Trades are VERY political. They might be to your political leaning in which case like a fish in water, you might not notice. But they are.
In any case, it’s good you found a solution that worked for your life.
I rooted for trade schools for a long time UNTIL they became: “Go here because “liberals” go to Universities”. Now trade school is politicized… and has been for a few years now.
My take: go with what works for you.