September 2019: National Science Foundation Releases Report “The Skilled Technical Workforce”

September 2019: National Science Foundation Releases Report “The Skilled Technical Workforce”
DATE On September 11, 2019

September 2019:  National Science Foundation Releases Report “The Skilled Technical Workforce”

Key messages include:
• Skilled technical work is crucial to the nation and its S&E enterprise.
• The multiple educational pathways into the S&E enterprise are complementary and interdependent. Together they produce the educated, skilled, and diverse workforce the United States needs in today’s knowledge-and technology-intensive world. (retrieved 9/11/2019)

Why choose a trade school over a four-year college? While attending a traditional university may sound like the obvious choice and promise higher earnings over time, there are many factors to consider when selecting a school. Many trades are currently in high demand and offer rewarding opportunities for growth. At Rockford Career College, we offer programs that both fulfill the immediate needs of local employers and could be used toward a bachelor’s degree if you choose to further your education in the future.

Trade schools offer several advantages over four-year colleges, such as a lower cost of education, shorter program times, and preparation for jobs that typically offer high job security1. To help make our career programs even more affordable, we offer financial aid to those who qualify. Many of our programs could be completed in as little as ten months, and all of them could be completed in well under four years. Our Career Services team has also networked with local employers to determine what skills are needed in your community as well as find job opportunities for our students. 

At Rockford Career College, you are not another number. We support our students through individualized attention, free tutoring, help with issues unrelated to school, career placement, and much more. Many of our programs feature hands-on learning as well as externships with local employers so you could have real work experience in your chosen field before graduating.

What if you think you may want to earn your bachelor’s degree in the future? No problem. You could begin your education at Rockford Career College and continue later on at a four-year school. Many of our students have done this through our articulation agreements. An articulation agreement is an officially approved agreement between two institutions, which allows a student to apply credits earned in specific programs at one institution toward advanced standing, entry, or transfer into a specific program at the other institution. To learn more about these agreements, simply visit our website.

If you are looking for a career-oriented program, a trade school may just be the perfect choice for you. Call 888.860.6682 or submit our Request Information form to learn more about our programs. We are here to show you how you could be successful both in the beginning and later stages of your career journey.

1 Hamm, T.  (2019, January 24).  Why you should consider trade school instead of college.  Retrieved from