Have you found yourself stuck? If you are having trouble finding a job, getting a job you like, or finding a true career path forward, we understand.
Today’s “gig” economy lends itself to short-term jobs with no clear direction forward. While hopping from gig to gig can keep things fresh and interesting while being flexible with your schedule, it is not an ideal fit for someone seeking a steady career.
As described in a recent article by Newsweek, the gig economy can be better known as the “irregular” economy. While this economy allows businesses to work faster and employ people only when they need them, it has the reverse effect on its workers.
Work can be sporadic, and it can be difficult to know when you will get paid, or how much you will get paid, at the end of a project. Additionally, as Newsweek mentions, many workers face the emotional toll of irregular work, left with stress and uncertainty about the future.
Instead of chasing short-term jobs and piecing together freelance work, choose a path towards stability. More and more studies are showing the value of trade schools to get ahead in today’s economy. Rather than relying on side-hustles or contract positions, you can earn a degree or certificate that qualifies you for a position where you can learn and grow for years to come.
What is a Trade School?
A trade school, also known as a vocational school or career college, prepares you for the real working world. You are equipped with the information and skills you need to become a professional in a great field.
At a trade school, you go beyond learning abstract theories and ideas; you develop hands-on experience that makes you better prepared for the job market. You learn by doing, getting in worthwhile practice that makes you ready to jump into a new career.
Trade schools are made to create long-term career moves for students. With programs that lead to in-demand jobs, students are in good hands knowing that their hard work will pay off in a big way.
What to Look for in a Trade School
Just like all colleges, not all trade schools are the same. There are some important differences that can lead you to greater success in the future.
By selecting a trade school that works with you – offering real experience and insight that you can apply to your resume and job hunt –– you are more prepared to make an exciting career change.
In the following 5 ways, you will learn what some of the most important traits are when selecting a trade school. When you are weighing your options, think about these items; what is most important to you, and what will lead you to the most success?
Is It Personalized, Just for You?
Bigger is not always better. Have you ever struggled in school before? Or do you simply enjoy talking through your assignments with others, including the teacher? If either of these describe you, a large school can make you feel left out and left behind.
Instead, think about how you learn best. Does it help when you get to know other people around you and learn together? Do you like having a certified instructor take time with you to make sure you understand?
Online courses and large schools can leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed. Selecting a school that is large enough to provide a great program for you, but small enough to take time to care about you, can make all the difference in your progress.
Take a look at teacher to student ratios, or class size numbers. Does the number feel too disproportionate or large? Consider how you will feel if you are just a number. You are taking the effort to go to school, learn, and become a professional – shouldn’t your college treat you as one?
Is It Convenient and Quick?
One of the most interesting things about attending a trade school is all of the people you meet. From all walks of life, students are all working towards a common goal: to learn a lot to land a great job.
Since every student is different, it makes sense that each person has a life outside of school. Parents want more stability to support their kids; sons and daughters want to move out of their parents’ homes and start a new life; and unemployed people are eager to get into the working world to make money.
That’s why it is important to find a school that understands you are a person with a life. School is a wonderful way to make your life better; however, you still want to live your life and manage everything you have going on each day.
Finding a school that gets you on the path to a great career quickly and conveniently is key.
First, look at program length times. If you are interested in earning a degree or certificate, how long will this take? How quickly can you learn what you need to know, and then get out into the real world?
Next, consider your life and where you physically are. Is there a school that is close enough to you? Does the school offer multiple campus options so you can choose the one that works for you? Is the school close to public transit, or is it easily accessible for drivers?
Think about your lifestyle and how your school can fit into it, not challenge it.
Is It Respected and Legitimate?
An important factor to consider is whether a school is legitimate. You could go to a trade school, do all the work, and learn that the school is not accredited.
Make sure the school where you want to attend is accredited. This means that it has approval to teach you and give you a degree or certificate.
Along with accreditation, think about how the school is viewed in the community and beyond. Does the school work to help others in the community? Do people in the community, especially the school’s alumni, have good things to say about how the school helped them along the way?
Does the school have a track record of success, sharing great testimonials and success stories from students? It is important to do your homework on this one; reach out to people, find out what the school does for your community, and make sure that the school is able to give you the education you need.
