The first thing that came to mind when I read this article was, “$20,000 to be a barber?”

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Steve S · April 3, 2022 at 9:35 am

Second thought, don’t get your hair done in those salons.

SiG · April 3, 2022 at 10:08 am

What does it cost to get training to be an EMT? I recall reading they had stiffer license requirements for nail “technicians” and cosmetologists than lots of more important jobs.

    Divemedic · April 3, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    EMT takes 12 weeks and costs about $1500.
    Paramedic is an associate’s degree, takes 2 years and costs in the neighborhood of $10k.

      Paulb · April 3, 2022 at 11:56 pm

      Paramedics used to be badly underpaid. I understand that the pay has gotten reasonable, at least in the Northeast.
      I took a 30-day class for ships’ medical officer that was taught by paramedics, not doctors, years ago. To date, the required refresher training, which is now taught by PA’s, is nowhere near as useful and the PA instructors no longer teach things that a band-aid giver-outer is ‘not supposed to know’, like tying off blood vessels or dumping vodka down the throat of a raving deckhand with the DT’s.
      If I were a young adrenaline junkie and unwilling to be in school until 30, I’d think paramedic would be a rewarding way to go.

Jonathan · April 3, 2022 at 10:11 am

For profit colleges…

From a different perspective, this appears to be much more than traditional barbering, though I suspect that still doesn’t justify the price.
I’ll have to look up the course costs at my community college.

    Don Curton · April 3, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Yup. I looked at those for-profit trade schools for my kids after some false starts at college. Super expensive, no guarantees, lotsa smoke and mirrors. Best I could tell, they like to sign up minorities and then suck up all the govt funding they can get while barely teaching anything. White kids who don’t qualify for govt grants and scholarships need not apply. Too damn expensive.

    Community colleges are the way to go, especially ones with trade school stuff. Oldest got welding certification and later certified weld inspector. Youngest took drafting. All at a fraction of the cost.

Trotsky Hates That Pick Axe · April 3, 2022 at 4:32 pm

Marxist indoctrination while being isolated from reality?

Skyler the Weird · April 3, 2022 at 9:25 pm

My son with high school an a few JuCo courses got on with a HVAC company. Took a three month class. Was out with a mentor for awhile and just got his first truck to go solo. I’m trying to get my eldest to apply

T Town · April 4, 2022 at 6:10 pm

This sounds like the latest scams being pushed by colleges where you pay several thousand dollars to get a certificate instead of credits toward a degree. It turns out those classes for the certificates are actually run by a for profit company who pays the college a fee to advertise the classes under the college name.

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