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Homeschool Tech College
05.06.12 | chickensoup

Posted on 05/06/2012 5:04:09 PM PDT by Chickensoup

My son is in homeschool. He is an experiential kind of guy and is taking couses (some self taught) in tiling, heavy equipment and CDL. I may be able to graduate him as a two year senior with full CDL license.

There are a number of other courses I could have him take after highschool, from building post and beam homes, to basic plumbing and electricity, engine repair, to gunsmithing and others. many are available to adults and provided by the private sector.

I would love to be able to provide him with a post high school experiential program which would be tech college oriented and not particularly tied with any one program.

In order to stay my dependent I understand he needs to be in a college program or some sort. And if he remains my dependent I will have the monies via the deduction to send him to the programs.

Any ideas of experiential college programs with distance learning components? Affordable is a key word.


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My son is in homeschool. He is an experiential kind of guy and is taking couses (some self taught) in tiling, heavy equipment and CDL. I may be able to graduate him as a two year senior with full CDL license.

There are a number of other courses I could have him take after highschool, from building post and beam homes, to basic plumbing and electricity, engine repair, to gunsmithing and others. many are available to adults and provided by the private sector.

I would love to be able to provide him with a post high school experiential program which would be tech college oriented and not particularly tied with any one program.

In order to stay my dependent I understand he needs to be in a college program or some sort. And if he remains my dependent I will have the monies via the deduction to send him to the programs.

Any ideas of experiential college programs with distance learning components? Affordable is a key word.

1 posted on 05/06/2012 5:04:14 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup; metmom; wintertime; JenB

The homecshooling ping list will find this very interesting.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 5:05:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Chickensoup

Would you like to make more money? Sure, we all do!


3 posted on 05/06/2012 5:07:56 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Chickensoup

I would send him to a community college. That is what my friends and daughter did. Message me for additional info if you want.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 5:08:36 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’ll join the homeschool ping list please.


5 posted on 05/06/2012 5:09:38 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: Chickensoup

Search distance learning/blended learning classes at community colleges in your state. Less $$, and there are some good skills to be learned from people experienced in the trades. Some courses end up as capstone/internships.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 5:10:11 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Chickensoup

He might can get the book part of CDL online, but it takes real practice on the road to be able to pass the driving test. Not to mention the preinspection which is a detailed part naming of the entire vehicle.

Trade skills like electrical and carpentry also requires at least SOME hands on training.

My local community college offers degrees completely online with classroom testing, it’s not totally uncommon. I guess you could call online classes ‘homeschool’, but it’s not something new.

Seriously though, you need to make sure you have access to a commercial vehicle to practice in. Those turns are something that requires HOURS AND HOURS on the road. Not to mention parallel parking a tractor trailer.


7 posted on 05/06/2012 5:14:17 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

The Voc CDL program offers that. My interest is to find a college program, two year, that will accept experiential or other kinds of classsroom and work experience for credit.

So I could for example, send him to a local half year boatbuilding course held by a master craftsman, and have him earn credit and be a college student.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 5:18:35 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

I could send him to CC, but they dont have the kinds of apprentice crafts courses I am thinking of.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 5:20:06 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup; hiredhand

Hiredhand do ya have any words of wisdom for Chickensoup on this ?

Stay safe !


10 posted on 05/06/2012 5:24:14 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Chickensoup
If he wants to make good money, you should homeschool him in dentistry.

Sounds like you may have all the tools, a drill, hammer, pliers, vice grips and a chisel.

11 posted on 05/06/2012 5:26:33 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

Sounds like you may have all the tools, a drill, hammer, pliers, vice grips and a chisel.
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Funny. I just want to give him the opportunty to have some broad experiences and knowledge in his areas of interest. The boatbuilding was just an example.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 5:35:09 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Hm, I’d say that gunsmithing and engine repair would be a good combo.
Even better if you put machining in there too.

In that case he’d be able to fix all sorts of things; and good ‘fixers’ (mechanics, smiths, etc) are always in demand.


13 posted on 05/06/2012 5:39:46 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Every manufacturing company had people called “fixers”. Loom fixers, line fixers...


14 posted on 05/06/2012 5:44:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Well yes, but the point still stands; a good one will be in much demand (so long as that industry is viable).


15 posted on 05/06/2012 5:51:56 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Well yes, but the point still stands; a good one will be in much demand (so long as that industry is viable).
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agreed


16 posted on 05/06/2012 6:01:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Age requirements will probably limit his use of a CDL.
I tried several grads of CDL schools, as over the road
insurance coverage is several years above local. always
tried them out on off road hauls, kept about 1 out of 5
to advance to local hauls. This was for tri-axles, would
not even let them in dump trailer tractors until a couple
of years of no problems, some never.


