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What is a Trade School?

A trade school is a postsecondary institution that combines career-specific training with general education curriculum. Trade schools are often used interchangeably with career college, technical colleges, vocational school, vocational college, trade college, technical schools, and technical institutes. Most degree programs at a trade school can be completed within two years with some lasting up to four-years to complete. Similarly, a technical high school melds a career-oriented focus with core curriculum to help graduates step directly into a specific trade.

Trade School

A trade school is designed to teach the science behind an occupation. They work to provide students with specialized training in a targeted field of study, profession, or trade. Conversely, a traditional AA degree may take the same amount of time to complete carries a different focus. An AA is focused on providing a broad educational foundation for students versus the targeted approach of a trade school. Students earning an AA from a community college will typically seek to go on to earn a bachelors degree or masters degree at an accredited college or university.

Trade colleges can last up to four-years but will typically be one to two-year programs. Students graduating from a technical college can expect to earn a degree, certificate, or diploma. An associate degree can be conferred in various forms depending on the curricular design. Common degrees you will see include an Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Science.

Trade School Specializations

Specialized training can include traditional trades such as construction to non-traditional trades like computer systems. Although not intended to be all-encompassing, the following list of trades can be used as a proxy to help you understand some options offered by trade colleges and trade schools:

Difference Between a Trade School and Community College?

While degree programs may overlap at a community college and trade school, a community college will typically require students to complete core classes prior to moving into an area of concentration. The vocational programs at a community college leverage shared credits in areas such as English composition or math. Additionally, they will typically require students to take core classes unrelated to a vocation or trade such as art history or biology.

Technical colleges, on the other hand, will generally require students to take classes related to their major during their first term. Trade schools provide hands-on learning opportunities coupled with internships to garner first-hand, relevant work experience while in school. Another expected feature of a trade school is a robust career and job placement service division to help students transition from school to work. It is common for a vocational college or trade school to partner with local and regional corporations, trade unions, and professional entities to better understand their employment needs.

Technical Schools Near Me

The list of colleges below represents a cross-section of trade schools and technical colleges found in the MatchCollege universe. Each college profile page includes information about the school, financial aid trends, tuition, degree programs, and much more to help you find the best college for you.

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M - P

Academy Of Careers And Technology Mt Diablo Adult Education
Adult And Community Education Hudson Nevada Regional Technical Center
Adult Center For Education Northeast Technology Center Afton
Adult Continuing Education Bcts Northeast Technology Center Claremore
Albany Technical College Northern Tier Career Center
Applied Technology Services North Georgia Technical College
Ashland County West Holmes Career Center Northwest Kansas Technical College
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Northwest Technical Institute Springdale
Atlanta Technical College Northwest Technology Center Fairview
Atlantic Technical Center Ocean County Vocational Technical School
Autry Technology Center Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Avtec Alaskas Institute Of Technology Ogden Weber Applied Technology College
Beck Area Career Center Red Bud Ogeechee Technical College
Ben Franklin Career Center Onondaga Cortland Madison Boces
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Orlando Tech
Bowling Green Technical College Oswego County Boces
Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center Penta County Joint Vocational School
Brewster Technical Center Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District
Bridgerland Applied Technology College Pickens Technical College
Buckeye Joint Vocational School Pike County Joint Vocational School District
Butler Tech D Russel Lee Career Center Pinellas Technical Education Center Clearwater

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Pine Technical College
Cabell County Career Technology Center Pioneer Career And Technology Center
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center Pioneer Technology Center
Canadian Valley Technology Center Pomona Unified School District Adult And Career Education
Canton City Schools Technical Education Putnam Career And Technical Center
Cape Girardeau Career And Technology Center

