If you know what specific career field you would like to enter and don’t think a four-year university is right for you, trade school could be the perfect fit. Trade school is a vocational school that provides the necessary training for your job of choice making it easier to secure a job quickly after graduation. Some trade school programs are less than a year long, and others can last up to 2 years, allowing you to graduate with an associate’s degree similar to attending a two-year college. Whatever career path is your goal, Educate Midland is here to support and assist you in getting there any way we can. If any of these careers sound right for you, follow these tips for choosing and applying to trade school.

Careers obtainable with a trade school degree:

  • Electrician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Plumber
  • Paralegal
  • Nurse
  • Graphic Designer
  • Welder
  • Computer technician
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Cosmetologist
  • Chef
  • Marine mechanic
  • Construction manager
  • Massage therapist
  • Pharmacy technician

#1: Ensure that the trade school offers your desired program

There are many different trade schools to choose from, and each trade school holds various programs for different career paths. Your first step is making sure that the trade school you are interested in has the program/certificate you are wanting. If you aren’t sure which program to apply for or what jobs it will qualify you for, call and ask the admissions office.

#2: A school with a good reputation is key

After ensuring that the trade school has the program you want, research to confirm that it has a strong reputation. A key factor for hiring employers is trusting that you went to a good school and are qualified to work there. When researching a trade school, read online reviews and talk to current and former students to get their input on whether or not they would recommend the program. Extensive research will ensure that you are getting your desired bang for your buck.

#3: Make sure you can manage the cost and schedule

Finally, you need to make sure you can handle tuition fees. We encourage students to apply for FAFSA if needed so that payments can be spread out and made more affordable. Additionally, double-check that your class schedule aligns with that of your work schedule. If conflicts arise, look into switching to part-time or rearranging your class times.

Applying to Trade School

Applying to a trade school is relatively simple. Most schools offer online applications that you can fill out, or you can call the admissions office for more information. Most trade school applications do not have an official deadline; however, you may have to wait until the start of your program to begin. After applying, some trade schools may require you to interview or speak with a representative to help with any questions and guide you through the program process.

Most trade schools are open enrollment, making your chances of selection very high. Because of this, most trade schools do not require you to take the ACT or SAT and do not require an essay to be written to apply. Additionally, trade schools will not consider extracurricular activities or require recommendation letters when deciding admission.

Educate Midland is extremely proud of our students in anything they decide to do after high school. Whether it be a trade school, college, career, or the military, we want our students to feel supported and assisted in getting them wherever they want to be. For more information on Educate Midland and our involvement, visit educatemidland.org

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