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Answering Common Questions about Trade Schools

December 7th, 2021

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Trade schools such as Pennco Tech provide technical training to students who are seeking in-demand jobs and obtaining marketable skills. Yet, there are still many common misconceptions and uncertainties regarding trade schools, causing some students to be hesitant about choosing such a career path. Here, we discuss and answer some common questions about trade schools and what they offer students.

What Do Trade Schools Offer?

When students enroll in trade school, they will receive the necessary hands-on training for careers that require technical skills. Trade schools often offer their students a variety of programs in hopes that everyone has the opportunity to follow a career path doing something they love and they something they can be successful at.

Not only will you receive proper hands-on training during your enrollment at a trade school, oftentimes trade schools will offer students career services to assist them in finding a rewarding career after they graduate. More so, trade schools often offer their students financial aid programs in an effort to ease the financial burden students take on.

What Misconceptions about Trade School Aren’t True?

Compared to traditional four-year colleges, trade schools are an often overlooked career path due to misconceptions about them, such as:

Myth: Trade Schools Are for Those Who Don’t Know What Career They’re Looking to Pursue

Fact: Maybe the biggest misconception about students who enter trade school is what career is the right choice for them. Trade schools are great options for students who love using their hands and have a passion working on cars or diesel trucks, paint or repair vehicles, do electrician work, install HVAC systems, repair plumbing issues, learn how to become a pharmacy tech or medical assistant. Students sometimes prefer trade schools because the programs offered better align with their interests and career goals.

Myth: You Will Make Less Money Working in the Trades

Fact: The notion that skilled trade jobs do not pay as well as jobs requiring a college degree is not true. Salaries for skilled trade workers vary based on different factors such as industry, location, and experience. Many trade professionals make a comfortable living above the median average for U.S. workers – and their skills are always in demand, leading to job security.

Myth: Employers are Reluctant to Hire Trade School Graduates

Fact: Once you’ve graduated from a trade school program, you will leave with the knowledge required to perform your specific trade and the credentials to justify it. Depending on the program, students will receive diplomas, certificates, degrees, or technical licenses. Most trade schools offer a career services department that helps students find jobs, even before they graduate.

Is Trade School Worth It?

In terms of finances, trade schools often cost much less than traditional four-year institutions while still leading to trade careers that pay very well. Plus, when you pursue a trade education, you are often choosing a cost-effective option that leads to an in-demand career. Most trade schools offer scholarships and grants for those who qualify. And, for those with a busy schedule, you can even attend day or evening classes, full or part time.

If you ask the dedicated staff at Pennco Tech, pursuing a career in the trades is 100% worth it. That’s why we’re committed to answering common trade school questions and helping prospective students make the right educational decision for their futures. To learn more about our trade school programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, please contact us today.

‘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
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