Rosedale Technical College hosts careers fairs twice a year at its growing Pittsburgh campus. This spring, Rosedale Tech welcomed a total of 88 employers looking to hire trained technicians in automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), industrial technician, truck driving and welding.
Women’s Interests Increase in the Trades
This week, Rosedale Technical College and several students and staff members were featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article as well as a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article that explored the increase of female students in trade schools. While positions such as auto and diesel mechanics, electrical technology technicians, or HVAC and welding technicians have traditionally been male-dominated (as of 2013, women hold just 1.8 percent of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics, according to this report), in the past few years, women are entering the trades in greater numbers.
Rosedale Technical College recently hosted 48 high school students from career training centers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for this year’s SkillsUSA District 8 Regional Competition.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that partners with over 300,000 students, teachers and industry workers annually to serve as an advocate for specialized career training to ensure America has a skilled workforce for the future. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.
As part of the competition, students participated in hands-on skills tests in areas of automotive, diesel, electrical, HVAC and welding. In addition, they also competed in a series of soft skills assessments.
Students who won their test categories during the competition have earned a berth to the state competition, which will take place April 13-15 in central Pennsylvania in Lebanon and Hershey to compete with students from eastern and central Pennsylvania.
Rosedale Technical College recently attended the 53rd Annual World of Wheels show in Pittsburgh, PA. During the three-day event, guests from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia had the opportunity to view some of America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles.
Guests in attendance at World of Wheels stopped by Rosedale Technical College’s booth to see the wrapped 53’ tractor trailer utilized by the school’s 10-week CDL truck driving program. In addition, spectators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia had the opportunity to see a preview of Rosedale Technical College’s Super Nova project, student and instructor-led project that rebuilt a 1969 Chevy Nova with a 2005 Pontiac GTO performance system. This was the first time the Super Nova had appeared at World of Wheels.
A representative from Rosedale Technical College’s admissions team was available throughout the World of Wheels show to answer any questions about the school’s hands-on associate’s degree and certificate programs in automotive, diesel, collision repair, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, truck driving and welding.
Many of Rosedale Technical College’s alumni visited the booth and signed up to receive more information about the upcoming Alumni Social event taking place at the school’s Pittsburgh facility.
Do you Have the Job-Ready Skills?
Vocational training gets a lot of attention in high schools, but not enough people know that training for trade jobs goes far beyond that. The trades offer a stable career path for well-paying manufacturing jobs around the country.