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Trade School Training Options
There are an abundance of trades to select from in vocational schools that provide gratifying and high paying careers. Perhaps you have already chosen one that you have for years desired to pursue. For instance, maybe you have always enjoyed working on your car and have considered utilizing that skill to make a living as an automotive tech. Or maybe a relative has had a prosperous career in a specific vocation or trade and you would love to follow in her or his footsteps. Regardless of what your inspiration is for entering a trade, there is probably a program offered that will provide the training you need. Following is just a modest representation of the trade school programs that are available in Alabama.
- Auto Mechanic
- Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Tech
- Electrical Technician
- Truck Driving
- Aircraft Maintenance Tech
- Lab Tech
- Construction Management
Each of the programs will have varying completion times and costs based upon the trade, credential earned and school. A number of the programs may be completed in a few weeks, while others will call for several months or even two or more years of training. Each of these factors need to be considered before choosing a vocation and school.
Trade Schools Online
Trade Schools online have become very popular with Alabama students and more and more accredited programs are becoming available. Although online learning is a readily available and practical way to earn a degree or certificate, it might not be the best option for all trades or vocations. For instance, learning to operate a tractor trailer is not something that you can accomplish online, nor is learning how to weld. These are skills that need to be mastered through practical training and by doing it, not by studying or watching videos. But certain aspects of the training can be suitable for online training, for example studying safety and driving guidelines for trucking schools or learning about metallurgy or how to read blueprints for welding schools. A number of programs will incorporate online instruction with on-campus lab work, such as for electrician or welding schools. So it is very important to determine before choosing an online school for any vocation if there is a suitable amount of practical training devoted to the course of study. One means to help establish that a vocational school program is both suitable for online education and delivers in-depth practical training is to confirm that it's accredited by a nationally acknowledged accrediting agency (more on accreditation later). For those trades that are appropriate for training online, it can be a practical way for students with time constraints to learn a new trade.