Technical Colleges - The Alternative for "Hands-On" People
If you are someone who has difficulty stringing two words together to form a coherent sentence and doesn't know much about history or geography -
but you can disassemble and rebuilt a modern automobile engine blindfolded - technical colleges may be just the thing for you. Not everyone is suited
to sitting in a cubicle in sterile corporate office wearing a white button-down shirt and tie; some prefer to work with their hands, with machinery, with
wood and concrete and stone. That is what vocational schools are all about - and more.
In fact, if you are considering career colleges such as a vocational technical school, you're probably ahead of the game already. Many people who
choose trade schools already know what their aptitudes are and have a clear career path in mind. This is not always the case for those who choose
traditional colleges and universities over technical colleges.
This pretty well dispels the myth that people who go to technical colleges are there because they couldn't "cut it" academically. In fact, nothing could
be further from the truth. Today's technical school is every bit as demanding as a four-year university. The reason that career colleges such as trade
schools have not enjoyed the same status is because our society and culture has traditionally focused on linguistic intelligence rather than tactile and
bodily-kinesthetic and spatial reasoning aptitudes that are important in building and mechanical trades. Nonetheless, according to Dr. Howard
Gardner, these types of intelligence are just as important as any other of the eight that his research identified back in the 1980s.
It is true that most such trade schools offer two-year degree programs rather than four-year ones, but you can be sure that those two years will be
challenging and will keep you thoroughly engaged. Career colleges are no different than other institutions; you will have to provide a high school
transcript or evidence of having successfully completed a GED program.