For Many, Vocational Certificates are Good Alternatives to College Degrees
Posted Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 by
Vocational training is an economically viable alternative to college for many high school graduates, according to a recent article in The New York Times.
Quoting several studies — Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “National Longitudinal Survey of Youth” and the Census Bureau’s “Survey of Income and Program Participation” — Times writer Motoko Rich concludes that vocational certificates can significantly boost the earning power of those who earn them.
Key findings in the Times article include:
• The median earnings of people who hold certificates are 20 percent higher than the median earnings of workers who go no further than a high school diploma.
• If certificate holders work in the field in which they earn the certificate, their median income is just 4 percent less than the median income of associate-degree holders.
• Men with certificates enjoy a wage premium that is 27 percent higher than the median earnings of those who stop at a high school diploma. For women, the premium is 16 percent.
You can read the entire article here: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/how-certificates-can-lift-income/.
WyoTech Offers Vocational Training in Hands-On Field
If you aren’t the academic type, want to work with your hands and also want the higher earning power that can come with a post-high-school education, then a vocational diploma from WyoTech may be right for you. WyoTech is one of America’s leading trade schools, offering advanced career training programs in:
- Automotive Technology
- Diesel Technology
- Motorcycle Technology
- Marine Technology
- Building Trades, including plumbing; electrical; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
At WyoTech, you can earn your diploma in as little as a year. (Some programs last longer.) The automotive, diesel and motorcycle programs also allow you to concentrate on a specialty so you can follow your true passion.
You’ll find WyoTech campuses in Blairsville, Pa.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Laramie, Wyo.; Fremont, Calif.; and Long Beach, Calif. All campuses feature modern workshops and small classes taught by industry professionals. They also have dedicated Career Services teams who can help you transition from school into the workforce upon graduation.
Sound interesting? Then contact WyoTech today to learn how you can start earning your vocational diploma…and start on the road to career success.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.