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Trade School vs. College: Making the Right Choice

November 10th, 2023
Smiling auto tech student poses in garage

Deciding whether to attend trade school vs. college depends on the aspirations and talents of the individual. Aside from the cost of tuition, there are other considerations. What kind of lifestyle do you want for you and your family? Are there particular types of tasks and projects that you prefer? Do you need time, money, or both, to support hobbies and other activities? How soon do you want to start earning?

There are real benefits to choosing a vocational school. The skilled trades can provide job security and good pay. Pennco Tech offers a variety of trade career programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Which Costs Less? Trade School vs. College

Is college worth the cost? The answer depends on the individual. There is a considerable price attached to most four-year public colleges, and that cost of tuition often doubles and triples when students attend out-of-state public colleges or enroll at private colleges. When the goal is to get an enjoyable job that pays well, choosing a trade school may be a better option. The amount of debt related to most college degrees can be avoided because vocational school tuition is much less expensive.

Complete Career Programs Quickly

In addition to paying less in tuition price, vocational programs are completed more quickly. Pennco Tech offers automotive programs and trade programs that can be completed in less than two years. Some of our programs are completed in 28 weeks. Our students pay less in educational costs, graduate quickly, and are prepared for entry-level positions when they finish.

Are You Eligible for Financial Aid?

Pennco Tech offers financial aid to eligible students. About 95 percent of our student body takes advantage of grants, loans, and scholarships during their vocational school programs. We also offer veteran financial aid packages. Financial assistance can help students attend their programs full-time, rather than part-time. In this way, they may graduate and start working more quickly. Our staff can help walk you through the process, assisting you every step of the way.

Disclaimer: Financial aid is available only to those who qualify.

Quality Trade Career Training at Pennco Tech

All instructors at Pennco Tech have worked for several years or more in their field. They are in a position to pass on their technical knowledge, as well as real-world experience in a trade career. Pennco Tech staff members are dedicated to helping students complete their programs successfully. Choose from the following vocational school programs at Pennco Tech.

Students can take advantage of OSHA-authorized outreach training in additional classes at Pennco Tech. We also offer automotive program students the opportunity to attend safety inspection and emissions inspection classes.

Lifetime Career Services Available

The career services department at Pennco Tech helps students from the moment they start their programs. We want to support students as they plan their careers. Closer to graduation, we aid students as they prepare resumes and cover letters. Career services staff arrange professional development workshops and invite employers to the campus. Tips on networking, ideas for job search strategies, and interview coaching are all available.

Career services is one of many resources available to students at Pennco Tech. Our goal is to help students prepare for successful trade careers and we encourage them to engage fully with the technical, innovative, and creative aspects of their chosen field.

Graduates provide a valuable source of networking for both students and alumni. Pennco for Life is a program that provides alumni with opportunities to update their skills by auditing a current offering of their program at no cost. This refresher program dovetails with the support we offer alumni in our career services department. When graduates want to expand their job search strategies or explore career-advancing options offered at Pennco Tech, our career services staff is here to help.

Discover the Many Benefits of Vocational School at Pennco Tech

Pennco Tech offers outstanding skilled trades programs. Our vocational school may well be the right choice for you. Our programs cost much less than traditional college degrees and deliver in-demand entry-level skills. After successfully completing our programs, students can begin working and getting paid. Trade careers are varied and interesting, and they provide individuals and families with a solid foundation for advancing in the workplace and contributing meaningfully to their communities. Students can attend programs at two convenient campus locations, in Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA. For more information, contact us today. Or, if you’re ready, you can apply online.

‘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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