Selecting the Right Fit for YOU When it Comes to Higher Education

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on where to pursue higher education. While there’s no magic formula for making the selection, it’s important to identify what areas are important to YOU. Understanding the different options available to you is crucial because not everyone is made for the same type of learning environment.

When exploring your options for higher education, here are a few things to consider:

The Type of School

There are several types of higher education that you can choose to pursue. Take your time to look at all of the options. Traditional four-year colleges and universities usually offer a more common type of learning environment. Community colleges and junior colleges mimic a similar environment to a college or university, but commonly take less time to complete. Career schools and career colleges offer specialized skills or training that can allow you to complete them in two years or less; many people see these options as a way to get on the career fast track.

Each type of school has advantages and disadvantages for an individual. That’s why we want to stress the importance of exploring all the options.

The Location

Many options for higher education are available nationally and internationally. Take the time to pinpoint the right location. This is a critical decision when it comes to choosing an educational institution. Ask yourself:

  • Do I want to stay close to home?
  • Do I want to explore other areas?
  • Do I want to commute from my current home?
  • Do I want to move?
  • Does the school I want offer student housing?
  • If the school I want doesn’t offer student housing, will I be able to find off-campus housing?
  • What is the cost of living in the area?

In order to make an informed decision, you should be considering all of these topics before committing.

The Size of the School

You should enter the search for a school with an idea in mind about how big your ideal school is. Think of size in terms of the campus and the student body. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I need a car to get to class?
  • Can I walk to class if necessary?
  • Do I want to work in larger or smaller groups?
  • Do I prefer a larger class size?
  • Do I want a more intimate learning environment?

The Length of Program or Certifications

The time it takes to complete a program, certification, or course will vary by type of school you’ve chosen. Typically, traditional colleges and universities take four years to complete, and depending on the program and student, they may take more.

Community and junior colleges take, on average, two years to complete. Sometimes these colleges can offer technical or vocational courses, too.

Career schools and colleges vary in length depending on the certification. Oftentimes, a program can take one to two years to complete. Certification programs can range from weeks to months.

The Available Student Services

When researching schools, take a look at what student services they offer. The services can range from tutoring to career counseling. Consider the following:

  • Do they offer any type of career services?
  • Do they offering tutoring?
  • Do they offer counseling?
  • Is there a health care center?

Make a list of what is important to you, and take it with you when you’re touring schools. Ask about the services they have, and what they can do to help you with questions about services they don’t.

The Types of Student Activities

Are you interested in doing activities outside or in school? What will be available to you?

  • Do you want to play a sport?
  • Are you interested in having access to a fitness center?
  • Are there any clubs or organizations you want to participate in?

The Cost

Higher education is an important investment. It is extremely important to know the cost of your education and how you can pay for it. When you tour a school, ask about financial services, what the annual cost is, tuition, and keep in mind that the cost will affect the time it is going to take to complete the program. Ask other questions like:

  • Could I get one-on-one time with the financial aid officers?
  • Can someone help me create a customized financial plan that outlines all costs?
  • What other costs would I be responsible for? (Think books, room and board, food, parking, etc.)

What’s Right for You?

The short answer is this: not every school is going to be the right fit for every student. That’s why we offer this advice to students who are doing their research. While these topics don’t cover all factors in selecting a school, you need to prioritize what is important to you to find out what will be the right move. For more information on other areas to consider, check out this College Tour Guide. You can print it out and take it with you on college visits to answer questions on several topics that you should consider before making a final decision. Good luck to you and your educational endeavors!

Industry Influencers You Should Follow Now

There are so many progressive advancements being made in the world of trades. From automotive technology and truck driving to welding, it’s hard to stay up to speed on the newest tips, tricks, and trends. We think that social media is a great way to stay up to date within your trade. Good news for you, we’ve put together a list of our favorite industry leading accounts that we think you should follow!

Eric The Car Guy

Eric the Car Guy graduated from, you guessed it, Rosedale Tech! He graduated in 1996 and the rest is history. He has worked his way up and now he gets to do what he loves! The best part is, he shares it all with his fans. He has an entire website, blog, and numerous social platforms dedicated to his extensive knowledge of automobiles, automotive HVAC and even automotive electrical. We are so proud of things Eric has accomplished! You can find him on his website, Youtube channel, or Instagram.

Popular Mechanics

The Popular Mechanics blog is a combination of cars, how-tos, industry news, technology, and so much more! We personally love their car section but there are plenty of subjects to spark all of your interests. You can check out their website, Instagram or Youtube channel.

Welding Tips and Tricks

This site is exactly what it sounds like! You will no longer need to search and search for welding hack because there is good chance that this page holds them all. Anyone interested in the craft can surely appreciate a welder that simply likes to learn and help others do the same! Check out their website and Youtube page to see what all the fuss is about!

Truck Daily

This is an account designed for all the truck lovers out there. Get your daily dose of trucks, engines, off-roading and just about anything pertaining to trucks you can think of. This is a great place to scope out your ideal dream ride. Check them out on their Instagram, Youtube channel or visit their website!

