Trade school, also called vocational-technical school, aka “vo-tech,” has been actively discussed as an alternative to college in the media, and not just the education press. A trade school might be more appealing to high school students who:
If you are considering a trade school program, and are not currently enrolled in one through your local school system, there are some considerations that will be different from college. They are:
I have two biases towards trade school programs that I feel obligated to share, based on personal experiences:
A trade school education is not to be snubbed if it can lead directly to a career that the graduate will find interesting and rewarding as well as financially lucrative. But just as choosing a college requires an informed decision, so does choosing a trade school program.
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