Has anyone here completed a WEU degree program?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by ElectricWaffle0, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    I'll take your word on the BA for auto mechanics and electricians.

    Regarding whether or not going to a big name university is worth it or not, it depends on the name AND what you plan on doing afterwards. There are a handful of schools that are direct pipelines to the major investment banks. If you do not go there, it will be VERY difficult to get an entry level position at one of those investment banks. On the other hand, there are about 2,870 4 year institutions in the US. My bet is that a degree from one of the big 3 (particularly TESC or COSC, I hate the name Excelsior) is at least as valuable as 2,000+ of them.
  2. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Where I live, aspiring automotive technicians tend to go to for-profit vo-tech schools that charge $15k-20k per year or community colleges. They can either complete an undergraduate certificate or an associate's degree. I had a student in my CJ program who completed an undergraduate certificate in automotive technology at a CC, but found that the pay was really low. He said that the shops paid more (around $15 an hour) if one has an associate's degree. We live in a low COL area, but that's kind of low. If he would to get into shape and take care of his warrants, he could probably get into the San Antonio Police Department. They don't require any college education (a few of the other big cities in Texas do), and most of their officers are making $50k straight out of the academy. You have to be 20.5 years old to get into an academy, though.

    I guess the whole apprenticeship thing works well if you live in a state with strong unions. Apprenticeships are not easy to find where I live, so again, most aspiring electricians start out at expensive for-profit schools or community colleges. IIRC, in Texas, it takes 4 years or so to become a journeyman.The apprenticeships tend to pay a little more than minimum wage. Once you become a journeyman, however, the pay is not bad. You still won't get paid as much as a high school teacher, but you won't be far behind. People mistakenly believe that just because they are paying an electrician or plumber $100 an hour that that person is pocketing that whole $100 an hour. That is not true.
  3. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (BLS)

    Median Pay, 2012: $36,610 per year, $17.60 per hour
    Number of Jobs, 2012: 701,100
    Job Outlook, 2012-22: 9% growth (As fast as average)

    From the "How to Become One" tab: "high school graduates often need further training to become fully qualified. Completing a vocational or other postsecondary training program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. […] Various automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor associate’s degree programs."
  4. GeneralSnus

    GeneralSnus Member

    1. Billionaire ≠ CEO
    2. Do you have any actual statistics on the educational attainment of billionaire CEOs?
  5. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    When did I mention the specific classification of "Billionaire CEO"?

    Out of roughly 1700 Billionaires, there will be CEO's and people who aren't CEO's. That's beside the larger point.

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