Overview of Technologies Taught in Adult Schools

Learn what types of technology programs are offered through adult education programs and schools. Find out about some careers these programs can lead to.

Preview some common course offerings for adult technology programs. Learn about availability, delivery format, and time requirements involved in this type of education.

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Program Information

There are a variety of technical trades programs offered at adult education schools. These programs are designed to train students for new careers or to provide classes that will enhance their current careers. Some technology programs prepare adult students for professional licensure or certification exams. Due to the hands-on nature of most of these careers, online learning is hard to find.

A few examples of technical programs offered to adult students include automotive technology, welding technology, dental assisting, computer technology, carpentry, graphics technology, HVAC, and licensed practical nursing. Certain high schools may also offer programs like these, allowing students to start their education early. More information is offered below.

Programs At a Glance

Welding Technology

  • Individual courses in welding technology can be taken on campus.
  • Program length varies by course, with most lasting between 4 and 9 months.

Auto Technology

  • Basic and advanced auto technology courses are available on campus.
  • These programs take roughly 150 hours to complete.

Dental Assistant

  • Dental assistant courses will take 144 hours of training to complete.
  • Students must complete these courses on campus.

Carpentry, Graphics Technology, HVAC Technology

  • These course programs last 12 credits.
  • On-campus attendance is required.

How These Programs Work

Adult education schools are often part of state and local public school systems and exist to offer adults the opportunity to learn about career-focused technologies. In some instances, these schools do not require adult students to have previous experience in the area they want to study. Courses are held during the day and in the evenings or weekends to accommodate working adults, though not typically online. Hands-on training is often a central part to all technical courses. Some technology programs require apprenticeships, which can give students opportunities to learn while getting paid. These programs can take from a few weeks to one year to complete depending on the subject matter.

Career Options

Technology programs are designed to give adult students the career skills they need to work in many industries. Some career options include network administrator, security director, computer programmer, database administrator, spreadsheet manager, and nurse.

There are many technical programs adult learners can pursue, both as standalone courses or as part of a larger program designed to advance their learning. Some common fields include welding technology, auto technology, dental assisting, carpentry, graphics technology, and HVAC technology.


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