equip them for a lifetime of success. This can’t always be said for students with traditional college or university majors, as many fields are highly competitive and don’t offer enough positions to employ all recent graduates. We prepare our students for earning higher wages and finding stable earnings in the following programs:

3. Training That Serves Your Child for a Lifetime

For many of our graduates, the career training we provide serves as a launching point into lifelong success in their chosen field. They’ll always carry with them a vital skill set that our instructors and staff offer at our trade school. These valuable skills include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Hands-on training
  • Graduate with experience in relevant fields
  • Employability and interviewing skills
  • Positive attitude

4. The Ability to Start Working Sooner

Compared to baccalaureate programs, trade school programs take less time (from four months to a year) to complete and enable students to join the workforce much sooner. This is because trade schools focus on teaching students the necessary skills and knowledge for a specific position and don’t include irrelevant liberal arts requirements and electives as part of the curriculum. This also means that students can typically expect a lower total cost for tuition, as programs only take four months to a year to complete – not four to six years.

Learn More About Trade School Education for Your Child

Before you try to convince your child to pursue traditional college or university programs, remember these key advantages to attending trade school to launch a rewarding career. To learn more and inquire about our opportunities for your children, contact Pennco Tech today in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

Maria Z. - Medical Assisting Administrative Graduate