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"Change your thoughts and you change your world." -Norman Vincent Peale
Trade skills workers are in demand. That's why we love stories like this one. We like to promote stories that tell us that we have options, that there is more than one "right" way to go, and that everyone's strengths and skills are valuable. Click on this photo and see how vocational training can compare to a college degree. You may be surprised.

We asked a Fort Wayne college student for his opinion on this topic. 

Creig Leu, 23, currently attends IPFW and is studying business, but he has a strong opinion when it comes to trade skills and the pressure put on students to go to college. 

"In my experience, college teaches you what to think, not how to think," he said. "Setting yourself apart is more important than having a degree." Leu used to work for J.L. Electric in sales and eventually did a pseudo internship with a salesperson connection. He found his passion there. "Networking is key," he said.

Leu went to Indiana Tech in 2012 on a track scholarship, but he left when he got injured, knowing he would lose his scholarship and the ability to stay out of debt. He transferred to IPFW for the lower tuition cost, but he's reconsidering his decision continue as a student. Leu, a straight-A student in high school, claims that post-high school students can be just as prosperous without a college degree.

"I'm tired of hearing if you don't go to college you won't be successful," he said. "It's drilled into kids' heads."

According to a blog post by Advanced Technology Institute earlier this year, there are several benefits to choosing trade school over college. Lower educational cost, job security, and less time required to complete job training are among those mentioned. "No amount of doctoral research is going to get your remodeled house wired for electricity, for example. We need people skilled in practical trades," the author points out.

College, of course, has many satisfactory payoffs and should not be discounted. However, a trade skill that may have been perceived as a secondary or inferior career choice could, in fact, be an untapped opportunity for success.
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