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.

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!

 

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.