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Why You Should Attend Trade School Online

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Monday, 27 September 2021. Posted in Career

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For decades, many people passed over trades careers in favor of attending traditional, four-year colleges. However, we’re starting to see a shift, as more skilled workers are urgently needed throughout a variety of industries. Keep reading to find out why an online trade school can make a difference in your education and career.

What are the benefits of an online trade school

If you’re looking to enter the trades, you might be hesitant to consider attending school online. After all, trades tend to focus on hands-on work, so it’s easy to assume you’d need to train in-person. However, Ashworth College offers many different trades programs, uniquely designed to help you earn real-world skills for a competitive job market, while causing little disruption to your daily life.

With Ashworth College, self-paced classes mean you construct your schedule according to what works for you. If you’re currently working, you don’t have to worry about quitting your job or rushing each day to get to classes on time. You take on your work when it fits into your schedule. This is also helpful depending on where you live. If there isn’t a trade school near you, you don’t have to worry about an extra-long commute or relocating. Wherever you are, you can study online with Ashworth.

Because classes are online, there is little overhead, too. Brick-and-mortar schools require rent, building maintenance, and utilities to name a few expenses. With no physical campus, online schools are able to eliminate many of those extra costs, making your education more affordable than attending classes in person.

What online trades programs are available?

The trades can be a really diverse field, so there are many options that are likely to fit a wide array of interests and strengths, such as:

  • Automotive. If you love cars and engines, and getting dirty, you can learn the skills needed to work with cars and trucks. You can learn the basics and more advanced skills to diagnose, repair, and maintain different automotive systems including engines, transmissions, ventilation systems, and heavy truck mechanics.
  • Home and Business. Working underneath a hood isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking to work with your hands and put technical, handy know-how to work, there are options for you, too. From plumbing, to HVAC, to carpentry, and more, you can learn the theories, skills, and business practices to help out small and large businesses, as well as both old and new homeowners with the essential functions of maintaining their houses or facilities.

These are just some of the basic areas in which you can work within the trades, but there are many specific careers that fit into these categories, and even one or two that don’t! Learn more about the specific trades programs offered by Ashworth and which might be right for you here.

How much does an online trade school cost?

Though an online education is often more affordable than a brick-and-mortar school, there is no blanket price tag. Not only are there a number of trades programs from which to choose, they each offer a different type of credential, which can impact the price of the program.

Most trades programs through Ashworth result in either a career certificate or a career diploma. A career certificate tends to be a condensed program focusing on just one subject area, while a career diploma combines some general education credits along with career training.

Regardless of what program type you choose, Ashworth offers low, interest-free monthly payment options and discounts for paying full tuition up-front, so you can feel confident that you’re getting a cost-effective education. However, if you’re curious as to what exactly your costs will be, our tuition calculator can help you determine your costs based on your program choice and down payment so you can budget accordingly.

Do you need an apprenticeship to finish online trade school?

There are many benefits to undertaking an apprenticeship, including real-world experience and the ability to make connections within your industry, but with our online career certificate and career diploma trades programs, an apprenticeship isn’t a required part of your curriculum. You can, though, look into getting one independently if you feel it would be beneficial to your future career.

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