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Is it possible to attend trade school and college?

I want to get culinary arts or esthetician licenses but still attend college

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Ross’s Answer

Some junior colleges offer a curriculum pathway that allow you to pursue education in automotive services, pre fire, PD, mortuary, HVAC, etc. I have toured the facilities at NTCC in Mt Pleasant, Tx and they have an excellent set up.
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Kathryn’s Answer

Hello Nusrat,

It may be possible to attend two programs, but it depends on the requirements of the program. Some programs require that you not attend other schools at the same time depending on how time-intensive it is. Another thought is that if you are using Federal Financial Student Aid, you are only permitted to receiving federal funding through one institution as a time. It's important to conduct thorough research on your options. Hope this helps.
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Mauricio Cisneiros’s Answer

The short answer is YES, it is totally possible to attend both college and trade school. I have been to both but not at the same time. Having said that, there are a couple of things one should think about before going that route. The first one is that they represent different educational and professional paths in one's life. Trade schools for example, will allow you to get a certificate and a job in the related field fairly quickly (anywhere from 8 to 18 months), but it might take a long time for you to start making good money and usually that will only happen when you actually get to the point where you can start your own business. When I got my air conditioning certificate at a trade school 10 years ago for example, the jobs offered to us recently graduated students paid anywhere from $10/hour to $15/hour and it would take about 2 to 3 years in the job to get up to about $20/hour to $25/hour. When it comes to college, if you're getting a degree in something that is on demand such as IT Security, any engineering or medical related, it will of course take you 4 to 6 years or more to graduate but your salary right off the bet will be way above what you would make if working as a tradesperson, at least twice as much. As you can see, you need to decide exactly what educational and career paths are better for you.

In my opinion I would not pick both because they both require a lot of studying and it will most likely be really tough to spend a year or more completely immersed in school assignments, classes and exams. i would personally not go that route.
Finally, no matter what you decide, always look to get education in something you're going to like to do instead of something that will pay you a lot of money. You will most likely do just fine financially if you follow a career path in a field that excites you.
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Job’s Answer

Yes, but you may be wasting time and money. Let's say you go to trade school and become a welder. You will be very busy with the trade school and really don't have adequate time to devote to college you may not succeed at either.
Once you graduate trade school you will want to go to work to improve your skills and you are getting paid good money. Once you have your trade under control then go to college.
I have a law license and an MBA in finance. I was a mechanic through college and owned a shop during law school. The trade got me through it. I make a substantial income now.
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