Skills that Last a Lifetime Skills that Last a Lifetime

Skills that Last a Lifetime

Vocational/Technical training prepares you if you choose to go directly into the workforce or if you continue on after high school to a two-year college, four-year college or some kind of apprenticeship, which is the chosen path of many vo-tech students. In fact Jason Helder, supervisor of student information services at Salem County Career Technical High School's Academy for Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program, says the benefits to current technical education are enormous. Here's why: 

  • FOCUS: You begin focusing on life after high school while still in high school—vo-tech is a mixture of academics and practical skills-based training like cosmetology or cooking. Decide you hate hairdryers and despise dicing and chopping? Well, aren't you happy you found out now, instead of wasting money on further education and time heading down the wrong career path? You may also have discovered the very best path for a career you will love! 
  • ACCESS: Most vo-tech schools have agreements with colleges and universities that enable you to earn up to as many as nine college credits toward your degree before you even get to college.  
  • EDGE: The practical experience you earn as a high school vo-tech student will put you in demand with employers, ahead of other 18-year-old grads who haven't learned a new skill. For those going on to further their education, you may have an advantage getting into the best post-secondary schools because your technical education provided you with two years of actual work in the field. This may be especially true in such areas as culinary, graphic/commercial arts, automotive technology, engineering, or architecture where you gained specific advanced knowledge that regular high school grads would not have received.  
  • EMPLOYMENT: If you choose to go directly into a career after high school, most vo-tech programs offer cooperative education and apprenticeship programs that allow you to work on-the-job in your field during your senior year of high school. Most often, that job is offered to the student on a full-time basis the day they graduate school.  
  • OPTIONS: You graduate from high school with the option to go to college or go directly into a career. If you choose to go directly into the workforce, then you are not just working as a retail cashier or working in a mall at a minimum wage job. You are going into a career with a steady job that offers good benefits.