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If you’re trying to decide whether to attend a technical college or go to a traditional, four-year university, there are probably lots of questions you’re asking. 

Which is better for your future? Which will give you the training you need to be successful in the workforce? What skills do you need to have mastered before you start your career? Is a trade school better than the traditional college route? What about the negative stigma surrounding technical education? 

As outdated perceptions of technical education slowly become less and less commonplace, many people have found that attending a technical school is actually the quickest path to a satisfying and high-paying career. 

Why Is That?

Technical colleges tend to be more hands-on in the way that they approach learning. Schools like Pickens Tech that prioritize career and technical education tend to look at a student’s time on campus as broken into two separate parts. First, time is “the shop” or “the lab” where hands-on training and real-world simulation are emphasized. Second, time in the classroom where more traditional student-teacher interaction takes place. 

This combination of two learning methods is what makes schools like Pickens stand out from a more traditional, four-year university model. We believe that the more hands-on training a student has before entering the workforce, the more competent that student will be by the time they leave Pickens. 

From a strictly financial perspective, it is also worth noting that getting a bachelor’s degree is typically much more expensive than working towards a certificate in a skilled trade from an institution like Pickens. 

This is a big decision, and lots of factors will need to be weighed before a final choice is made. Take the time to think about what field you ultimately want to pursue, and make sure that you clearly understand the pros and cons associated with the different ways to ultimately reach your goal. After all, what is the best learning environment for one student may not work for another. 

Take the first step towards the rest of your life today! Find your career path by perusing the many different programs and pathways offered at Pickens by following this link