The world is changing. Many students and their parents feel no choice but to pursue a four-year degree from a traditional college, often racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. But is the investment paying off?
The numbers aren’t promising: Tuition costs for traditional schools continue to skyrocket, many reaching $60,000 per year. 80% of students leave with a crippling debt. Many of them lack the hands-on job experience and practical skills that hiring managers are after. 41% of graduates from the nation’s top colleges could not find jobs in their chosen field.
Real-life skills–not degrees–are swiftly becoming the currency of the job market. As the traditional model becomes outdated, vocational schools offer an exciting and rewarding alternative. Here are several reasons to consider sending your child to a welding school:
As more and more welders retire, there is growing need for experienced and skilled welders who can fill in the gaps. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26% by 2020. This makes welding one of the fastest growing professions in America.
Despite the need, nearly half of U.S. industries report difficulties locating skilled welders. NAM (what is this) reports that 60% of manufacturers typically turn away half of all applicants due to a lack of proper skill and training in the welding industry. Although there is a high demand for skilled, experienced welders, employers want to be sure that they are hiring qualified, properly trained welders.
“I really enjoyed my time at Arclabs. They pushed me to achieve my goals and have gotten me where I wanted to be.”-Piedmont student, Christopher Copeland, who now works at Michelin
"Arclabs really changed my life in more ways than one and I'm proud to be a graduate."- Michael Posey, Columbia
"The school was a great experience. I found that working at my own pace and one-on-one teacher help was great. Thanks Arclabs!"- Hunter Wisham, Piedmont
"I have already recommended this school to a friend. The staff was great, well informed, and professional. The instructors were knowledgeable and very accommodating to my needs in learning."- Cecil Risher, Columbia
"This school is very educational, with very knowledgeable staff. The staff works well with students and are very encouraging. Arclabs is a great welding school and I would highly recommend it to anyone."- Garrett Sloan, Piedmont
"Being previously trained in welding, but out of practice, it was great to be able to come to Arclabs to regain my proficiency and skill. All the instructors and staff have been helpful and understanding which made the experience easier."- Cavan Cox, Piedmont