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Trade & Technical Schools

Trade schools, also known as technical schools, are postsecondary educational institutions designed to train students for a specific job in a skilled trade. Students typically pay tuition to attend this hands-on instruction and take trade-related courses. Trade schools do not typically award college credit or a degree but rather certifications for completed training. Trade and technical schools provide highly focused training programs specifically designed to prepare students for a job in a skilled or mechanical trade. Explore the benefits of a trade school by watching this video.

Trade and technical schools:
  • Provide classroom-based instruction with hands-on learning within industry-specific labs.
  • Tuition typically is half as much as a four-year degree or less.
  • Completion time is usually two years depending on the trade and program start dates.


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to represent their apprenticeship and internship programs with the goal of exposing  a variety of opportunities available to students after high school.

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