Hello! I'm a 26 year old in Indiana that's tired of dead end factory jobs. I'm ready for a career. Something that's a bit more fulfilling and engaging than taping boxes for ten hours a day. I've wanted to attend college for a long time, but I had kids at an early age and I've thrown that around as an excuse. However I've come to realize that college may be more possible than I thought due to grants and student aid programs that I'm eligible for. I've been researching different programs trying to find the one that's right for me.
One of the programs I'm considering is a two year HVAC program from Ivy Tech. As I mentioned, I have kids and a family to raise. Adding college classes on top of everything I already have on my plate will be a big undertaking so I want to invest my time wisely. I need to pursue something practical and realistic. I know far too many people with degrees that they don't use. Most of what I've read seems to suggest that the majority of graduates from this HVAC program end up with decent paying related jobs right out of college. Is this just rhetoric or are the prospects for this field really that good?
I'm just looking for general advice from people in the field to help me come to a decision. I'm really more of a computer nerd than a mechanical and carpentry kind of guy, but I'm a hard worker and I'm certain I can learn the trade.