Archive for August, 2009

Welding for women

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

For most women, a career in welding is not an option, it probably hasn’t even crossed their mind. Reasons for this include how physically demanding a welding career can be and that it is an industry generally dominated by men. But there is another side to welding – the side where a women’s touch can make all the difference – welding art.

One school in Illinois, Harper Continuing Education, is offering classes that might pique women’s interest in the welding field. The classes being offered are “Welding for Women” and “Make Your Own Garden Structure.”  Classes are being taught by Pamela Olin, a nationally known welding artist. Both courses are non-credit and meant to introduce women to welding concepts.

Beyond art, many women hold successful positions in the welding industry. A Wisconsin technical college is opening middle school girls up to the opportunities in this field. During a weeklong camp at Fox Valley Technical College, middle school girls are introduced to a variety of careers that men normally dominate including welding and police work. This camp is meant to empower girls letting them know that there’s no job a girl can’t do.

Employers in the welding industry are looking for qualified workers. Whether you are a woman or a man welding could be the career for you. Search our database now for a welding school in your area.


Skilled workers are always in demand

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The more newscasts you tune in to, the more you’re bound to hear about the gloomy effects of our current economic recession. These days, the country’s unemployment rate is still soaring and many job seekers are taking any work they can get.

Anyone embarking on a job search right now certainly has reason to feel apprehensive, but some of the standard government statistics leave out an important group of workers: those with specialized skills. These workers – who possess unique and focused skills that sometimes take years to perfect- are often in a better position to snag a great-paying job than workers with more commonplace knowledge.

Employers report that welders, critical care nurses, and electrical linemen are just some of the workers in high demand all across the country. And it turns out that technical schools are the leaders in teaching students these types of skills. From automotive maintenance, construction, and culinary programs, to HVAC, trucking, and welding programs, technical schools offer you many choices for a successful career path.

Check out the schools on to find the right program offered near you. It can be your chance to overcome the country’s sticky economic situation.

Can you gain trade and technical skills in an online format?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Nowadays, it’s all about being online – advertisements, music and movies, and communication. So it’s no wonder why schools and colleges are following suit by offering online training programs. But, not all training programs are created equal.

What does that mean for the student who wants to offer trade or technical services? Can those students find the same flexibility and convenience of online learning that other traditional students are experiencing?

Since technology has advanced us to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, it’s no surprise that more and more technical and vocational schools are offering either all online or blended course instruction in the trades field. A blended course instruction includes both in-class and online training.

Students can find a number of online options for trades or technical training, like:

• Auto repair and maintenance
• Electronics
• Carpentry and construction
• And more!

Gone are the days of sitting through classes and trying to fit school into your life – now class can come to you with online training! Learn more today!

Technical School Training Length

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to complete some of’s most popular programs and begin your new career? While program length depends on state and school, here are some rough estimates of how long you could plan on training for various programs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:


Dental Assistant – as little as 4 to 6 months

HVAC Technician – as little as 6 months

Motorcycle and Small Engine Mechanic – as little as 6 months

Court Reporter – usually less than a year


Medical Assistant – usually 2 years for an associate degree

Dental Hygienist – 2 years for an associate degree to 4 years for a Bachelor’s degree

Electrician – certification plus up to 4 years of apprenticeship

Parole Officer – up to 4 years for a Bachelor’s degree

Before you assume that a shorter program length is always better, consider this – fields which require more training often have less competition once you’re on the job. So your chances of finding employment may increase with longer program lengths.

The bottom line is, though – do what makes you happy. Even if you’re in school for 4 years, that’s only a fraction of how long you’ll be in your career … so it should be one that makes you happy. Which career field would make you happy? Search for it by state, school, or program now!

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