1. Trade schools are less expensive.
The United States is in the middle of a student loan crisis. As of 2018, there was $1.5 billion in outstanding student debate. Many graduates are on the hook for years after they graduate, and it is impossible to declare bankruptcy to eliminate it.
Trade schools provide a cheaper alternative. On average. trade schools cost only $33,000 compared to $127,000 for a bachelors degree.
2. They provide job-specific education.
Trade school programs are customized specifically for the job you want to have. If you’re in a plumbing program, you are going to be learning these skills right away. You don’t have to do two years of electives before you even start getting into major-related classes. This means that you are getting job experience from the second you start. To get this sort of experience with a college degree, many have to attend grad school, which is another two years minimum.
3. Trade school programs are shorter.
Trade schools generally can be finished in less than two years. Typically, college programs take a minimum of four years for a bachelor’s degree and much longer if they decide to go to grad school.
4. Less strict admission standards and admission dates.
Admission standards and dates are more flexible for trade schools than colleges. People can join immediately out of high school without going through a lengthy and stressful application process. There are also no restrictions on when you can apply like most four-year schools.
5. Class sizes are smaller.
Vocational classes, on average, have 21 students in each classroom. College classrooms have 24 on average. Though this doesn’t seem like a big difference, a small decrease in class size means more one on one time with teachers, leading to better retention quicker learning. Some studies suggest that the knowledge of kids in smaller class sizes is one to two months ahead of their peers in larger classes.
Beyond that, small classes influence teacher quality. Large classrooms negatively impact the abilities of schools to retain high-quality teachers.
6. Trade schools provide career services.
Because trade schools have few offerings, they’re able to develop strong relationships with various industries. Many graduates have a job lined up months before they graduate.
Schools also have access to up to date industry data on job placements. Before someone even starts school, they can see the percentage of people placed in specific jobs. This knowledge allows potential students to make informed decisions on what career path is right for them.
7. Trade school jobs are in demand.
Because of the cultural push for kids to go to college over trade schools, there is a massive job shortage in many trade school fields. For example, 7,000 new electricians enter the workforce, while 10,000 retire each year. New electricians will enjoy high wages driven up by demand and job security not afforded to other professions. Many other trade fields experience similar situations.