Will It Make You Career-Ready?
When you finish up with your program, will you be ready to apply for jobs? Sometimes, programs simply give you the principles behind a field of study, but not the skills and equipment you need to move forward.
While it is valuable to learn the ideas behind your new job, you need to have actual skills and experience to bring to the table. In today’s world, jobs expect you to have experience under your belt, not just a vague idea of how you can help them out.
That’s why it is important to choose a school and program that has clear deliverables. What will you learn? Do you get any equipment in the program that will help you on the job? Is the program updated with the latest technologies to make you a great candidate?
Making the effort to go to trade school and learn something new can be challenging. It is important to know, from the beginning, that you have a team cheering you on along the way.
A team can be made up of the following people:
Smart instructors, who are skilled in their field and can give you the real details you need to be great at your job.
A career services department, willing to help you set up interviews, write a great resume, edit cover letters, and apply for positions that suit your strengths and interests.
A financial aid service, where you can feel confident in the financial decisions you make to invest in yourself and your career.
A community of alumni who have entered the working world, able to offer advice and insight for your career journey.
Wonderful classmates who, like you, are working towards a better life. These classmates can be your support system, help you learn, and give you advice as you move forward in the program together.
Choose a Trade School That Does More
While there are plenty of options for nearby trade schools, not all of them can give you a personalized, convenient, and hands-on education you deserve.
With multiple locations, program offerings, and opportunities to learn in and out of the classroom, IntelliTec College is built for your success. We have chosen our campus locations strategically, making it convenient for you to live your life while earning your degree or certificate.
Along with convenient and quick programs, we also focus on caring for you. We take time to get to know you, your career goals, and show you around the campus to learn where you fit in here. Once you are settled into a program, we check in with you along the way. Instructors make sure you are learning well, and your classmates help you stay accountable for showing up and participating.
Unlike other larger trade schools in the area, we are focused. We bring only the best programs to ensure you find a job upon program completion. Our career services department helps to guide you into the working world, and we make sure you are excited to take on your next phase in life.
If you are curious about how the IntelliTec approach is different than the other schools, talk to us today. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and create a life and career you’ve always wanted.
One of the most exciting things about a new year is the potential to try new things, meet new people, and achieve new goals. With so much to accomplish and do, why not choose a goal that has clear steps and serious benefits?
Getting your GED, or General Educational Development, opens so many doors on your path to having financial and professional success. Today, with a growing job market and a growing number of graduates with advanced degrees, the competition for a new career can be serious.
The GED puts you on a path towards a skilled position, where you can learn, grow, and lead a fulfilling life. Without a high school diploma or equivalent, many people find themselves shut out of job opportunities.
If you feel like you are capable of more and deserve a better career, consider putting “get my GED” onto your resolution list!
What is the GED?
The General Educational Development test began in World War II as a way to help soldiers who had served in the War earn their high school degree and begin a new career.
Since then, the GED test has remained important for high school dropouts or those who were unable to attend high school and earn their diploma. The exam covers some of the most crucial subjects taught in the high school classroom: social studies, science, language arts (reading and writing sections), and mathematics.
The Social Studies section is 50 questions, multiple choice, which covers topics like history (American, Canadian, and World), geography, civics and government, and economics.
The Science section is 50 multiple choice questions, covering physical science (physics and chemistry), life science, and earth and space science.
The Language Arts, Reading section is 40 questions, in multiple choice format, with 75% of the test covering fictional literature and 25% focused on non-fiction. Subjects covered can range from poetry and drama to visual and performing arts reviews.
The Language Arts, Writing section has two parts. The first is 50 questions on grammatical aspects of writing, including organization, sentence structure, usage, and mechanics. The second part of the Writing section is a written essay. You will be given a prompt and then must present your views about the topic, writing in a clear, concise manner.
Finally, the Mathematics section is 50 multiple choice questions, ranging from number operations and geometry to statistics and algebra. This section blends practical knowledge such as formulas and methods with larger concepts like probability and patterns.
Why is the GED Important?
