Why seek a technical education?

A degree in technical education offers a number of benefits for parents and students alike because the path to it is usually faster and more affordable. Parents appreciate the reduced tuition costs and high job placement rates of accredited institutions. With specialized training, students are able to quickly transition into the workforce.

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What are the benefits of accreditation?

Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or program that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality and student achievement. Accreditation by COE is viewed as a nationally-honored seal of excellence for occupational education institutions and denotes honesty and integrity.

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The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Since 1945, The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) has supplied Philadelphia-area contractors with the most highly skilled workers in the construction industry. The FTI currently offers four-year apprenticeship programs for our nation’s future union coatings applicator specialists, commercial painter and wall coverers, drywall finishers, glaziers, and multi-craft decorators.

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