Weighing the Advantages of Technical Colleges

High school graduations are quickly approaching. Final semesters are upon us for secondary and postsecondary schools and life decisions are about to be made. Therefore, the time to consider all of your options is now. In this week’s blog article we are going to dive into weighing the advantages of technical colleges.

With more and more young people completing postsecondary studies, data has proven that successfully entering an inflating professional job market is growing more difficult with each graduating class. Learning “by the books” is not conducive to the learning styles of roughly 35% of our population (Lake Superior State University, 2017). And some young adults see the value in getting to work as soon as they can rather than waiting to declare a major after two years of college.

That is why we have compiled 3 of the top advantages for choosing the technical and career training route. At IBT in Santa Clara, California, we understand this exciting yet difficult decision and hope to shed light on the opportunities awaiting you.

Hands-on Learning

If you have read any of our past blog posts, you would have seen us use this statement before. That is because it is something we value here at IBT. Jobs and the technology required to complete them are evolving quickly and we know we must prepare our students for just that. Therefore, it is crucial that our balance of theoretical and practical prepare students for entry-level positions in their chosen field and the certifications necessary to get there.

“Learning is not a spectator sport,” writes Michael Li in his article entitled The 3 Things That Make Technical Training Worthwhile. “A recent study by researchers from Bucknell University found active learners perform better than their passive peers in mechanical and electrical engineering.”

Smaller Class Size

Due to the amount of hands-on learning students experience and the professional instructors and technical services involved, class sizes of most technical and career training institutes like IBT are smaller and more intimate. This allows for more attention to be given to each student, whether it’s to explain how to approach a difficult patient or actually dealing with them in real life situations.

Students do not find themselves just one of hundreds enrolled in a lecture course,” states an article entitled The 5 Advantages of a Technical College Education.


Michael Li called it “breathing room.” The latter article called it “adaptability.” For us, both terms and their authors’ definitions can be categorized by the term “flexibility.” Technical and career training institutes offer the flexibility – whether it be time, space or even a re-do – for students to complete their training at their pace and actually learn the content.

In Michael Li’s article, he writes that technical subjects “often have steep learning curves and require long uninterrupted periods of study to master.” Yet, when conducting a case study of one of their training sessions, he found that “employees who were temporarily relieved of their duties learned over twice as fast as those who were not.”

In other words, it is important in one’s learning to have some “breathing room.” And technical and career training institutes are more often those institutions that already enlist that kind of “adaptability.”

When deciding your future, we understand there are many factors that must be considered. Yet, for those of you that learn by doing (remember, that’s at least 35% of you) and want every day of your educational career to be truly your’s and meaningful, than technical and career training could be the right choice for you. Take our Career Training Readiness Quiz as well, to find out!

If you have any questions about when, why or how to start your training, do not hesitate to contact one of our dedicated admissions staff here today. And finally, follow us now on Facebook to see how you can start making a difference at IBT.