Well, I'm a little confused right now...let me explain...
I myself am a firefighter...a career path I choose back when I was in my teenage years. I'm 22 now. On days off, I'm quite the PC enthusiast. I feel pretty comfortable namely because I've been building and fixing PC's since around 2004. You know, for friends, family, and also people for the FD where I work. I have to say, I am quite interested in the PC service industry as far as fixing computers since all I do on my days off are messing with computers.
Recently to some of the PC mags I subscribed to...namely MaxPC...I found some colleges that do online courses for a PC Maintenance Technology Degree. I was curious if doing course work like that is any worth the time and trouble???
I also know that PC certifications are a step in the door also...but I figured any credentials that can be obtained like certs, degrees, and etc....might be worth it. All in all, I'm interested on days off not working for some company, but advertise myself as a field PC tech. House call service or the what not...possibly a small business...
Any suggestions or replies?
In one word, NO. At least not from one of those schools. You can pretty much the same degrees in a lot of community colleges. A lot of the courses can probably be taken online. Going the community college route has two benefits.
1. You will probably pay thousands and thousands of dollars. Most schools like this charge ludicrous amounts for a mediocre education/training. It won't guarantee you a job or the ability to run your own company.
2. If you decide to go for a four year degree at a traditional college for a more advanced technical degree these credits can transfer and you would have knocked out some core classes.
All in all, for most people a community college is a far better option because they are more respected, educate better, and do not cost you an arm or a leg. Of course, in the end it is up to you. I still say a 2 year degree and some certs are better than those technical schools or online schools.