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Vocational Students

Navigating your post-high school educational options may seem like a daunting task. Especially if you do not know what you want to do but you know that a 4-year college is not for you!

This is where College Planning 101 can help. We provide an interactive career assessment program to explore what your strengths are and what careers match those strengths. You are guided by a professional who will give you one-on-one attention and detailed direction.

Maybe you don't know where to start. Or maybe you're interested in a general career area like healthcare or skilled trades and want to explore the vocational training possibilities. Or perhaps you have a specific type of program in mind and simply need to find a trade school that offers it. We can help!
Because finding a school that could help you follow your dreams should not be a stressful process.

What Is a Vocational School? And What Does It Offer?

Programs trade or vocational school is an educational institution geared toward helping students get employment-ready skills and knowledge for particular occupations. Vocational schools are also known by other terms. For example, a technical or vocational school is generally the same as a trade school or career college; the terms are usually interchangeable.

At a trade school, you learn a combination of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge directly related to the occupation you want to have. Depending on your intended vocation, you’ll learn a range of very specific techniques using industry-relevant equipment in facilities that simulate real-world work settings. You’ll also learn about any legal regulations or requirements that apply to your field. You may even get to practice your skills in an actual work setting as part of an included internship or externship.

Vocational school student in chemistry class

Another defining characteristic of many vocational colleges and trade schools is the attention paid to students’ everyday lives and diverse backgrounds.

For example, unlike a lot of traditional academic institutions, career-driven schools tend to incorporate features like:

  • Courses offered in the evening, on weekends, or even online
  • Campuses that are more accessible and closer to where students live or work
  • Easier admission processes
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Shorter, more streamlined programs
  • Personalized, hands-on instruction in well-equipped training facilities that simulate real-world work settings
  • Externships with actual employers
  • Job search or placement assistance

Simply put, vocational schools can often be defined by how they approach training busy adults who want to enter fast-growing industries quickly and pragmatically.

There are clear advantages to vocational education. Research has shown that post-secondary students who earn degrees in vocational fields of study are more likely to be employed full-time six years after beginning their education. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that 86 percent of people who earned a technical or career-based associate degree had full-time jobs compared to 79 percent of those who earned a more general academic one. And the percentage was also higher for students who attained a career-focused bachelor’s degree (89 percent vs. 83 percent).

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