Kids are going back to school. Now what about you?

After graduating high school, many students look for jobs to start making money. Others have spent the summer getting ready to leave the nest and go to school away from home. On the other hand, there’s the community college path.

Another alternative is attending a technical or “career” school, a wise choice for teenagers not cut out for college or who cannot afford the tuition. Career schools also appeal to those who’ve been in the workforce for a little while and want to make a change for themselves and their families. 

JEVS Human Services has been operating such a school, Orleans Technical College, in Northeast Philadelphia since 1974. Here students spend time learning the “real-world” skills needed to enter the building trades field. At Orleans, students can take the first step in finding a career path, rather than moving from job to job or taking low-paying jobs that offer little or no upward mobility.  

The advantages of a career school are many. Instead of spending time and money sampling a variety of liberal arts or business courses while trying to discover the right major, students attending schools like Orleans gain practical training and take courses that are directly applicable to employment in the field. Therefore, students become qualified (or obtain the credentials) for a new career. 

For so many people, deciding to go on to higher education is a matter of timing and time commitment. Career schools often take less time to complete than a traditional 2- or 4-year program. In just six months, Orleans Technical College students receive hands-on training that involves quickly digging into various aspects of the building and constructions trades. When students complete their training, our on-site employment specialists work with them one-on-one, offering job search assistance and access to unadvertised positions with employment partners throughout the region. Upon graduation, they are skilled and well-rounded to immediately go to work–and succeed–in the field.

Orleans Tech is now enrolling for fall classes for full-time day and part-time evening courses. They will be holding a special “Back-to-School” open house on Saturday, September 10, 2016, to give individuals the opportunity to tour the school, learn more about enrollment, and ask questions pertaining to financial aid. Learn more and register here.

High-Paying, Fast-Growing Careers That Require Little Schooling

According to, the following trades taught at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College are among the top 11 careers that require only some post-secondary education.

Electrician…Median pay—$51,880…Job growth—14 percent

Plumber…Median pay—$50,620…Job growth—12 percent

HVAC Technician…Median pay—$45,110…Job growth—14 percent


* National salary and job growth data is taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to increase at a rate that’s above the average of seven percent for all occupations between 2014 and 2024. Salaries are based on estimates from May 2015.

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