For many students, going to a four-year college may seem like an automatic choice after graduating from high school online in Arizona. But, increasingly high costs, length of schooling, and unknown job security are leading more and more students to pursue the route of trade school, also known as a technical or vocational school. Hope High School Online is partnered with West-MEC career training school to offer Arizona online school students an opportunity to train for a vocational career during their high school education.
Advantages of Trade School and Drawbacks to College Education
Length: Four (or more) years vs. Two years
Completing a bachelor’s degree program takes an average of four years. Trade school is a more streamlined approach to education, developing a specific skill set for a career rather than receiving a more generalized bachelor’s degree. Trade schools typically take much less time to complete, offer smaller class sizes, and the majority of training is hands-on.
Price of Education
The difference in the cost of attending a university versus attending a trade school is substantial. The costs of universities can range from around $40,000 to $100,000 a year. With financial assistance, factoring in interest rates dramatically increases the cost of university. On average, trade school certificates can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000. But, as a high school online student in Arizona at Hope High School Online, you may be able to receive a trade school education for free, plus graduate from high school equipped to launch your career! Reach out to West-MEC for more information HERE.
Although students with a four-year degree are considered to have more job security, the demand for skilled workers with trade school training is growing. Older generations have been the skilled trade workers for so long, and younger generations are now able to move forward to fill their shoes as they enter retirement.
Whether a student chooses to pursue a college education or attend a trade school after high school online in Arizona, Hope High School Online can help students prepare for the future they want. Reach out to Hope High School Online’s academic coaches to learn more about the incredible student support available at HHSO that meets student’s needs to prepare for a successful future.
Our Free Online School in Arizona Helps Student’s Start Training for a Career
One of the numerous benefits of attending our free online school in Arizona is the flexibility to work towards a profession while finishing classes for graduation. Ask your Hope High School Online Academic Coach about the career and technical programs West-MEC has available, and start training for a career before high school graduation. Visit West-MEC HERE to read more about the opportunities and support available to students attending Arizona online school.
If you are still researching your options for an accredited, free Arizona online school, download the Hope High School Online info kit HERE, e-mail us HERE, send us a text at 602-663-8496, or give us a call at 602-674-5555. We offer an award-winning curriculum, a safe environment, we support students and families, and our students succeed! Find out more HERE!