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What Are Essential Jobs? Exploring Opportunities in the Construction Industry

Essential jobs are jobs that are necessary to the functioning of critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are held by “essential critical infrastructure workers” or, simply, “essential workers.”1 Essential workers provide services that are vital to public health and safety and the well-being of communities across the country.1 While many industries have closed due […]

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4 Tips for Smoother Home Service Calls for Electricians and HVAC Technicians

What do HVAC technicians and electricians have in common? They can both benefit from good customer service skills.1 While you may learn different technical skills in an electrician training program versus HVAC classes, you’ll likely enter customers’ homes to make service calls in either skilled trade. And that can make soft skills like communication and […]

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3 Digital Networking Options for Recent Welding School Grads

You finished your welding classes and graduated from trade school. Now it’s time to start your welding job search. Where will you look? Better yet, who will you meet? More than 70% of jobs are typically found through networking.1 But what about social distancing? You have digital options.2,3,4 Check out these 3 online platforms for […]

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What to Do When You’re Stuck and Need to Change Careers

A recent survey found that more than half of workers in the U.S. are not happy with their jobs.1 Why? Several factors can contribute to career dissatisfaction: whether it’s the hours you work, the pay, the people or just what you must do while you’re there.2 If you feel like you’re stuck and you need […]

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Why Is an Electrician Considered an Essential Worker?

Your lights. Your computer. Your coffee maker. Electricity powers them all and much, much more, and electricians are the people behind the scenes making it all possible.1 That’s why they’re still clocking in everyday even during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re essential workers.2 Keep reading to see how electricians help power America during national emergencies and […]

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Alternatives to College: Comparing 5 Popular Options to a 4-Year College Degree

Studying at a traditional four-year college is the path to the American Dream, right? Not so fast. While many people do go onto successful careers after university, others drop out or can’t find work after they graduate. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to career preparation. Fortunately, there are other ways to learn the skills to […]

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Tips for Remote Learning

Many of our classes have moved to remote learning. It is a little different than what you have been doing—and we get it. You enrolled in trade school because you wanted to work with your hands and get to know what using real equipment is like. You might be wondering, how are you going to […]

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