Becoming a Jack of All Trades

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Are you having a hard time choosing a career path, or are you thinking about changing careers? Choosing a career can be a tough choice for many people. Especially if you are the type of person that doesn’t want to sit behind a desk all day. Don’t worry, there are a lot of options for you in industries that are hands-on and active.

If you’re the type of person that likes to jump in and get the job done, automotive, HVAC, and welding are all potential careers that can be fun and engaging. But if you are having a hard time choosing just one avenue to pursue, consider doing a little bit of everything and become a “Jack of All Trades” and pursue the Industrial Technician field! This career is for those who love doing something different every day and learning new things as they go.

What is an Industrial Technician?

An Industrial Technician is the guy (or gal!) that can figure out how to fix nearly anything! Industrial Technicians get to do a variety of things on any given day. As an Industrial Technician, you may be working on manufacturing equipment in a factory, or you could be tasked with repairing heavy machinery at the mines. There is high demand for workers with this skill set because businesses that use any kind of mechanics or machinery could use the help of someone trained to maintain and repair that machinery. According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for Industrial Technicians is bright with a projected growth rate of 16% from 2014-2024. The job growth in this trade is higher than the 7% growth rate average for all other occupations! This is great news for anyone thinking about becoming an Industrial Technician!

Become an Industrial Technician

More great news about becoming an Industrial Technician is that the education path is also experiential and exciting! During your education and training, you can learn about hydraulics, electrical, blueprint reading, and welding, just to name a few, and you get the opportunity to work with many of the things you may encounter in the workforce. Also, you can learn skills that could help you when you encounter something you may not have a lot of experience with. Your training at Rosedale Tech coupled with hard work and practice can give you a very unique skill set!
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Learn to Become an Industrial Technician

At Rosedale Technical College, we’ve designed our Industrial Technician program to teach the skills you want for your future. The instructors at Rosedale Tech all have extensive experience, and many of them are business owners, operators, and industry influencers. One of our instructors, ScannerDanner, is a great example of the leadership we have here! They can pass their expertise onto you and the curriculum taught at Rosedale is interactive, hands on, and comprehensive.

What are you waiting for? Start your journey towards an exciting career as an Industrial Technician! If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an Industrial Technician you can schedule a tour of Rosedale Tech. You can also request more information here.

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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!

Now Offering Applied Business Management at Rosedale Tech

Architect And Construction Worker With Plans, Tablet PC And LaptopFor over 68 years, Rosedale Technical College has offered technical skills training for jobs in manufacturing and construction related fields. But did you know that outside of the technical training courses, Rosedale Tech also offers an Applied Business Management course?

Rosedale Tech’s Applied Business Management program is one of the school’s newest programs. Its curriculum is structured for individuals who are looking to advance into entry-level management and leadership positions in a number of fields.

The program offers intimate class sizes and teaches lessons in an interactive method that focuses on real-world business experiences. Evening and weekend classes offer flexible scheduling for individuals working full-time during the day.

ABMThroughout the 18-month program, students have the opportunity to learn concepts, like:

  • Selecting appropriate organizational methods and strategies
  • Collaborating with upper management with the daily operations of the business
  • Instructing and supervising personnel and activities
  • Selecting, hiring and instructing laborers and subcontractors
  • Complying with company requirements and other regulations
  • Helping colleagues and management with administrative tasks
  • Having a general understanding of corporate accounting activities
  • Preparing and executing marketing activities

Students in Rosedale Tech’s Applied Business Management program have the opportunity to earn an Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Applied Business Management upon completion of the program.

Courses may also be taken on an individual basis. A certificate can be awarded upon completion of an individual class.

Students who complete the associate degree program will be geared for entry-level management positions in areas like:

  • Retail Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Shop Floor Supervisor
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Sales Associate
  • Field Service Manager
  • Food Chain Manager/Assistant
  • Hotel Assistant Manager
  • Job Recruiter
  • Accounting
  • Customer Relations
  • Marketing Representative
  • Buyer or Purchasing Agent
  • Construction Manager
  • Entrepreneur

If you would like to learn more about Rosedale Tech’s Applied Business Management program, give us a call at (412) 521-6200 or visit

Rosedale Tech is Proud to Recognize Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Rosedale Tech is proud to recognize some of the prominent African American figures in the STEM related fields throughout history. Here is a list of some figures we’d like to recognize:

Charles Richard Patterson: Charles Richard Patterson was the founder of C.R. Patterson & Sons, a carriage building firm and the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer. Patterson was born into slavery in April 1833 on a plantation in Virginia. He later escaped slavery in 1861 and headed west, setline in Greenfield, Ohio around 1862.

Charles Richard PattersonWhile in Ohio, Patterson went to work as a blacksmith for the carriage-building business, Dines and Simpson. Patterson went into partnership with J.P. Lowe, another Greenfield-based carriage manufacturer. Over the next twenty years, Patterson and Lowe developed a highly successful carriage-building business. In 1893 Patterson bought out J.P. Lowe’s share of the business and reorganized it as C.R. Patterson & Sons Company. The company built 28 types of horse-drawn vehicles and employed approximately 10-15 individuals. While the company managed to find success selling carriages and buggies, the dawn of the automobile was quickly approaching. In 1910, Patterson died, leaving the company to his son Frederick. In his new role, Frederick decided to change gears from manufacturing buggies to automobiles. In 1915, the first Patterson-Greenfield car debuted, selling for $850. The car had a four-cylinder Continental engine and was comparable to the contemporary Ford Model T. Historians estimate that approximately 150 Patterson-Greenfield cars were produced.

Lewis H. LattimerLewis H. Latimer: Lewis H. Latimer was an African American renaissance man who in the late 19th century helped not only invent the lightbulb, but also create the electric industry as we know it today. While it’s true that Thomas Edison is credited for inventing and patenting the light bulb and the first electric light power station, he would not have gotten to that point without the help of Latimer, who literally wrote the book on both, titled Incandescent Electric Lighting: A Practical Description of the Edison System. Prior to working with Edison, Latimer had already been involved in a major invention, having helped Alexander Graham Bell patent the telephone in 1876. In 1880, Latimer began working for the United States Electric Lighting Company, which was run by Edison’s rival Hiram S. Maxim.

Latimer had no formal training in science, but believed technology and innovation could help advance the plight of African Americans still reeling from slavery.

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman: Bessie Coleman was the first woman of African American descent, and the first Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas to a family of sharecroppers. While working in the cotton fields at a young age, Coleman also attended a small segregated school. She furthered her education and attended one term of college at Langston University. She developed an interest in flying at an early age, but was unable to pursue her dream right away because neither African Americans nor women had the opportunity to attend flight school in the United States. After saving up her money, Coleman headed to France in 1920 to earn her pilot license. Upon earning her license, Coleman became a successful air show stunt pilot in the United States. In 1926, she died in a plane crash while testing her new aircraft.

Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones: Anytime you see a refrigeration truck on the highway, you’re seeing the work of Frederick McKinley Jones. As one of the most prolific African American inventors ever, Jones patented more than 60 inventions in his lifetime. Over 40 of those patents were in the field of refrigeration, but he is most famous for inventing an automatic refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars. Before Jones’ invention, the only way to keep food cold in trucks was to load them with ice. After speaking with a truck driver who lost his whole cargo of chicken, Jones was inspired to develop his roof-mounted cooling system to ensure food stayed fresh in transport.