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Trade Schools

Trade schools are designed for the career-oriented students who do not want to waste time taking courses they do not need. Traditional colleges will award a degree, but many hours are spent taking distribution requirements that are not related the main subject the student is going to study.

Trade schools are geared toward a specific profession, and are a good choice for those who want to focus on their careers and do not want to spend the time and money on a traditional college or university degree. Trade schools usually give the graduate as many career opportunities as a four year bachelor’s degree, often in half the time.

Trade schools offer courses in virtually any area of study that is useful in today’s marketplace.

Some of these areas include:

~ Information Technology

~ Art and Design

~ Media Art

~ Mechanical or automotive Studies

~ Medical Technology

~ Culinary Arts

Information technology is one of the most popular majors at trade schools, and a student can learn almost any area of computing available, including programming, web site design and repair.

A student can learn new programs or create his or her own programs, and learn HTML and other languages needed to create web sites. Since almost everyone has a computer these days, computer repair technicians are very much in demand, both for businesses and individuals.

Art and design courses at trade schools may include architecture, graphic design. Interior design and fashion design.

These courses are a great way to take native artistic ability and to make a career based on one’s talent in visual arts. Architecture students learn theory and spend a good amount of time drawing and creating models at home.

Graphic design courses teach students the basic principles of graphic design and how to use their skill in the field of advertising.

Prospective interior designers learn through classroom and practical studies and, after graduation, often work as apprentices under a supervisor before embarking on their own careers.

Fashion design courses teach the student how to take a concept, transform it into a sketch, and how to transform the sketch into a new, trendy creation.

Many students taking art and design majors in trade schools also learn marketing strategies to sell their work.

Many students enrolled in Mechanical or automotive studies at trade schools are training to become plumbers, electricians or to repair cars.

These courses are hands-on with minimal classroom work. When one is training in these areas, he or she can make actual repairs under the guidance of a supervisor. Many automotive or mechanical degrees are fairly intensive, although many earn these degrees while working full-time in another occupation.

Medical technology courses at trade schools instruct students how to take X-Rays, CAT scans and ultrasound. These courses are relatively brief, and a student can earn his or her degree in a short amount of time.

Lab technicians require more training, and pharmacology courses are usually taken for a few years, allowing the student to work with a pharmacist as part of his or her training.

Medical assistants with specializes knowledge on the use of medical equipment are currently in demand, and by taking these courses at trade schools, many people can embark on a profitable career in a relatively brief period of time.

Since trade schools are known to be career oriented, it is understood that the student cannot always put his or her life on hold to earn a degree.

Therefore, there are part-time, intensive on online options available at many trade schools, as well as some financial aid, loans and work study options for those who want to take a course on a full-time basis. Almost anyone with motivation to succeed can do well in trade schools.

For those students, the major decisions to make are what field to study and what trade school to attend.

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