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Non-Traditional Students

Established in 1925, Trinidad State has been through it all. That’s one of the reasons we believe it is imperative to adapt to change, embrace diversity, and educate for the future. We must be able to equip students for high-demand fields that offer both a great wage and the ability to advance.

One of the fastest ways for an individual to advance in a high paying field is to go into a non-traditional occupation. A non-traditional occupation is one where one gender (male or female) comprises less than 25 percent of those employed (according to the U. S. Department of Labor). Essentially that would be a female in a male dominated career like welding or a male in a female dominated career like nursing.

What does this mean to you?
You can choose a career that is perfect for you!

Advantages for men looking at Non-Traditional Careers:
   - Advancement in your field
   - Competitive wages
   - More job opportunities
   - Financial security
   - Demand for your skills
   - Freedom to pursue your passion!

Advantages for women looking at Non-Traditional Career:
   - Financial security
   - Higher wages (Non-Traditional Careers pay 20-30% more than other traditional jobs held by women)    
    - Demand for your skills
    - Advancement in your field
    - Freedom to pursue your passion!

Males and females all over the country are choosing to break down barriers in their career fields, and so can you!

Will the road be hard?
Yes. Sometimes you may not have a mentor in the career you choose. Friends, family, or coworkers may not understand why you have chosen a path that is unique.  You must hold strong to your passion! Knowing you will be paid competitively, have more job security, and be able to advance in your field will provide great rewards in the long run.

What does Trinidad State offer me that would be considered non-traditional?

  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Ag Business
  • Barbering
  • Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Esthetician
  • Gunsmithing
  • Hairstylist
  • Line Technician
  • Manicurist
  • Nursing
  • Nurse Aide
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
  • Welding

Trinidad State Non-Traditional StudentJasmine Berry

Trinidad State Non-Traditional Student

I wanted to pick a career that was promising and that wouldn’t fail with the economy. I’m a single mom so I did it to show them (my children) that they can do anything they want to do.

Has choosing a non-traditional career been an easy or hard experience for you?

I think it has been both. Easy as far as people going out of their way to help me. Hard because it was something I never did before I started, so a lot of people have wanted to help me.

Trinidad State Non-Traditional StudentCameron Baucum

Trinidad State Non-Traditional Student

When I was in high school I was in football and all the players had me cut their hair. I got good at it so I decided to go to college for it. Trinidad State has been good. I like how the instructor really works with you and teaches you. She is really kind and does one-on one things with me so I can understand.

Trinidad State Non-Traditional StudentJennifer Stevens

Trinidad State Non-Traditional Student

Trinidad State has been a wonderful experience. I enjoy the hands-on approach. The instructors are very knowledgeable and qualified and it is a fun environment. The class sizes are small and manageable.