Career and Technical Education Month

February is “Career and Technical Education Month.” We at Rosedale Technical College are proud to celebrate the programs and successes of career and technical schools across the country.

Why should you consider the path of career and technical training? Here’s a list we put together:

Welding Program

Career and technical schools offer skills-based learning for specific career paths, such as automotive and diesel technicians, electricians, nurses, truck drivers, welders, cosmetologists, culinary, graphic designers, legal assistants, and more. Typically, an individual can begin in a CTE path in high school at a career training center.

Career and technical schools, specifically at the secondary level, offer a “fast track” education path. Typically, a secondary career and technical program is two years or less, which allows for individuals to get trained with the skills they need to get out into the workforce. For those students who began CTE training in high school and are continuing training at a secondary level, be sure to check with your school and see if any of your previous training is transferrable to course credits.nurses

Attending a secondary career and technical college or institution for two-years or less translates to less student loan debt when comparing to a four-year institution.

A majority of career and technical education programs offer a hands-on approach to learning. Rather than spending all of class time in lecture, students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the skills they are learning. For instance, at Rosedale Tech, students don’t just read about engine diagnostics. They actually have the opportunity to go out into the lab and diagnose an engine.

As many of the baby boomers move on into retirement, there is a high demand for skilled workers to step into these jobs, many of which require training that can be received at a career and technical school.

How can a career and technical college or institution impact you and your future? Schedule a tour and find out!

 

 

Rosedale Tech Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List, Ranked a Top 10 Private Vocational School

Rosedale Tech has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

mfs17_designationThis is the fifth year Rosedale Tech has earned a Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

New this year, Military Friendly Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as “Military Friendly” in November. Of those designated, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only “Are you Military Friendly?” but “How Military Friendly are you?”

Award thresholds were set by the leading educational institution in each category below:

  • Public Universities <10,000 Students
  • Public Universities >10,000 Students
  • Private Institutions <10,000 Students
  • Private Institutions >10,000 Students
  • Non-Traditional Institutions
  • Community Colleges
  • Private Vocational Schools
  • Online Universities
  • Graduate Schools
  • Tier 1 Research Institutions

Award levels are defined as:

  • Top 10 Gold – A ranked list of the Top 10 in a category based on a numerical score.
  • Gold Medal – Schools scoring within 20% of the last-ranked (10th) institution.
  • Silver Medal – Schools scoring within 30% of the last-ranked (10th) institution.
  • Bronze Medal – Schools scoring within 40% of the last-ranked (10th) institution.

mfs17_top10Rosedale Tech received the ranking of #7 of private vocational Military Friendly Schools in the country, representing the Top 10 Gold tier of this category. Rosedale Tech was awarded this due to our outstanding programs that support student veterans in the areas of academic policies and compliance; admissions and orientation of new students; a supportive culture and commitment to veteran; better terms of loan repayment and financial aid; and positive graduation and career outcomes.

Rosedale Tech will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.

Rosedale Tech a Sponsor of 2016 Friday Night Rivals in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

Friday Night Rivals 2016The 2016 high school football season is close to kicking off and Rosedale Technical College is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Friday Night Rivals series in the Pittsburgh and Harrisburg markets. Rosedale Tech will be the halftime sponsor in the Pittsburgh market and the first-down sponsor in the Harrisburg market.

Friday Night Rivals features local teams from southwest PA and central PA and will showcase some high intensity football.

