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Aircraft Mechanic - Training & Careers
Publish date : Mar 25, 2010

According to the Department of Labor, the FAA requires at least 1.5 years of work experience for certification. In addition, most aircraft mechanics have earned a 2 or 4-year degree from an FAA-certified school. Read More...

Auto Mechanic - Training & Careers
Publish date : Mar 25, 2010

You'll benefit from studying in a degree program where you will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on training. You'll learn every aspect of automotive repair, troubleshooting, maintenance, analysis, and even invoicing. In addition, you'll learn how to navigate the complicated computer programs that most auto mechanics use when making their repairs and analyses. Read More...

Cabinetmaker - Training & Careers
Publish date : Mar 25, 2010

While it is true that most woodworking professions require little or no academic training, if you want to become successful, you should probably go to school first. Making the cabinets, after all, is only half of the actual business. Read More...

Trade Schools & Vocational Training Programs

trade schools According to the dictionary, trade schools - also known as vocational schools - are secondary schools that teach the skilled trades. This day and age, a trade school can actually be a professional school specializing in one field, or a local community or vocational college where several disciplines in a variety of fields are taught.

In recent years trade schools, no matter the type, have proliferated. As competition for well-paying jobs sharpens, more and more workers are looking to vocational schools to buffer their resumes, and take a pro-active stance towards better guaranteeing good wages for the future.

Specifically, trade schools provide you with skills and job training that is on the cutting edge of technology. The idea is that completion of a good trade school program should allow you to jump right in to the specific career field of your choice.

Evaluating Trade Schools

There are several things to keep in mind when thinking about enrolling in a vocational school.

Is the school accredited? ACCST or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology is recognized as the leader in accrediting these schools.

What is your expertise? Could some facet of your professional experience turn into a career you desire, when complemented with a vocational training program. For example, if you have experience as an administrative assistant, how about upping your profile to paralegal? Or if you're an auto mechanic, how about becoming a better-paid diesel mechanic?

Trade Schools: Is Vocational Training Right For You?

Be honest with yourself! What kind of learner are you? If you are quite disciplined, do you need to plunk down the cash for a vocational training program? Maybe you could teach yourself, then get certified in your target field of choice.

Conversely, if your life is already frantically busy, are you sure you have the time and energy available to adequately devote yourself to a vocational training program?

But if the will and ability is there, attending one of the following trade schools is a great way to get ahead.

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            UEI College , Bakersfield
            • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
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            Intercoast Colleges , West Covina
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            Electrician Training
            • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
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            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
            • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
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            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
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            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
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            • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
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            • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
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