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A Williamson Education

Williamson College of the Trades believes that the ideals upon which Isaiah V. Williamson founded the college are as valid and relevant today as when it was founded in 1888. Williamson remains committed to the following ideals.

Commitment to Our Heritage

We Believe that healthy, able-bodied young men who have learned a good mechanical trade, and who are intellectually and emotionally prepared, honest, frugal, entrepreneurial, temperate, and industrious, are certain to succeed in life, and to become useful and respected members of society.

We Believe that Judeo-Christian ethics and values help to prepare graduates to be dependable, honest, and productive workers.

Commitment to Craftsmanship

We Believe that work should be done to the best of one’s ability, out of personal integrity. High expectations of achievement must never be compromised.

We Believe that work done to the best of one’s ability is honorable. Through work well done, we are better able to serve one another.

Commitment to Community

We Believe all those associated with Williamson should be disciplined, honest, fair, confident, frugal, committed to excellence, and professionally skilled.

We Believe our work should manifest a spirit of unity and harmony, and that everyone should be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.

We Believe that a culturally diverse campus enhances the quality of training, education, and campus life.

A Comprehensive Trade Education

In the college’s unique approach to technical education, students focus on the study of a trade that incorporates technical theory and hands-on work projects, while studying academic disciplines that apply to the trades. 

Our Educational Approach

Williamson takes a unique approach to career and technical education. Over the course of three years at the college, students receive a broad education that includes study of trade and technical theory in the classroom and realistic work projects. Students also receive academic instruction that is designed to contribute to their career success. This well-rounded training is intended to provide graduates with the skills necessary for success in a wide variety of career options, from positions in the trade and technical fields to employment as small business owners.

But training at Williamson goes far beyond the classroom, as students live and participate in a carefully structured environment that includes daily chapel, work details, a dress code, and clearly defined rules and responsibilities. A Williamson education emphasizes the importance of moral values, industry, and quality workmanship. The goal is to foster in students the proper attitudes for success in life and on the job, including self-discipline, personal integrity, and reliability.

An independent undergraduate technical college, Williamson provides all students with full scholarships that cover tuition, room, board, and textbooks, making Williamson the only – 100% full-scholarship granting college of its kind in the nation. In exchange for their education, students must follow the college’s rules and help with the food service and maintenance of buildings and grounds. Those expectations allow students to have the opportunity to engage in real-world working experiences, while in college.

For over 135 years, Williamson has been using its unique approach to education to prepare high-quality tradesmen and technicians. In the process, it has gained a national reputation for producing graduates who have become expert craftsmen, successful businessmen, respected citizens, and recognized leaders in their fields.