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Trade School vs. Traditional College: Why You Should Enroll at Pennco Tech This Spring

March 10th, 2020

Finally—spring is right around the corner! For high school seniors all around the country, the upcoming season ushers in an exciting milestone: graduation. For many of these students, going to a traditional four-year college seems like an automatic choice. But due to the increasingly high costs associated with a college education (accompanied by additional drawbacks), more and more individuals in the area have considered our trade school programs, including automotive in Bucks County, a practical alternative.

Trade School vs. College: Things to Consider
Here at Pennco Tech, we believe in hands-on education. Every day, we see our students experience the many benefits of attending a trade school.

Length: Four Years vs. Less Than a Year
Many students at four-year universities take four or more years to graduate. At a trade or technical school, on the other hand, students (on average) graduate in less than a year. This means more time out in the field and less time in a classroom. When you turn to Pennco Tech, you’ll be able to have years of real world experience under your belt before university graduates, so your investment in education can start paying off sooner.

High Cost of College
It’s no secret that the cost of college is on the rise. If the hefty price tag concerns you and you’re wondering how you’ll be able to afford it, you should know that trade schools have significantly lower tuition than your standard four-year institution. That means when you graduate, you could enter the workforce with less debt. Take the idea of having years of experience under your belt back into account; that’s also the time you’ll be making a living in your field and spending less on tuition costs.

High Demand for Technicians
Almost half of four-year college graduates are faced with limited job opportunities after graduating and have little choice but to take less-than-desirable positions to chip away at existing student debt. Unlike those students, trained workers equipped with technical skills are in high demand, with a multitude of job opportunities and potential for advancement.

Required Classes
A four-year college pushes more general education courses, even if it is not relevant to a student’s degree. Trade school curricula are more hands-on and focused on the skills needed for your chosen profession, with experience in shops and labs to prepare you for the real world. You won’t find yourself paying for—and pouring time and effort into—classes you don’t need.

Enroll at Pennco Tech!
At Pennco Tech, we understand that a four-year degree is not for everyone. For high school seniors seeking a compelling career path in the industry of their choosing, such as automotive technician training programs near Bucks and Camden Counties, contact Pennco Tech today!

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