Below is this year’s Friday Night Rivals schedule for both Pittsburgh and Harrisburg:

PITTSBURGH SCHEDULE

Friday, September 2 – North Hills at Upper St. Clair

Friday, September 9 – North Allegheny at Central Catholic

Friday, September 16 – Montour at Mars

Friday, September 23 – Franklin Regional at Armstrong

Friday, September 30 – Thomas Jefferson at Ringgold

Friday, October 7 – Aliquippa at Clairton

Friday, October 14 – Beaver Falls at Central Valley

Friday, October 21 – Penn Hills at Mount Lebanon

Friday, October 28 – North Allegheny at Pine Richland


HARRISBURG SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 3 – Harrisburg at Bishop McDevitt

Friday, September 9 – West Perry at East Pennsboro

Friday, September 16 – Bishop McDevitt at Cumberland Valley

Friday, September 23 – Harrisburg at CD East

Friday, September 30 – Central Dauphin at Cumberland Valley

Friday, October 7 – Carlisle at Susquehanna

Friday, October 14 – Boiling Springs at Milton Hershey

Friday, October 21 – Camp Hill at Steel High

Friday, October 28 – Mechanicsburg at Cedar Cliff

Friday, November 4 – Lower Dauphin at Hershey

Make sure to tune in to this year’s Friday Night Rivals games on 22 The Point! (Pittsburgh) and My TV Central PA 21.2 (Harrisburg).

Bring-a-Friend Days at Rosedale Tech

At Rosedale Tech, we believe that potential students should have the opportunity to not only tour our facilities, but also experience hands-on what a typical day will be like for them in our automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, and welding programs. This service is what we call shadow days, which allow for potential students to spend a day in class with current students. As a way to extend this opportunity to a larger group, Rosedale 13133272_10153396724511441_7445999982782862332_nTech began to offer Bring-a-Friend Days.

The concept is simple: if a student has a friend or family member who is trying to decide on a career or career change or is interested in pursuing opportunities in the trades, they are invited to bring this person to school for the pre-scheduled day. The friends sit in on theory, experience some time in the labs and even get to tour the rest of the school to learn about the other program offerings.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling a shadow day to learn about our automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, and welding programs, please call us at (412) 521-6200.

IDEAL Nationals Electrical Competitions at Rosedale Tech

As part of their centennial celebration, IDEAL Industries, a global, diversified family business designing and manufacturing superior products and tools for professional tradesmen in the electrical, wire processing, data IMG_0801communications, aerospace, automotive and construction industries, has announced it’s first-ever IDEAL National Championship event.  The three-round competition is open to professionals, students and apprentices in the electrical field across the country as a way to honor and showcase their abilities.

IDEAL Electrical, the world leader in electrical tools and wire termination, will begin the competition with a series of preliminary events where winners are awarded with tool kits and an opportunity to compete in the semi-finals and finals at Walt Disney World® in Orlando.

The competitions kicked off in May and will run until October.  Professional electrical tradesmen and students/apprentices can participate either as an individual or a team of three in one of the many first-round events being held across the country by electrical distributors, trade schools and other organizations across the nation.

Contestants will need to demonstrate both their problem-solving and physical skills across four categories: wire cutting, stripping, termination and testing through a multi-station speed test judged by fastest completion time and IMG_0805overall accuracy of the wire connection. The highest scores at each location will be recorded, and the top 10 professionals and top 10 students will be displayed on the IDEAL Nationals website.

Rankings will be posted online and updated daily. The top 67 professional tradesmen and top 67 students/apprentices with the fastest times (participating as individuals) will advance to the semi-finals taking place on November 11. The top five professional tradesmen and student/apprentice teams with the fastest times from the first-round events, will head straight to the finals and compete on November 12 for the IDEAL National Championship title. Those individuals advancing to the semi-finals and teams advancing directly to the finals will also receive a 13-piece tool kit (valued at $325 dollars) and travel accommodations provided by IDEAL.

IMG_0817Winners of the final competition have the opportunity to win cash prizes that can be up to $75,000 for the winning professional electrical tradesman; $60,000 for the winning professional electrical tradesmen team (split amongst the team); $30,000 (plus $5,000 for school) for the winning student/apprentice; and $30,000 (plus $5,000 for school) for the winning student/apprentice team (split amongst the team).  Cash prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners in each category.

Rosedale Technical College will be hosting a series of competitions at its facilities.  The competitions are open to outside professionals and students interested in competing.

The next scheduled competition at Rosedale Tech is Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.  To register for an upcoming competition, visit www.idealnationals.com.