17 posted on 05/06/2012 6:12:45 PM PDT by TweetEBird007
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To: TweetEBird007

agreed. The CDL is is just the beginning. It will be a useful ticket in what probably willl be a heavy equipment life.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 6:17:38 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Get him on track to be a Wire Line Operator in the oil and gas industry...those guys make top dollar


19 posted on 05/06/2012 6:24:53 PM PDT by spokeshave (If Obama is Lenin....who are Trotsky and Stalin...?)
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To: Chickensoup

I manage three programs at a community college in Indiana. They are advanced manufacturing, power plant operator, and electric line worker. Out of the last ten graduates in power plant operator, 9 have jobs paying over $50k. No grads yet for electric line worker. Should graduate 5 next year in electric line.

I also recommend welding. We offer a 2 year degree with multiple certifications from the American Welding Society.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 6:25:18 PM PDT by american_ranger
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To: Chickensoup

Get him on track to be a Wire Line Operator in the oil and gas industry...those guys make top dollar


21 posted on 05/06/2012 6:26:04 PM PDT by spokeshave (If Obama is Lenin....who are Trotsky and Stalin...?)
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To: Chickensoup

My cousin got his electrical contractor course almost the same way but it is 1 year of education, even in the evenings. There is always work. HVAC, plumbing, electrician courses with contractor exams afterwards are in high demand than say...Peace Studies or some other lib crap and useless diplomas.

However, the only distance-learning courses that I know of that should not be hands-on are web developer courses which pay good money.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 6:43:39 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Clintonfatigued

Florence-Darlington Technical College in South Carolina has a two-year robotics program that is being funded by DoD. It is offered completely on-line (or in-residence), and offers state-of-the-art training in the field. Additionally, the school offers articulation agreements with regionally-accredited on-line schools, so grads of the robotics programs can parlay credits from their A.S. degree into a bachelor’s at a partner school.

Here’s a link to their webpage describing the program:

http://www.nrtcenter.com/Training/GenTrainProg/RobManTechCertProg.asp


23 posted on 05/06/2012 7:17:18 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yes. Give him an Indian name and apply for full-throtle academic scholarship to Harvard. He can write his own ticket.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 7:35:49 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Chickensoup
I will share what my friend and her son decided to do. He's a natural electrician. He loves it. But he wants to have his own business. So she sent him to business school where he'll get a degree in business and also he works as an electrician. He got qualified as an electrician with classes and jobs he did while in homeschool.
25 posted on 05/06/2012 8:52:30 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Chickensoup

Have him join the Navy or Air Force, He will be tested for knowledge and aptitude and placed in a field where he will receive the best training available while he is receiving room and board and pay. He will also be earning money for a college scholarship.


26 posted on 05/06/2012 9:01:50 PM PDT by flyover
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To: Chickensoup

The best advice I ever received was “ don’t reinvent the wheel “.... Get your son a good career aptitude test and find out where his interest lie and get training in that feild. Other skills he can pick up as he wants to when he wants to. Having training where your interests lie is better than being trained in something you later realize you are really don’t like..—..


27 posted on 05/06/2012 9:06:43 PM PDT by djone
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To: Chickensoup

Can he help spell check your writing? /S

LOL


28 posted on 05/06/2012 9:30:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Chickensoup

I think that some community college or occupational center classwork would help you keep him classified as a dependent, but, when my homeschooled son was 14 he started in an apprenticeship type situation.

He worked (for very little money) and gathered actual world experience. We found his “employer” at our church. I don’t think that the entire situation was exactly according to Labor Department rules, but we didn’t care.

He left home at 18 with 4 years of practical experience on his resume. It was a great head start for his career.


29 posted on 05/06/2012 10:39:44 PM PDT by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: Chickensoup

What does the CDL acronym stand for?

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Here’s my modest proposal for education reform.

We have been discussing ways to fast track kids through high school to avoid the liberal agenda and other idiocies:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1315730/posts?page=84#84

Proposal for the Free Republic High School Diploma.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1316882/posts

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30 posted on 05/07/2012 12:23:42 AM PDT by Kevmo (Palin 2012. It's just me in the voting booth. 100% straight republican ticket.)
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To: rbbeachkid

I think that some community college or occupational center classwork would help you keep him classified as a dependent, but, when my homeschooled son was 14 he started in an apprenticeship type situation.

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That is the questioon here. I have to have him remain thus classsified in order to be able to afford the classes for him.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 4:56:19 AM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: rbbeachkid

I think that some community college or occupational center classwork would help you keep him classified as a dependent, but, when my homeschooled son was 14 he started in an apprenticeship type situation.

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That is the questioon here. I have to have him remain thus classsified in order to be able to afford the classes for him.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 4:56:19 AM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

Another reason to homeschool ping! Is anyone able to help out with this?


33 posted on 05/07/2012 7:30:50 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Kevmo

Commercial Driver’s License


34 posted on 05/07/2012 3:49:24 PM PDT by big truck
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To: JenB

Thanks to all the homeschoolers for the ping. I would love to hear their input.


35 posted on 05/07/2012 5:08:59 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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