The GED is viewed as the equivalent of a high school diploma. For whatever reason you did not complete high school, now is your chance to accomplish that goal!
For many jobs, a high school diploma is the entry you need to begin a new career. Without a diploma, you can feel stuck in a job that does not pay well or does not make you happy. Or, you can find yourself unable to find any job at all. If you have ever had a regret about not getting a high school diploma, the GED is here to help.
Not only does the GED position you for a better, higher-paying job, but it also instills a sense of accomplishment, self-worth, and pride for achieving this goal. By learning all the information the test covers, you are better prepared to take on a new job and to understand the world around you.
As the saying goes, knowledge is power! Taking the time to invest in yourself and your knowledge of history, literature, science, math, and the world around you makes you a well-rounded, educated person. Plus, taking the time to study and take the exam impresses many hiring managers. Knowing that you are a hard worker and are dedicated to being more shows that you can succeed in any career!
What Opportunities Can My GED Give Me?
Getting your GED isn’t just the end of the journey; it’s the beginning! Once you have earned your GED, the opportunities for new jobs open up and the ability to advance is possible.
Did you know that getting your GED doesn’t just help you in the job market, but it also positions you to keep learning in higher education? The GED is the prerequisite you need to attend college and get an advanced degree or certificate.
At IntelliTec College, a high school diploma or GED is required to begin training at our career college. Once you have your GED and apply with us, you are well on your way to a great new career path.
Our wide range of programs are all focused on teaching that is focused on learning and doing. Our instructors give the latest information about the field, while also giving students hands-on experiences to truly be job-ready.
Interested in some of the career paths we offer at IntelliTec? Click here to browse all of our programs and find one that is right for you! All of our programs are geared towards careers that are necessary, hiring, and in need of a hard worker like you.
How Do I Prepare for the GED?
When reviewing the many topics that are on the GED exam, you may have started to feel a little overwhelmed. World history? Sentence structure? Geometry? It is a lot of information to remember, re-learn, or learn for the first time.
But don’t panic. The GED, like any other standardized test, can be taught. Courses, books, and practice tests are all available to help you feel prepared and succeed!
Since we know how valuable the GED can be for so many, we offer GED preparation classes at our IntelliTec College of Pueblo campus. In the classes, you learn the material that you will be tested on, while also getting practice in taking the computer version of the test.
The computer version of the GED is preferred for many, since it allows for easy, online registration and instant test results (with the exception of the written essay portion). In the class, you will get a feel for taking the exam on a computer, while also getting up to speed on the exam material.
How Much Does the GED Cost?
The GED costs $150, breaking down to $37.50 per section. When you schedule your test, you will need to pay for the exam upfront.
If you end up needing to retake a portion of the test, you can simply make up your section by paying $37.50, rather than taking the entire exam again!
Registration and payment for the test is accepted through the GED’s website; check the website for further information or price changes for your area.
Where and When Do I Take the GED?
Just as our Pueblo campus offers GED preparation classes, our Grand Junction campus is a GED test-taking facility. The Grand Junction campus hosts online, computer testing of the GED for your convenience.
Although you can take the test at our Grand Junction campus, you must first register, schedule, and pay for your test at GED.com. Once you have done this, you can come to us on your scheduled date to take the test.
The Grand Junction campus offers GED exams on Tuesdays, 1:30-5PM, and Fridays, 9AM-5PM. Schedule the time that is best for you online, and we look forward to seeing you on test day.
Take the GED Exam in Colorado in 2018!
Resolve to do more, learn more, and be more in the new year. Earning your GED is the beginning of an important step for yourself and your future career!
Taking the time to invest in yourself in this important way will bring you pride and confidence that you can do anything. Challenge yourself this year and become a better version of yourself in the years ahead.
Click here to learn more about the GED, with the preparation classes and test day offered by IntelliTec College campuses in Colorado.
Wondering what doors your GED can open for you? Explore the programs IntelliTec offers to see how one test can change your entire life.
Co-authors: Kayla Harper and Jason Sievert
SkillsUSA Promotes Occupational and Leadership Skills Through Competition and Community Service Projects
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. It improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.
SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom as well as promoting community service.
SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque Chapter Performs Community Service Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico
At IntelliTec College Albuquerque campus our students have just finished the steps necessary to receive their Chapter charter. In late October 2016, the chapter officers attended a state led leadership conference which aided in building their knowledge and growing their skills as professionals. The officer team returned from their conference and took the knowledge they had learned into their next meeting.
The result was the establishment of their first community service project, a perfect opportunity to use the student’s leadership skills to serve the community and practice their technical skills repairing vehicles. The project was in Ruidoso, New Mexico where a small camp had a dozen or so automotive related projects that desperately needed completion. Albuquerque ITC answered the call and was able to accomplish almost every task at hand. They were so efficient they also had time to relax a bit.
Many projects were completed including:
installing a new muffler and tailpipe on a JCB 214 Backhoe, diagnosing a bad alternator, and fixing the wiring.
Students repaired a draw on the battery on one vehicle and a repaired another that was overheating.
Another vehicle had the fuel pump replaced and two others were diagnosed with bad cam sensors and repaired.
Overall we put in 108 man hours and saved the camp over $4000. They were immensely grateful for the student’s effort and indicated they would love to have them back anytime. The students were very professional and all had a great time.
Future Plans for SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque Chapter
In the upcoming months, our students will prepare themselves for the New Mexico State Leadership and Skills Competition, a test of each students’ level of knowledge in their field of study. Wherever they place, they will build greatly needed skills to succeed as students and professionals and force their competitors to perform at their best. The goal is to win Gold at the state level and move on to the National level.
There is much more to come from the SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque chapter. Through the next few months and years to come I expect this organization to celebrate the opportunities and challenges that may arise. We will see many triumphs and some failures, but ultimately we will learn from both.
More About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and helping each individual student to excel. The organization focuses on serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial association and SkillsUSA has served more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.
About IntelliTec College in Albuquerque
IntelliTec College in Albuquerque, NM offers hands-on career training for automotive technicians. This program awards an associate of occupational studies degree that is designed to be completed in 18 months. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 505-508-5225. IntelliTec College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
IntelliTec College Donates Funds from Annual Car Expo and Pin-Up Contest to Two Pueblo Community Charities
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Pueblo, CO – This year’s 2016 Auto Show at IntelliTec College of Pueblo raised $2550 for two deserving charities: Posada of Pueblo and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County. This annual fundraising event continues to emphasize the importance of community partnerships and the need for funds for deserving charities, while bringing attention to organizations that do so much for the community.
Anne Stattelman, Executive Director for Posada of Pueblo is grateful for the relationship.
“IntelliTec becomes part of our organization via its advocacy during fundraisers such as this. They help to spread the word about what we do, and that’s always beneficial.”
Automotive Technology Students Generate the “Fun” in Fundraising
According to Campus Director Dave Scott, IntelliTec College of Pueblo instills in its students the value of giving back to its community, and giving support to worthy local charities such as Posada and the Boys and Girls Clubs is just one example.
“This is a fun and exciting event for the entire Pueblo campus, but it’s clear the automotive students are some of the most excited. Those who display their vehicles take great pride in them,” recognizes Scott.
Planning and Preparation Pave the Way for a Successful Auto Show
Jason Ontiveros, Automotive Technician Program Supervisor at Pueblo’s campus, who has helped organize this fundraiser for a number of years, denotes,
“There were 51 cars with all types of makes and models from a 1931 Ford to a 2014 Dodge. IntelliTec’s Student Ambassadors served refreshments, and Victory Outreach of Pueblo provided games such as a bounce house and a dunk tank.”
Months before the date approaches, staff and students begin the preparations for the auto show. The event entails a tremendous amount of planning and organization, but it is also fun and rewarding. Scott notes volunteers arrive at the break of dawn to set up, and they do not leave until “every last water bottle is picked up.”
Pin-Ups and Classic Cars Create a Timeless Pair at Annual Event
For the second year, the College’s Automotive Technician program introduced additional fun and fashion with a 50’s themed pin-up contest where ten young ladies competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.
Winners took home gift baskets filled with a variety of Matrix beauty supply products and gift cards. Contestants were judged based upon their execution of hairstyles, outfits, and overall presentation of the 50’s pin-up style. Students at IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Cosmetology program were on hand to style with hair and makeup for the models of the contest.
