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A four-year college degree
isn't for everyone.

Industrial Technology. Rewarding careers for young adults with mechanical and technical skills.

Many smart and enterprising young people find careers in industrial technology more satisfying and better suited to their talents and abilities.

Individuals like these tend to be students who:

  • Are restless in class
  • Prefer to learn by doing
  • Don't feel as though high school coursework is relevant or useful
  • Possesses an independent streak and like to work on their own
  • Are perceived as "rebels" — they want to do things "their way"
  • Respect people who are good at what they do, regardless of what it is.

Sound like your son or daughter?

Then a career in industrial technology may be an excellent way to go. It's one of the 10 fastest growth areas in the U.S. economy today and covers a broad range of mechanical and technical careers, including construction, cabinetry, CAD, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, green/sustainable building, solar, mechanical trades: auto, diesel, welding, and heavy equipment operation.

A career with long-term potential

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than 1,000,000 new industrial technology jobs will be needed by the year 2012 — particularly in the areas of green technologies — with much of the U.S. infrastructure aging, the baby boomers retiring, and the critical need to address global warming growing exponentially.

As a result, this is an area that offers lots of job security and career mobility for men and women. Every community in the country needs people with these skills — they are jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.

Photo of Woman Driving BackhoeTraining based on industry standards

Cabrillo College, the Santa Cruz County Regional Occupation Program, local high schools and union apprenticeship programs offer excellent and affordable training programs in various areas of industrial technology.

These programs give students the chance to learn from highly trained instructors using state-of-the-art equipment. Once the students complete this training (usually a two-year program), they have the skills and knowledge to earn the licenses and certifications they'll need to work in the field. Many of them even graduate with the appropriate credentialing. Which means they're ready to "hit the ground running" and start working the day they finish their studies. And they become financially independent sooner than if they went to a four-year university — without a lot of debt from student loans.

Many industrial technology professionals go on to own their own businesses — and end up earning more than their high school colleagues who went on to pursue "white collar" careers.

Best of all, they'll become experts in something that builds on their natural talents and abilities as well as their working styles — a career that will give them a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction.

If this sounds like the kind of opportunity you want for your son and daughter, find out more about the training options that are available locally at www.FutureInHands.net.