If you’re looking for a place to gain the career and technical skills needed for a job in this highly competitive and technology-driven job market, look no further than Greater Reading. With 12 industries making up 97% of the city’s GDP, you’ll gain real world experience working hand-in-hand with industry experts at one of the accredited and acclaimed career and technical schools in Berks County.
In the past, academic colleges and universities were held up to be the only path to take if you wanted a career with a decent salary and growth opportunities, but that is not the case. Typical trade programs take two years or less to complete, give you on-the job-training, connections to people in the industry, and are easier on your wallet. Most of all, you are almost guaranteed a job after graduation in your chosen field of study. With that said, below are three great options for a solid technical education in Greater Reading.
Berks Technical Institute (BTI) is a small, accredited trade school for students who are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare, business, IT, legal services, or skilled trades in Pennsylvania. The campus is conveniently located in Wyomissing, PA near the Berkshire Mall. It’s a great choice if you prefer small class sizes and strong staff support both during your studies and after graduation. The school also boasts hands-on training and experience in addition to classes taught by industry-experienced instructors. Lastly, there are substantial support services including high school diploma assistance, affordable program options, and career guidance.
In the skilled trades, BTI currently offers a Commercial Driver’s License Training: Class A Tractor-Trailer program to prepare you for a successful career in commercial driving and transportation. The program covers defensive driving and accident prevention, maintenance procedures, trip planning, proper cargo handling, size and weight laws, and safety regulations. The program is 160 hours over 1-2 months.
If you are interested in a career in technology, you can earn an Associate’s degree in IT Support from BTI. The program is 92 credits over 18-20 months and you’ll receive hands-on training using equipment to build computers, plan networks and set up information security protocols as well as learn how to use computer applications, software, hardware, databases, and web services and skills in data mining, cybersecurity, and more.
The Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) was founded in 1968 and has a strong reputation for producing successful graduates and for its partnerships with businesses, local high schools, and post-secondary schools. BCTC operates two campuses in Berks County, one in Leesport and the other in Oley. It is a bigger school with more programs than BTI and each year accepts approximately 1,800 high school students wanting to earn college credits and work experience as well as 500 adults seeking job training in the trades. It is a good choice if you are a high schooler who wants to earn college credits or an adult seeking relevant career and technical skills for emerging technologies and the experience necessary for a specific business or industry.
You can choose from 38 career pathways across 7 career clusters including Business & Information Technology, Communications, Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing Technology, Healthcare, and Transportation. All of these programs will prepare you to earn nationally recognized industry certifications in order to compete in today’s highly competitive and evolving global job market. Average tuition is $15,130 plus the cost of books and supplies. There is financial assistance available. For more information, contact them here.
BTCT’s current programs offerings for the skilled trades are below:
Average tuition at RMCTC is $10,000 for a full-time adult and financial assistance is available. For more information, contact them here.
As an RMCTC student, you can choose from the following trade program clusters:
In addition, RMCTC has programs in Health Sciences (nursing, dental, sports med) and Personal Services (culinary arts, childcare, cosmetology).