Contestants posed for a photo shoot with several of the cars on display, and the car owners were thrilled to have their vehicles photographed with the fashionable 50’s pin-up ladies. “The contest is done very tastefully and everyone has a great time with it. Hot cars and pretty girls have always gone together in the automotive world. We take great strides to ensure it is all part of the family-oriented fun of the event,” says Scott.
About IntelliTec College of Pueblo
IntelliTec College of Pueblo, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, allied healthcare, and massage therapy fields. These programs award either associate degrees or certificates and are designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 719-542-3181.
If you do not have a high school diploma, one option for you is to get your GED certificate. GED training holds the key to a better future, for instance:
Getting your GED certificate will open doors to jobs.
If you want to go to college, you must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate to get in.
If your GED scores are good, you also may be able to apply for scholarships and other sources of money to help pay for college classes or trade school training.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your GED Certificate Now
Getting your GED will help you for your entire life. It may help others, too.
Here are five powerful reasons to get your GED now:
The job market has changed. In today’s world, most employers will not hire anyone who does not have either a high school diploma or a GED.
A GED can make a big difference in future earnings. For example, a study by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed a difference of more than $6,800 per year in average earnings between non-graduates and persons who held either a high school diploma or a GED. This study included annual earnings from 2000 through 2013 and covered full-time workers ages 25-34. The total difference for those 13 years of earnings comes to $88,400.
The more you learn, the more you can learn. The skills you gain in studying for your GED make it possible for you to be successful in other studies. Your self-confidence grows. You become aware that you have the ability to set career goals and figure out steps to reach those goals.
Getting your GED helps you meet requirements to go to college or join a branch of the armed forces. Although military career opportunities are limited when you have only a GED, the GED makes it possible for you to take college or trade courses that expand your choices.
You set an example for others to follow. Family members who are still in school see that education is important. Your determination to make your life better influences others who are struggling. The ripple effect of your efforts can have far-reaching results, doing much good.
What Is the GED?
“GED” stands for general educational development. “GED” also refers to the certificate that you earn by passing certain tests. Each state oversees testing in that state and determines the test sites. The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate.
You will be tested in these four subjects:
Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA)
Who can take the GED Test?
Anyone who is not attending high school and is age 17 or older may register to take the GED tests.
Sometimes, the age restriction is lowered to 16.
Certain students who are enrolled in school also may be able to test.
How Hard Is It To Get Your GED?
Among other questions, you probably wonder whether you have what it takes to earn your GED. Because you dropped out of high school, you may doubt your abilities. People become high school dropouts for many reasons.
Perhaps you left school to help your family.
Perhaps you got in with the wrong crowd or quit because you didn’t like the classroom environment.
No matter why you dropped out of school, you know more now than you did then.
You learned a little about how education helps grown-ups make good lives for themselves and their families.
This knowledge will motivate you to do well in your efforts to earn your GED.
Also, the study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed.
How Long Does It Take to Get Your GED?
You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. How long it takes to get your GED depends on what skills you already have. It also depends on the number of hours you study each week.
Take practice tests to find out what you know and what you don’t. Then, study only what you need to learn.
Each of the four content areas is tested and scored separately. If you do not pass one test, you only need to retake that test, not all four. Some states allow you to retake a test as many as eight times in one year.
National statistics for July 2014 through June 2015 showed that:
77 percent of all GED tests taken received passing scores.
The pass rate for the GED test in New Mexico was 74 percent.
The Colorado GED test pass rate was 88 percent.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Your GED?
Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers:
U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Education Matters
Pew Research Center: The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Colorado Department of Education: GED Participation and Outcomes FY 2014-15 Report http://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/geddatafy1415
New Mexico Public Education Department: GED Home http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/GED_index.html
National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts – Income of Young Adults
GED Testing Service: Protect Yourself From Fraud
GED Testing Service: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Test
IntelliTec Colleges: Get Your GED
IntelliTec Colleges Blog: IntelliTec College Offers Improved Online GED Testing to Grand Junction