It never fails.  As the Director of Admissions for North American Trade Schools, prospective students always ask me the same question,

“Why should I attend North American Trade School as opposed to some other school?”  My answer surprises most people.  It’s simple.  I don’t know.

Making the decision to continue your education is a life-changing event.  It ranks right up there with deciding to get married, buying a home, or having a child.  While all of these events  provide a sense of happiness and accomplishment, they also bring with them nervous anticipation and stress.

The school you ultimately choose should be a place that you feel comfortable. You should feel confident that everything is explained in a manner that allows you to make an informed decision about your education and your future.  I recommend to everyone who is considering enhancing their skills or continuing their education to do their research.  A school’s website will provide information about classes, costs, placement rates, financial aid availability, accreditation, etc. Some schools, including North American Trade Schools, include a live chat feature on the website that allows a prospective student the opportunity to discuss specific questions related to their own personal situation with a live admissions representative via the internet. School websites are a great place to start your research.

Once you have narrowed your search down to two or three schools that may fit your needs and goals, go visit those schools.

I can’t stress that enough.  Pick up the phone, call the school, make an appointment to go and take a look at the school and the course you are interested in.

After all, you wouldn’t buy a house without actually going out to look at it first.  A personal visit will tell you a lot about how the school operates.  Most likely, your visit will be conducted by someone from the admissions department.  Remember, admissions’ job is to enroll students.  How you are treated is a direct reflection of the school and it’s policies.  If you feel like you just walked into a used car dealership and all the admissions person wants to do is sell you something, run away.  Remember, what you are trying to do is to see if the school and the course is going to be a good fit for you.  You shouldn’t have to be convinced, or, sold on attending. Make sure you tour the facility.  The best time to visit is during class hours.  You don’t want to see an empty building.  Lastly, talk to a financial aid advisor if you know that you will need help paying for your education.

Once you have all of your questions answered and facts in hand, you can make a good decision about the school and your future.

So, if you have an interest in becoming a Diesel Mechanic, HVAC technician, Truck Driver, Motorcycle Technician, Welder, Construction Worker, Maintenance Mechanic, or an Electrician, do your research and go visit some schools.  If you want to know why you should choose North American Trade Schools over some other school, I don’t know.  Only you can answer that question.