What is the Major Difference Between a Trade School and College or University?

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Are you ready to join the workforce but need to decide whether to complete a trade program or spend 2 to 4 years in college getting a degree? You have choices in higher education, whether you just graduated from high school or want to change career paths later in life. So, what is a trade school?

What is a Trade School?

Trade schools, also known as vocational and technical schools, offer focused training programs that help students to become trade professionals. Tulsa Welding School offers programs in HVAC/R, welding, and electrical. Most programs can be completed in under a year, and the curriculum is laser-focused on only the knowledge and skills students need to become a trade apprentice.

What is the Major Difference Between a Trade School and a College or University?

There are many differences between a trade school and a traditional college. These differences include:

Program Length

How much time do you want to spend in school? Can you stay out of the workforce for more than a year? Either way, you have options. You can choose a 2-year Associate degree, a 4-year Bachelor’s degree, or the quicker path with a Diploma program that takes as little as seven months to complete.

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Many college or university students may not know what they want to do for a living. Two years of elective classes will give them time to try different disciplines and decide how they want the final two years of university. On the other hand, many trade school students know precisely what trade they want to learn. Trade school students want to complete a diploma program to start working as an apprentice in the trade industry.

Cost of Education

Education can be less expensive since a trade school lasts less than a year. Completing two to four years of traditional college can get expensive. The cost of tuition, room and board, and all the other expenses associated with attending a traditional college. How much do you want to spend on your education? And how much money will you make when you graduate?

Want to Learn More?

At Tulsa Welding School, we are dedicated to helping you change your life and leading you to lifetime fulfillment and success. In addition to our supportive faculty and staff, our hands-on training programs are created with feedback from companies that employ skilled trades professionals. We train you in the types of skills that employers look for in a worker.

To learn more about our trade programs, contact us at Tulsa Welding School or call (214) 227-9911.