R - S

Career And Technology Education Centers Of Licking County Radford M Locklin Technical Center
Career Technology Center Of Lackawanna County Ralph R Willis Career And Technical Center
Carver Career Center Red River Technology Center
Cass Career Center Ridge Career Center
Center For Arts And Technology Brandywine Campus Rio Salado College
Central Pennsylvania Institute Of Science And Technology Robert Morgan Educational Center
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Lpn Career Rolla Technical Institute
Central Technology Center Salina Area Technical College
Charles A Jones Career And Education Center Saline County Career Center
Charles H Mccann Technical School Sandusky Career Center
Charlotte Technical Center Sarasota County Technical Institute
Chisholm Trail Technology Center Savannah Technical College
Choffin Career And Technical Center Schuylkill Technology Center
Choice High School And Technical Center Scioto County Career Technical Center
Clearfield County Career And Technology Center Seattle Vocational Institute
Clinton Technical School Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School
Clovis Adult Education Sheridan Technical Center
Columbia Area Vocational Technical School Sikeston Career And Technology Center
Columbiana County Career And Technical Center Somerset County Technology Center
Community Services Division Alliance City South Branch Career And Technical Center
Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute South Central Career Center
D A Dorsey Educational Center South Central Louisiana Technical College
Davis Applied Technology College Southeastern Technical Institute
Delta Montrose Technical College Southern Crescent Technical College
D G Erwin Technical Center Southern Oklahoma Technology Center
Diman Regional Technical Institute Southern Westchester Boces Adult Education
Dixie Applied Technology College Southern Worcester County Regional Voc School District
Downey Adult School South Georgia Technical College

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Southwest Applied Technology Center
Eastern Center For Arts And Technology Southwest Skill Center Campus
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center Southwest Technology Center
Eastland Fairfield Career And Technical Schools Susquehanna County Career And Technology Center
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program Suwannee Hamilton Technical Center
East Valley Institute Of Technology
Ehove Career Center Taylor Technical Institute
Emily Griffith Technical College Tctc Adult Training Center
Erie 1 Boces Technical Education Center Osceola
Fayette Institute Of Technology Tennessee College Of Applied Technology Shelbyville
First Coast Technical College Tennessee Technology Center At Athens
Flagler Technical Institute Toledo Public Schools Adult Continuing Education
Forbes Road Career And Technology Center Tom P Haney Technical Center
Fort Myers Institute Of Technology Traviss Career Center
Four Rivers Career Center Tri County Adult Career Center
Francis Tuttle Technology Center Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Franklin County Career And Technology Center Tulsa Technology Center Broken Arrow Campus
Franklin Technology Mssu Tulsa Technology Center Lemley Campus
Fred W Eberle Technical Center Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
Gallia Jackson Vinton Joint Vocational School District Union County Vocational Technical School
Garnet Career Center United Technical Center
George Stone Career Center Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
George T Baker Aviation School Upper Valley Career Center
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Us Grant Joint Vocational School
Georgia Piedmont Technical College

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Gordon Cooper Technology Center Vanguard Career Center
Grand River Technical School Venango County Area Vocational Technical School
Greater Altoona Career Technology Center Ventura Adult And Continuing Education
Greater Johnstown Career And Technology Center Walton Career Development Center
Greater Southern Tier Boces Warrensburg Area Career Center
Great Oaks Institute Of Technology And Career Development Washburn Institute Of Technology
Great Plains Technology Center Washington County Adult Skill Center
Green Country Technology Center Washington County Career Center Adult Technical Training
Greene County Career And Technology Center Washington Holmes Technical Center
Greene County Vocational School District Wayne County Schools Career Center

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Waynesville Career Center
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education Western Area Career And Technology Center
High Plains Technology Center Western Suffolk Boces
Hillyard Technical Center Western Technology Center
Huntingdon County Career And Technology Center West Georgia Technical College
Immokalee Technical Center Westside Tech
Indiana County Technology Center Wes Watkins Technology Center
Indian Capital Technology Center Muskogee Wichita Area Technical College
James Rumsey Technical Institute William T Mcfatter Technical Center
John D Rockefeller Iv Career Center Winter Park Tech
Kiamichi Technology Center Atoka Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Knox County Career Center Withlacoochee Technical Institute
Lake Career And Technical Center Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Lake Technical Center
Lancaster County Career And Technology Center
Lanier Technical College
Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School
Lee County High Tech Center North
Lex La Ray Technical Center
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Lively Technical Center
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District
Lorenzo Walker Institute Of Technology
Louisiana Technical College Alexandria Campus
Mahoning County Career And Technical Center
Manatee Technical Institute
Marchman Technical Education Center
Maricopa Skill Center
Maysville Community And Technical College
M Dcps The English Center
Mercer County Career Center
Mercer County Technical Education Center
Meridian Technology Center
Metro Technology Centers
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Michigan Career And Technical Institute
Mid America Technology Center
Mid Del Technology Center
Mid Florida Tech
Mifflin Juniata Career And Technology Center
Mineral County Vocational Technical Center
Monmouth County Vocational School District
Monongalia County Technical Education Center
Monroe 2 Orleans Boces Center
Monty Tech
Moore Norman Technology Center
Morris County Vocational School District
Mountainland Applied Technology College

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