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!

 

 

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.

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!