February is Career & Technical Education Month. JEVS Human Services’ flagship program, Orleans Technical College, is considered a Career & Technical school because it is focused on teaching real-world job skills that prepare adults for employment opportunities in growing careers.

People come to Orleans Tech for a number of reasons. For one, Orleans delivers results. Another is that JEVS has been operating the school—serving the Greater Philadelphia region—for over 45 years. Hundreds of students will walk through our doors this year pursuing post-secondary education so that they can get ahead, support their families, and earn a credential that will make them very marketable in the building and construction trades workforce.


Here are seven reasons to consider career and technical education at JEVS’ Orleans Technical College:

1. Job placement

Orleans Tech has a great track record of assisting students to begin their careers. In fact, this is a main component of each training program. Employment specialists work one-on-one with each student to ascertain his/her strengths, put together a résumé that highlights training and skills, then match the student with a local employer offering job openings. Each month, company presidents and HR managers contact Orleans looking for qualified students to come join their teams. This provides an excellent advantage to our students.

2. Learn by doing

Aristotle said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Students are taught practical, hands-on skills that are essential for the jobs they want. They get right in there–and get dirty!–experiencing first-hand how to accomplish a task or technique. Instructors teach students the tricks of the trade and how to use their tools and equipment properly. This gives Orleans students a head start in the workforce, because they’ll know WHY and HOW to get a job done. They leave the classroom with the confidence and readiness to jump straight into the workforce.

3. Industry-experienced instructors

Trade school teachers are teaching theory and going through content in the textbook. True. But, their experiences working in the field become invaluable to students’ classroom lessons. (Safely set up at this point per COVID guidelines). Orleans Tech’s instructors bring knowledge and skills from learning on the job. They share their successes and talk to students about how things get done in the real world. Nothing beats an instructor who is passionate about his or her craft (and enjoys sharing it with others).

4. Job demand

Orleans Tech is a vocational school that provides training in areas that are in high demand in the regional workforce. Orleans currently teaches five different courses in the building trades industry where job openings are due to increase by 4-8%  over the next decade. Wondering which of these trades might be best for you? Take our quick, fun quiz to see. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2020 Edition)

5. Cost

For the 2020-21 academic year, the average cost for one year of a college degree education (including tuition and fees) was estimated to be $11,171 at public institutions. This is comparable to the cost to complete a career training program at Orleans Tech. What a return on investment! With the concerns these days of keeping student loan debt low, a trades education may be a wise, and more affordable, choice for many. (Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

6. Time

An associate degree can take 2 years, a bachelor’s 4. Orleans offers 6-month programs of intense training. This quick turnaround is very doable for those whose current jobs or family obligations may prevent them from going to school for years on end. Plus, our CTE school offers training during the day or evening to accommodate life’s busy schedules!

7. Rolling admissions

Unlike traditional academic calendars with classes starting in September and January, every month Orleans Tech is starting a new class. This means that applications are accepted and reviewed all year long. Admissions and financial services representatives work with each student individually to help them navigate the enrollment and financial aid processes so that they can focus on starting their training sooner rather than later.

Learn more about Orleans Tech’s career and technical education in this video:

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