Technical Schools

Technical schools are a great way to gain specified knowledge in almost any given field in a relatively short amount of time. They are a hugely popular option because they often lead to stable careers.

Some, like the academy of art university focus on art. Others have more options.

But before we get into this discussion any further, we must first define our title term...

There are tons of varying definitions, but for the purpose of this page, we'll say this: These institutions are include any two-year college that provides education in employment skills for specified labor, such as: aviation, plumbing and culinary arts.

These are not traditional colleges and universities like Texas universities, colleges in Florida or Maryland colleges. Instead, these places of learning are designed for individuals with a specific interest or talent in something. So if you know exactly what field or occupation intrigues you, one of these places could be right for you.

Here's a list of some possible Technical School programs:

  • Plumbing
  • Hairdressing
  • Cosmetology
  • Aviation
  • Welding
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Air Navigation
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Culinary School
  • Healthcare
  • Broadcasting
  • Hospitality
  • For most, the trick is figuring out exactly what you're good at.

    For starters, check out the list above. What do you like to spend time on? Cars? Painting? Do you like cooking? There are schools suited to each of these disciplines.

    If you're not positive what you'd like to study, that's okay too. Some tech schools have a more general approach; they allow you to choose your focus after you arrive on campus.

    Student Review

    I have one friend that went to technical school in New York. His name is Carl. Carl's program focused on motorcycle repair. He is a motorcycle nut, always was and always will be, so he loved the program. Here's what he had to say:

    "Most people don't really consider technical schools a real option. They think they are just for people that couldn't cut it at traditional colleges. But that's not true. The people in my program were smart and passionate, but they knew exactly what they wanted. Why study british literature when you can spend all your time focusing on building skills for a job when you graduate. And that's pretty much what I did. Right now I have a job working on bikes, basically a dream job for me, and lots of my friends from so-called 'real' colleges are still unemployed."

    Carl makes a lot of good points. If you know what you want, and it's not a traditional education, technical schools are a real option that should be taken seriously. And he's right about the job situation too. So many tech school grads land jobs quickly, because a mechanic (or chef, or whatever) with a real degree and real experience and know-how quickly rises to the top of the job market. Whereas liberal arts grads typically have much less marketable skills.

    Another technical school perk: They often exist both online and off-line. Thus, students are permitted to mix and match as they make their course schedule. Come to campus or take online classes, whatever time permits.

    Check these out...

    Academy of Art University

    This school is a great place to expand your artistic horizons, and develop the necessary skills to succeed as a career artist.

    Colorado Technical University Found throughout Colorado (and the surrounding states)this school offers many career focused degree options.

    Keiser University Keiser offers plenty of courses and degree opportunities. Central campus located in Florida.

    Full Sail University I've got a few friends that went here and loved it. Great for all sorts of arts and music related programs.

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