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University vs. Trade School: Helping You Make the Decision

December 11th, 2020

Upon your high school graduation, there are seemingly endless choices laid out on the path before you. Do you start working right away? Travel? Continue your education? Some may opt for a traditional university or college route, but this path isn’t always for everyone. Depending on your learning habits, interests, or planned career path, choosing a trade school may be the better option.

Pennco Tech encourages those who may not feel college is the best fit for them to consider our trade school programs as a potential option. Whether it be our automotive technology program in Bucks County or our pharmacy technician courses in Camden County, we have something that will pique your interest and prepare you for a lifelong career.

If you’re trying to decide if the trade school route is the right one for you, consider the following questions:

What Type of Training Do I Need?

While there are several careers where a traditional lecture hall setting may be beneficial, there are dozens of industries that require hands-on training. Not only does Pennco Tech offer these opportunities throughout our courses, but we also make sure that the curriculum is tailored for your industry. Universities may offer a broader range of general education courses, but these are often not carried over to your actual career and can keep you in school for an extended period of time. Which leads us to our next question….

How Long Do I Want to Be in School For?

Most universities consist of four-year programs — and in some cases, even more. Depending on the route you choose, you may also have to pursue graduate school once you are finished with your four-year program, further delaying the beginning of your career. If you are looking to get started in your line of work sooner, then a trade school program at Pennco Tech might be a more favorable option.

Which Is the More Affordable Option?

We’re sure you know all about the current student loan crisis, so you’re likely well aware that going the traditional four-year university path is an expensive one. Not only is Pennco Tech a more affordable option, but they provide counseling to students and families to ensure their understanding of the financial aid process! If your financial situation plays a role in your decision, then Pennco Tech can easily check this box off for you.

When weighing these questions, as well as what type of career you are looking to pursue, you can deduce that a Pennco Tech education might be the right choice for you post-high school graduation. We have spots available in a number of our programs, including our medical assistant training programs in Camden County and our new Mazda Automotive Program in Bucks County. However, these spots will fill up quickly, so enroll now to secure your seat!

‘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