If you’re about to leave or have been recently discharged from the military, you may be thinking about your next step. A career in the trades could provide the answer you’re looking for. Vista College offers the training you need to seek an entry-level position in various in-demand trades. You’ll also be able to complete your training in two years or less.

The Vista College Advantage

Vista College is a Military Friendly® school that can help current members of the armed forces, veterans, and their dependents pursue challenging career opportunities. We also support numerous military benefit programs such as the MGIB Montgomery GI Bill®, GoArmyEd, Yellow Ribbon, and the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service Program.

Our small class sizes allow for ample one-on-one interaction with our qualified and experienced instructors. Our Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico campuses are also accessible to military bases in the region. This makes attending classes convenient for current military members.

Our current trade Certificate, Diploma, and Degree program listings include:

Cosmetology Certificate of Proficiency — If you’re a creative individual who possesses a keen sense of style and beauty, a career in cosmetology could be for you. Our certificate program encompasses areas such as coloring and bleaching, hairstyling, facials, and treatments. In less than a year, you’ll be prepared to sit for and pass the Texas Cosmetology Exam.

HVAC Training Program — Have you ever considered putting your strong mechanical aptitude to good use in a career as a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician? By enrolling in our HVAC training program, you can develop skills that can help you seek an entry-level position installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC equipment.

Trades Management - HVAC Associate Degree — In addition to helping you learn essential HVAC technical skills, this Degree program will prepare you to seek a management role. In as little as 80 weeks, you’ll gain a solid understanding of valuable business and management concepts such as financial statement and break-even analysis. You’ll also learn how to deliver superior customer service.

Electrical Technician Diploma — If you’re interested in working with electricity, you’ll need to know how to read blueprints, connect circuits, and replace fuse boxes. This Diploma program enables you to master these and other related skills in as little as 40 weeks. Upon completion, you’ll be ready to seek an electrical mechanic apprenticeship role.

Trades Management - Electrical Technician Associates Degree — This 80-week program combines basic electrical mechanical instruction with management training. It’s ideally suited for anyone who wishes to pursue a management career in the trades. It’s also ideal for someone interested in establishing an electrical mechanical contracting business at some point.

Learn More About Your Educational and Career Opportunities in the Trades

If you’d like to learn more about how our training programs can help you transition to a new career in the trades, contact a Vista College Military Admissions Representative today!


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