A Time for Trade Schools

"Although college might be a road that some students enjoy, higher education is not an infallible route toward financial stability, nor is it the sole route toward a meaningful and profitable career." - Intellectual Takeout

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Bert Perry's picture

I am grateful for the college education I have, but there are a lot of people out there who either cannot afford it, or who really aren't cut out for classroom work.  Far better to get a trade where they can earn a living, and then perhaps choose to get more of a traditional academic education if they like.  

Plus, it's awful hard to outsource things like plumbing, driving a truck, and electrical work to China.  :^)

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Dave White's picture

Story of a seminary graduate: This is an absolutely true story (not in a Fargoian sense) (the name has been changed)!

  • Sam graduated from an unaccredited Bible college
  • Sam's college is now defunct (one of these (Clearwater CC, T Temple, Pillsbury, Northland University))
  • Sam attends seminary and graduates
  • Sam has no job (finds work as a security worker on the night shift making little more than minimum wage)
  • Sam has a friend who attended technical college and received certificate in HVAC
  • Sam's friend makes a living and provides for himself
  • Sam is sad
JD Miller's picture

I attended a missions conference with a fellow church planter who also works in HVAC.  The HVAC career has enabled him to be a bi vocational pastor.  I have a pre teen son with dyslexia who wants to be a plumber.  We were at a home show and he talked to many plumbers who had booths there and had numerous "job offers"  to be an apprentice once he was old enough.  A college education can provide a lot of opportunities, but it definitely is not the only route to consider. 

TylerR's picture


The military acted as a trade school for me in law enforcement/investigations/management, which is why I have the job I have now. 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?