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Trade schools have a long history in North America. There are many people who have benefited from trade school while many others have stories of exaggeration, betrayal, disappointment and outright lies. Trade schools in the US are not heavily regulated by the government and while the vast majority of schools are legitimate, there are many that are only interested in filling out their bottom line and who treat students and even faculty like cattle to be run through the mill. Thankfully, this is changing with some more stringent regulation in recent years; however, there is still a ways to go.

Trade school world is aware of the duplicitous nature of trade schools. The seedy side of the trade school world is unfortunate. We have argued in the trade up, our blog, that all higher education, to one degree or another, works by taking students' money first then worrying about their career sometime later. If at all. Unlike many trade schools, few universities promise students that they will find jobs; in fact, in many programs (we're talking about you, History, English, Philosophy, etc!) the question is never once considered by professors or faculty advisors. "You can't get a degree without paying money; and we do not guarantee that your degree will mean anything to anyone in the workforce or elsewhere." Trade schools leave themselves open to verbal abuse and lawsuits because the industry demonstrates care about students' careers.

Of course, none of that justifies deliberate deception by unscrupulous trade schools. No one condones that and we have removed schools from our database that have been shown to be unscrupulous.

Trade school vs. more "legitimate" higher learning

Universities and colleges never make promises that you will find a job in the career of your choice. They are legitimised by the culture and by people's me-too attitude. But when people graduate from college or university and they're in the percentage of people who can't find work, they never blame the college or university. It's because unemployment is high or because there are simply not enough jobs.

So why do jobless graduates of trade schools take recourse, turn around and point fingers at the trade school for not getting them a job to pay off their loans? There are reasons, of course. (We've mentioned lying. We haven't mentioned school loan scams. But university students acquire student loan debt, too). Is there simply a fundamental, persistent perception that trade schools are simply not as legitimate as universities and colleges? We're suggesting "maybe." In any case...

At Trade School World, we encourage you to proceed with caution. Go right ahead and investigate as many trade schools as you want to - by all means! But when it comes time to put your money on the table, be sure that you are making the right decision and that you are investing your tuition wisely.

We wish you the best of luck as you search our trade school listings for schools teaching the trade of your choice.

We have also posted more thoughts on this subject:
Trade school vs. university

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