USI-SCHOOLS.ORG: Engineering Technician Educational Advancement

It is no secret that the U.S. educational system, while admired by many, has more than its fair share of failures. There are many different paths to an unsuccessful educational outcome. One starts with inadequate schools, underfunding, and deficient teachers. Another begins with poverty, neglect, and socio-economic factors that conspire to rob many students of their full potential.

Most parents want their children to attend college, and preferably receive post-graduate education as well. Students who have received good middle school and high school education are much more likely to go on to college, while many other students drop out before graduating high school. No one thinks there are easy answers for these problems, and many approaches should be evaluated to achieve long-term improvement. The question is what resources are available today to give failing students and drop-outs a second chance at the American dream?

One answer is technical education. There is a continual need in this country for engineers and technicians to service and repair all the wonderful machines, appliances and gadgets on which we all depend. Through Internet-based advances in technical education, many individuals have an economical and time-efficient means to bootstrap their education and reverse earlier failures. Often, the first step is acquiring a high-school equivalency diploma. Many educational systems throughout the country offer online course work to prepare students for the equivalency exam, and there are several fine curriculum books that provide the necessary training.

As necessary as a high school diploma is, it is hardly sufficient to get a good job in today's marketplace. This is why an individual must honestly assess his/her own interests and potential. Some technical careers do not require a college degree, but do require proper training and often licensing. Licensed practical nurses often require only one year of training, and there are many schools that allow part of that training to be received over the Internet.

There are many such examples; the appropriate choice depends on a student's aptitude and skill set. Individuals with good eye-hand coordination often learn to repair appliances, timepieces, cell phones, etc. The explosion in functionality provided by such devices as the Apple ITouch has created a demand for individuals trained at, for example, ITouch repair. Squads of "geeks" are sought out to help fill the demand for computer repair and hookup. There are online-based certificate programs as well as brick-and-mortar institutes that help students receive the necessary training and certification needed for these technical and engineering jobs. Thus, while not a panacea, technical education serves a vital function in providing alternatives to match the needs of a wide variety of individuals.