Artie F. Emm wrote:Can the school apply credit for the math and English from the other school?
The oother thought I had was, if you want the weld training classes only, could you simply not sign up for the math and English. They wouldn't award you the degree, but do you want the degree?
I want to take the welding classes only because I don't need/want the degree, BUT all the schools will NOT let me sign up for JUST the welding classes.
That is a problem! I want to get my program to that point; as it exists it is an utterly disorganized nightmare. If I were you, I would get in touch with the Welding Department Head and tell him your problem. He is likely to tell you that you really do need all of the welding classes. One thing you can do is to sign up for the whole program, gen. ed. classes and all, and then drop the gen. ed. classes after the semester starts. Or just say that you want to take the gen. ed. classes in the following year after the welding, and then blow off the useless crap. (It mostly is crap too, but I don't say that too loud for fear of offending the suit and tie folks who have paper work).
Taking the entire welding program, say something that runs from September to May, is not a bad thing. You should get all content, all processes, and print reading. All the knowledge works together, so it will all do you some good. If you came to me, that is what I would advise, but I would also encourage you to take all of the welding classes, in all of the processes.
I understand your frustration. Remember, these programs have as the ultimate authority the 'educated' people, who have advanced degrees. My 'paperwork' comes from 35 + years of work experience and accumulated knowledge; these 'educational' folks have a piece of paper to tell everyone and to remind themselves that they have 'knowledge'.
Again, go talk to the weld department head. If any vet came to me, someone like you in your position, I would do everything in my power to help you out. I would bend procedure, make allowances, redesign programs and simply give you an OK to attend class if that is what it would take to get you to where you need to be.
I hope this post was helpful! Feel free to message me if you have any other questions!