Pathways to Technology profiles students who have gone to community colleges to take technology programs and follows them through to their employment. Although the bias is clear (funded by an association of community colleges), it certainly does give the impression that these programs are hands-on and applicable to the real world. Just seems more relevant than the university route, somehow.
Two guys from my hometown started post-secondary school at the same time -- one in an electrical technology program at Red River College and the other took an electrical engineering degree at a university. The first guy got hired right after finishing the two years, while the second one is finishing up this spring after five years and a huge debt load. They'll likely be doing similar types of work, at least at the entry level. At some point, the guy with the degree will probably make more money, but at what cost?