Trade school student benefits from ‘earn while you learn’ program
Colonial Webb Contractors HVAC service apprentice Brady Woodel discusses his trade school experience on ‘Varney & Co.’
While it seems like the whole country is debating student loans, debt forgiveness and the value of a college education, I’m reminded of how thankful I am for my own choices and career path.
When I graduated from high school, I planned on getting a college degree just like so many of my friends. Looking at the cost of schools, I decided to enroll in a local community college and then take the next step toward a four-year degree. Two years later, I got my associate degree, but the more I looked ahead, the more I realized that I didn’t want to have a ton of debt in my 20s.
I thought of my dad, who built a successful career in the skilled trades. During my summer breaks he taught me the ins and outs of HVAC systems. It made me realize hands-on construction skills will always be in high demand.
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So, I switched gears and enrolled in an apprenticeship program—and I never looked back. Today, I am a fourth-year HVAC service apprentice taking craft courses at Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia while working for Colonial Webb Contractors in Richmond, Virginia.