Updated: June 4, 2020
Whether just out of high school or wanting to upgrade your skills and education later in life, you’ll be faced with a major decision: college or technical college? While college has its place, choosing a technical college may have benefits that a traditional 4 year college doesn’t.
Here are the top 10:
1. Hands-On Training
The type of training offered in trade and technical schools is much more vocational than in traditional college, as the focus is on learning the specific trade or technical skill. Students in aviation training, therefore, learn more by doing, and less by theorizing or studying.
2. Scholarships for Students who Qualify
Many students want to attend a technical college, but may need some financial assistance to do so. There are a variety of third party scholarship opportunities available to students in technical fields. For example, in the aviation space there are external scholarships in the areas of Aviation Flight, Aviation Maintenance Technology, as well as Aviation Electronics Technology/Avionics. Spartan College offers resources to help students find the best industry scholarship that fits their needs.
3. Well-Known Industry Partners
Many technical colleges have connections to key people and companies in their specific industries. Schools will often have companies in the industy visit campus so you can hear first-hand from those who are active in the field. Additionally, Instructors are often seasoned professionals with years of experience working in the industry. These connections may often lead to networking opportunities and learning the ropes of the industry.
4. Low Student to Teacher Ratios
While classes with hundreds of people are common in large universities and colleges, you’ll find much smaller class sizes in technical colleges. This allows for increased individualized learning and more personalized guidance.
5. Many Programs to Choose From
The diversity of programs keeps growing all the time. No matter what your passion may be, from flight school to aircraft maintenance school, there is a program for you in a technical college.
6. Career Oriented Training
Unlike traditional colleges, technical colleges have career services representatives who focus on helping students develop skills including resume and interview skills, job search techniques, communication skills, etc. While no school can guarantee employment, these types of skills will come in handy for decades.
7. Shorter Program Length
The main goal of technical colleges is to provide career-oriented training. Students tend to complete programs faster than traditional colleges, and training is hands-on. For students that do not have four years to spend on their training at a traditional university, Spartan College offers many full-time options to fit today’s busy schedules.
8. Ability to Dictate Your Own Success
Vocational schools provide career-oriented programs to help students master their trade. This means that students do not have to spend time taking classes they feel are unnecessary for whatever their career goals may be.
9. General Education Classes as a Plus
Many technical colleges require minimum General Education courses, which allows you to focus on the core training classes which interest you the most. The General Education classes at Spartan College help to provide foundational knowledge and history to specific areas of study.
10. Many Locations
Unlike traditional colleges where you may have to move hours away from home, technical colleges often have multiple locations which could be closer to you. Spartan College offers programs at four locations: Tulsa, OK; Broomfield, CO; Inglewood, CA; Riverside, CA*.
*Riverside, CA is a branch campus of Inglewood, CA
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology offers programs, diplomas, and degrees in aviation training and other areas of study. To get hands-on training in the specific field that interests you, Contact Us today to take the first step in your Spartan College journey.