Mt. Carmel Skilled Trades

Resource Guide

We need more skilled tradespeople!

Do you enjoy making things, being creative, solving problems and working in settings that are not in an office?


  • An estimated 31 million skilled trade workers in the United States retired in 2020, and many of those jobs remain unfilled.


  • 62% of companies report that they struggle to fill skilled trade labor positions.


  • Skilled trades jobs are high skill, high wage, high demand careers with a high degree of job satisfaction.

There are an abundance of scholarships available for students looking for financial assistance to learn a skilled trade because companies and organizations want to help drive students to these opportunities. You will find several listed below in this resource guide to get started.

How do I learn a trade?

There are several education and training choices for students looking to learn a trade.
  • Apprenticeship Earn money working while learning from an experienced professional; many apprenticeship programs also include classroom learning; apprenticeships offer an opportunity to get education and training with pay and without accumulating educational debt (see local programs below)
  • Trade/vocational school This is among the more expensive training options but takes the shortest amount of time (see opportunities below).
  • Community College degree or certificate program; some community colleges also offer apprenticeship programs that earn college credit (see specialty programs below)
  • Military Each armed service branch has opportunities to learn trades and get specialized training while serving in the military (automotive technology, diesel technology, electrician, aviation electronics (avionics) specialist, aviation mechanic, firefighter, EMT, etc.).
  • 4-year University degree There are a variety of majors in the technical fields such as Technology Management, Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering & Management, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, etc.

Apprenticeship Programs - Earn While You Learn

San Diego & Imperial Valley Community College Career Ed Resource

The San Diego & Imperial Valley community colleges have created this fantastic Career Ed resource to help link people to career industry sector community college programs that are hiring and growing and expected to continue to grow. The list of industry sectors is below with direct links to those pages on the resource. You can compare different programs in the same sector, see expected salary information and find the links to apply to the community college of your choice. It also has a great tool to find community college programs.


Local Community College Specialty Trade Programs

Skilled Trades Training Scholarships

Sample Trade School Programs

MCHS Military Resource Guide

Click here - You can learn a trade in the military also!

Xello Software Guide on College & Career Exploration

All MCHS students have accounts on Xello and can access the account through their suite of apps on MyPLAN

MCHS College Visits & More

College & Career Showcase Event and Community College Night Guide

MCHS Assistance Guide for 4-year College Applications

MCHS Guidance Dept guide to workshops and help on applying to 4-year colleges