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Tech school or no Tech school?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bassist4ever, Mar 30, 2004.


To stay in webdesign or not

Poll closed Apr 9, 2004.
  1. Yes, stay and learn web.

    5 vote(s)
    55.6%
  2. No, Go back to your home school.

    3 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. Who cares, carrots bring knowledge.

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  1. Well it has come to my attention that what I am doing in my tech school will have no bearing on my credits for college, which was the only reason why I enrolled in this tech school. So should I stay here and maybe actually apply myself some or drop out and go take some blow off courses at my homeschool?

    Senior year btw.
     
  2. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    Stay home and play bass! You know it makes sense...

    Unless you want to do web design, in which case, stay there. Anyway these days all the money's to be had from computers and suchforth... ;)
     
  3. I am currently enrolled in a Tech school (Warren Tech in Lakewood,Colorado). I take Multimedia/web design and its a really good program. If you really are considering having a job in web design, I'd say stay in, you can still finish it after you graduate (well atleast at my school you can).
     
  4. grovest

    grovest

    Feb 26, 2002
    Oregon
    Interesting question. I think the answer really depends on where you see yourself working in the future. If you want to become an elite web-design guru and you can do that with your own study and the tech school, I would say stay in the tech school. If you see yourself doing mostly freelance work or work for a smaller creative company I say stay with the tech school. If it is possible that in the future you won't be doing work in the focus of your tech program than you should give more consideration to getting a more traditional degree.

    Just my .02$
     
  5. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    What's a tech school, anyways?
     
  6. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    It's a school that teaches technology (business or other type), trades, and sometimes entry engineering. You usually earn an Associates degree or some sort of graduation certificate. (though some, such as ITT Tech, offer Bachelors) The curriculum is pretty stream line and focused, so it doesn't have a bunch of core courses that you must take like you must in a traditional undergraduate school. Good schools if you want to take up more of a trade or specialization. Though it is a good idea to make sure they are acredited institutions in case you want to go further with your education.
     
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I was listening to a highly respected entrepreneur not long ago and he was telling the show host that his advice to high school students these days is to get into a GOOD tech school and keep up with the technology after they graduate...(most companies pay their tech people to do this anyway).

    I'm not saying he is totally right or wrong. But having gone through a traditional university education in the US, too many of my former classmates have been bounced on their butts out of companies that are dounsizing/outsourcing.

    Technology is still one area where the US still kicks ass.
     
  8. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    Interesting points, Rickbass. And I would have to say I agree with him on the issue. I really don't know if companies value a 4 year degree anymore over a 2 year degree. You'll probaly get a more rounded education with the 4 year degree, but many companies are looking for "specialist" when it comes to tech. I also think they are more concerned with your experience, and how familiar you are with the technology. I know many guys who work in the IT field with nothing more than certifications. The education is great, but with tech, you are not done learning after school. If you quit, you will be passed by, much like the alumni you mentioned.
     
  9. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Liquid - One thing I never understood was.......whay don't they make business majors take courses in how to play 18 holes of golf well ? :confused:

    That will get one further in business than what goes on in the office, IME.
     
  10. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    LOL, I don't know Rick; I remember watching The Apprentice sometime ago, and one of the ladies on there was talking about making business deals while playing golf.

    I could never do that...........then again, kissing ass isn't my style.
     
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Seriously, I think more deals are cut in elevators after meetings than in meeting rooms.