Information for Career Advisors
College vs. Apprenticeship
Minimum Entrance Requirements
College – Entrance requirements vary from college to college and from degree to degree.
Apprenticeship – Entrance requirements vary from program to program and from occupation to occupation. Most apprenticeships do require a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, algebra skills, and writing skills. All apprenticeship programs require a willingness to learn and the motivation to advance.
College – Education obtained during a college program can be applied towards an advanced degree.
Apprenticeship – Education obtained during an apprenticeship program can be applied towards an advanced degree. Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, individuals can apply their education towards an Associate, Bachelors, or even a Masters degree.
College – On average, it takes between 2 and 6 years to complete a college degree, depending on the course of study.
Apprenticeship – On average, it takes between 2 and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship program, depending on the occupation.
Future Employment Opportunities
College – Future employment opportunities vary depending on the area of study and the current economic climate. Most college graduates enter their fields at an entry level and advance with experience.
Apprenticeship – Future employment opportunities vary depending on the occupation and the current economic climate. Apprenticeship graduates enter their fields at a journey worker level and can advance into management, design, and ownership.
College – On average, annual in-state tuition and fees are over $7,000.
Apprenticeship – Individuals earn a living wage during their apprenticeship. Annual classroom tuition is less than $1,000 and often paid for by the company training the apprentice.
How To Help Students Decide
- Help your students get involved with a Construction Career day.
- Contact your local training centers or community colleges for more information.
- Check our event calendar for public events near you.
- Get them involved in a Trade Skills Fundamentals class at your local community college.
- Contact a pre-apprenticeship program in your area. Check the Trade Locator page.
- Find an apprenticeship program in the student’s area of interest.
- Give them a call and ask a lot of questions.
- Your interest is always welcome.