Most students who are nearing the end of their high school careers are deciding what they are going to do after graduation. Going to college right after high school is a popular decision. However, not everyone who enrolls in the traditional four-year institution is ready. As a matter of fact, according to a report done by U.S. News, just one of three college freshman return to college for their sophomore years. Vocational schools are viable options for students who are not quite ready for traditional college life, or for those who have been in the workforce a number of years and are hoping to return to school. The success rates of students enrolled in vocational programs is high. Most people don’t consider trade schools, however there are a few good reasons why you should.
One of the reasons so many students tend to drop out of college is because of the time commitment involved in obtaining a bachelor degree. Vocational schools provide students with the education they need to be able to obtain gainful employment as computer specialists, surgical technologists, electricians, power engineering technicians and a multitude of other disciplines in much shorter time spans than traditional colleges. Vocational school programs focus on teaching practical skills which relate to whatever program they choose to enroll in. This means that students bypass all of the electives and other requirements which would be imposed at a traditional college, and they delve directly into the meat of their discipline. This allows students to complete their chosen programs and get out into the workforce quicker.
Many students find that traditional four-year educations are far too expensive, so some make decisions to join the workforce with the intention of saving money to be able to enroll in college at a later date. One of the most attractive things about trade schools is the price tag. The average cost of a four-year college is $24,610 per year, whereas the average cost to complete an entire trade school program is $33,000. There are many employers who have programs which will pay for your vocational school education in exchange for your commitment to work a certain number of years beyond your graduation date. These types of programs are especially attractive for people who have been in the workforce for a while, and don’t have the financial stability to be able to return to school.
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding trade schools and the ability of those who graduate from them to be successful and establish a lucrative career. Many people are under the impression that people who don’t attend a traditional college don’t make as much as those who did. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to information released by the Association for Career and Technical Education, people who graduate with applied science or technical degrees earn an average of $2000 to $11,000 more than those who hold a bachelor’s degree. Here is something to consider, there are many occupations which require people with traditional four year degrees to go back and obtain training from a vocational school. For example, someone with a Bachelor of Science in Biology would have to obtain technical training before he or she would be able to obtain employment as a medical technologist.