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Veterans Day: Going To Trade School After the Military

November 11th, 2021

Military Student In Class

Transitioning from military life back to civilian life can be an adjustment. It gives you the time you need to figure out where you want to go and what you want to do. If you’re looking to receive an education, there are several paths to take. During your transition, enrolling in trade school may make it easier to juggle your current responsibilities while preparing for a future career. Pennco Tech is here to discuss the benefits of attending trade school after the military.

Support Your Family

Whether you live alone, with your dog, or have a whole family, you must choose a career that can support you through life. Trade school is a great alternative to traditional four-year schools, allowing you to receive an education without spending a fortune. One of the biggest misconceptions about pursuing a trade is that you won’t make as much as someone with a bachelor’s degree. But this isn’t always true. Depending on the field you’re looking to get into, you can achieve a career that’s both personally and financially rewarding.

By attending trade school, you will also have the opportunity to enter the job market even sooner. Most trade programs last about a year or so, meaning you can start searching for jobs earlier than you would if receiving a bachelor’s degree. This path can allow you to start supporting yourself or your family sooner.

Access Helpful Resources

Transitioning to civilian life after the military can be an adjustment, making it a challenge to focus on your studies. That’s why it’s so important to find a school that will provide the support and resources you need to flourish. Some trade schools offer services dedicated to assisting veterans throughout their transition. For example, your facility may offer:

  • Military-friendly trade careers
  • Educational assistance to military members, veterans, and spouses of veterans
  • Veterans Education Benefitsthrough the GI Bill® and MyCAA programs

Look around at all of your options to find a school that will not only give you high-quality education but also the resources to help you succeed.

High Job Demand

The promotion of college throughout the 1980s and 1990s has led to a drop in people who work in trade fields. For individuals looking to pursue a trade, this means that jobs are in greater demand. Earning a college degree doesn’t always guarantee an ideal career. Depending on what you study, there may be more competition in that field, making it more difficult to find jobs post-graduation.

But the need for tradespeople is quickly increasing, leading to more job opportunities and room for professional growth. By putting your time into learning a trade, not only will you learn valuable skills, but you may also enjoy greater freedom in choosing the employer that’s right for you.

Financial Aid Opportunities

As a veteran, you may already know about the benefits your GI Bill® provides. But if you’re not familiar, the GI Bill® is a program offered to veterans to cover educational costs. The GI Bill® grants funding for expenses like tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, and other supplies you may need. Although it won’t cover everything, many trade school programs offer additional financial aid opportunities specifically for veterans.

Enroll at Pennco Tech

At Pennco Tech, we’re proud to support our veteran and military students. If you’re a veteran looking to attend a trade school, we offer a variety of programs and financial aid opportunities for qualified students. With facilities in Bristol, PA, and Blackwood, NJ, students can select a location that works best for them. To learn more about how we support our veterans, contact us today.

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