Vocational/Trade Schools and Technical Schools

  • Trade schools (often times called vocational schools) and technical schools provide students with job specific training. Most technical/trade schools are usually two years but some may be more and some may be less. Some technical schools also offer the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Many trade and technical schools are structured like a workplace environment requiring excellent attendance and professional behavior.

    What To Consider When Looking At Vocational/Trade School

    •  Placement Rate: How many graduates are actually placed in their career field? A high percentage will tell you that the school works hard to prepare its graduates for the work force.
    • Student Completion Rate/Graduation Rate: Find out how many students actually complete their programs. This is an indicator of the institution's commitment to student education.
    • Facilities: Are the facilities up-to-date? Vocational and trade schools often have some of the latest technology and equipment. Avoid those with outdated labs and training equipment. Remember, in the work place you’ll often be required to jump right in and work on state-of-the-art equipment.
    • Services: What “extras” does the school offer? Is there a career guidance office? If so, will they assist you in finding employment once you've graduated? Will they help you find internships/co-ops while you’re a student?
    • Tuition/Fees: How much will it cost to attend the program? Are there any hidden fees? Is financial assistance available to you?

    Reference: Vocational and trade schools: A growing trend