Can I get a degree online or from a trade school?

Hi,

I am really interested in this career of electrical engineering. I am wondering if this career is alright to take in a trade school. I would get my associate's first from ITT Tech and then I've researched it that it's better to have a bachelor's in this field. So I would get that also at ITT tech.

Also, is this field better to take online or in class? Because I now nothing of it and I plan on putting my full effort into dedicating myself to it, but I need to work a full time job so online is all I'm able to do right now.
posted by Mayra , Oregon on December 15, 2013

Answer by Dr Andrea Armani

This is a really good question, and it highlights a larger issue which needs to be discussed at a national level.  Namely - what role can online courses play in post-high school education, without decreasing the quality of the education.  For example, a freshman-level college math course could be taken online with minimal impact in educational benefit.  However, a senior-level engineering design course would be very different, simply because a design course involves lab work, which is not possible to replicate in a virtual environment. One of the main criteria that employers look for when hiring someone with a BS in engineering is hands-on or practical experience.  Therefore, someone whose degree was entirely online would be at a severe disadvantage after graduation.

This leads us back to your question: online vs. in class.  The answer - both.  It truly depends on the specific class.

I hope this helps and good luck!