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Your Mechanic

If you are looking for a place to get some solid car advice, this this the account for you. They have fun facts, informational articles, industry news and a stellar Q&A section. If you are more of a visual person, check out their Instagram account, @yourmechanic. For more content you can visit their website or youtube channel!

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Unobtainium Welding

This welding account is the welder’s dream. They specialize in exotic and precision welding. If you love looking at perfectly welded items or if you love seeking out inspiration, search no more! Learn more about Unobtainium Welding at their website or their Instagram page.

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Scanner Danner

Last but not least, Scanner Danner! We have to toot our horn for a minute because Scanner Danner is one of Rosedale Tech’s very own. He is an ASE L1 certified Master Technician with 23+ years of experience in the field and has been an educator at our school for over 15 years. His account corresponds closely with the book that he has written himself. You can learn about diagnostic strategies and testing procedures on his channel. Check out Scanner Danner on his website or his Youtube channel.

Do you dream of someday doing what these guys do and envy their extenstive industry knowledge? Visit our program page and and contact us tp learn more about getting a career in the trades.

Our Automotive Program and How to Change Your Own Oil

Rosedale Technical College offers an Automotive Technology program. If you love to change your own oil and perform other basic car maintenance tasks, or you have always loved cars and other vehicles, you may find a rewarding career in automotive technology. See below for a helpful how-to infographic and more information on our program!

What Our Program is About

Our automotive tech program is about teaching our students proper maintenance and repairs for vehicles, a skill that is rising in demand. It is about teaching students to work with equipment that you would find in a commercial garage like lifts, digital and manual wheel alignment machines, and more.

Before completing our program, our students are offered the chance to take ASE Certifications. An ASE Certification is almost necessary in any professional automotive career. A certification promotes excellence in the fields of automotive repairs and maintenance. Our end goal, for all of our courses, is to teach students the skills that they need to potentially obtain a professional career after they graduate.

The Ideal Student

Who is our Automotive Technology course for? It may be the perfect fit for you if:
– You are interested in changing your own oil, tires, or doing other basic car maintenance work.
– You are detail oriented.
– You want to be a trusted authority.
– You like to take things apart.
– You are a problem solver.
– You are a troubleshooter.
– You are good with customers.
– You love working in a shop environment.

Our automotive tech students are often visual and kinesthetic learners. They have often worked in a job or career that required them to work with their hands and be on their feet. Nine to five desk jobs aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Our students have learned that there are many alternative options to the typical office job.

6 steps to changing your oil

Have you ever been changing your car’s oil and realized that you love working on cars? Have you ever helped out a friend or family member with your knack for automotives? If that sounds like you, it’s time to check out our Automotive Technology program and turn your favorite hobby into a career! See our program page to find out what it takes!

HVAC – Who, What, When and WHY

What exactly is HVAC and why is it important?

Let’s talk about exactly what HVAC does. Most people know enough about it to know that it stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. But what does that mean?

o   HVAC is the technology of indoor environmental comfort. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality.

o   Heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer is important to just about everyone.

Why is HVAC such a popular and growing industry?

o   The HVAC industry is a stable industry with endless opportunities. Because it is such a technology-driven industry, the opportunity for different career paths is always growing and changing.  And as the population grows so does the demand for skilled HVAC Technicians.

o    We think the reason so many students choose the HVAC program is because of the limitless career paths. It’s easy to get bored doing the same exact thing every day. With an HVAC degree, you can change your path whenever and as many times as you would like.

What is the day-to-day life like of an HVAC grad?

It’s hard to step into the life of an HVAC grad because there are so many different paths that they can take that it is hard to imagine exactly what our grads are up to. Lots of happy and successful grads have given us feedback on what they have been accomplishing since graduating from Rosedale Technical College. They include:

o   Repairing and installing heating and AC systems in someone’s brand new home, commercial building, or industrial plant.

o   Creating the ideal environment in that brand new home or office.

Why would I like about being an HVAC technician?

o   You don’t have to be weighed down by the thought of doing that same tasks every day.

o   Each day you will be challenged with new and exciting tasks. Being an HVAC technician is a job for someone who loves to work with their hands, making something, and seeing the end result.

o   You will be a real life superhero when you swoop in to save the day by fixing a customer’s A/C or heating issues.  Whether that is a neighbor, your mom, or a large commercial building with thousands of workers.

What kind of career can I have as an HVAC technician?

o   Technician

O   Installer

o   Project manager

o   Sales

o   Service manager

o   Residential, Commercial, or Industrial

O   Or be your own boss

 

No matter the economy there will always be a demand for HVAC technicians. Start your promising career and contact our admissions team today!

 

Industrial Technicians Keep Machines Running

The Men Behind the Machines

In response to growing career opportunities in the manufacturing field, Rosedale Technical College has introduced a new program, Industrial Technician, for those who want to work in the manufacturing industry. These professionals go through extensive training to learn how to maintain and repair industrial equipment such as conveyor systems and packaging and production machinery in plants, construction sites, factories, and other areas. Industrial Technicians work in every manufacturing field, including public utilities, mining, energy and power, aviation, vehicles, food processing, and chemicals.

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