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Advantages of Attending an Auto Mechanic School

Aug 17, 2007
You may have thought of attending an auto mechanic school, but are uncertain as to whether it is really the right choice for you. There are many advantages to getting your degree from a school that specializes in vocational programs, such as automotive programs. Read on to see a list of why an auto mechanic school may be the best choice for you.

Shorter degree program
An auto mechanic school will have a shorter, more streamlined degree program. Because it often takes two years or less to get your automotive associate's degree, you will be in school for less time than if you attend a traditional four-year college.

No core classes or general education requirements
Everybody hates taking classes they don't want to take, but taking classes they don't need seems downright pointless. Although four-year colleges abound with core classes and general education requirements, usually English, math, and a foreign language, regardless of what you major actually is. An auto mechanic school will only require you to take classes that directly relate to your automotive degree.

Knowledgeable, experienced teachers
Most automotive schools hire only teachers who have an automotive degree and/or real experience in the field. In a traditional four-year college, you typically get teachers who majored in teaching, not in the subject they are teaching. Attending an auto mechanic school ensures that you will be taught by teachers who really know the business.

The freedom to do what you're best at
Not every student performs well in a bookish environment. There is nothing wrong with being better with your hands than you are at reading, writing, and arithmetic. Attending an automotive school enables you to follow your true talents, rather than trying to mold yourself into someone else's view of an educated adult.

More manageable expense
Because an auto mechanic school generally features shorter programs than a traditional four-year college, you are likely to see a reduction in your out-of-pocket expenses. In addition to tuition, four-year colleges carry with them other costs, such as textbooks, on-campus living costs, and many other various expenses. Most automotive schools include everything in the price, simplifying your financial planning and reducing the expenses you must plan for while you are a student.

Greater availability of internships
Internships are one of the best ways to break into a field. With an internship, you get valuable on the job training and experience before you graduate, putting you head and shoulders above your classmates on graduation day. Most automotive schools have greater availability of internships, because they maintain ongoing working relationships with local automotive shops, garages, and dealerships.

More immediate entry into your career
Because automotive schools offer shorter programs, you can complete your education and launch your career more quickly. In a traditional college, you are tied up in classes for four or five years, and that is if you can afford to go to school full time. An education from an auto mechanic school will let you get in, get out, and start getting paid in your chosen career.

As valuable as an education from a traditional four-year college may be, vocational schools such as those specializing in automotive programs recognize that every career is different in its requirements, just as every student is different in their needs and abilities. Not every student is cut out for a four-year degree. Likewise, not every career requires a lengthy degree, and the programs at an auto mechanic school are designed to recognize these differences and meet the unique needs of the field.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for VC Tech, The Automotive School. VC Tech is a world-class auto mechanic school offering many exciting automotive programs. Please visit http://www.vctechnical.com to learn more.
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