Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in The United States

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Absolutely DanceSport

San Diego, The United States
Absolutely DanceSport is a business focused on providing private and group dance instruction. Located in the heart of San Diego, the dance center offers classes in Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Salsa. Absolutely DanceSport strives to attract long-term students as well as form quality dancers. The center has made available other services like professional coaching, internships, teacher training and certification, teacher video choreography, competitions, wedding programs, youth and after school programs, dance therapy, senior adult programs, dance products, fund raising, and community... See full description.
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Academy of Couture Art

West Hollywood, The United States
Academy of Couture Art is a specialized educational institution offering bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs in Fashion Design and Pattern Design as well as an Intensive English language program and a Teen Couture Design club. The school is unique with the fact that it teaches pattern design and fashion design separately with the purpose of meeting the industry’s demand for highly specialized professionals. The Academy of Couture Art has also created a Corporate Work Study Scholarship Program, which provides an unparalleled combination of financial support, work experience,... See full description.

Actors Movement Studio

New York, The United States
The Actors Movement Studio is a unique teaching institution based in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Also known as the Actor Movement Conservatory, the facility was established in 1980 by Loyd Williamson. The studio is also known to be home of the Williamson’s Technique, which has been the foundation of the studio’s teaching principles since its creation. The Williamson Technique is a physical technique for acting that is based on the work and methods of the “Group Theater”. Except for this technique the center organizes Summer Theater Intensives,... See full description.

Alamance Community College

Graham, The United States
Alamance Community College is a community college, which was created in 1958 as part of a system known as industrial education centers. Based in Graham, NC, the college is known to serve the area of Alamance County, NC. What distinguishes the school is the fact that it offers a number of programs that cannot be found easily in other institutions. Examples include Animal Care, Biotechnology, Culinary Technology, Horticulture, and Dental Assisting. Alamance Community College has put the creation of a warm, caring atmosphere in their top priority list, and this means that students will... See full description.

Alexandria Technical & Community College

Alexandria, The United States
Alexandria Technical and Community College is a two-year technical college in Alexandria, Minnesota. It is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and receives about 2,100 full-time students yearly. The school offers 50 degree programs, which range from certificates to Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees. An Associate of Arts degree is made available, too. Another interesting fact is that Alexandria Technical and Community College has built a reputation for its high placement rate. Moreover, the campus has a law enforcement program, which only a... See full description.

Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, The United States
Allan Hancock College is a public community college in California, situated in Santa Maria in northern Santa Barbara County. The college offers programs in forty-eight major fields, which range from accounting to wildland fire technology. The school also has an assigned University Transfer Center, responsible for assisting students with four-year university and college admission; support includes helping students with various requirements and major and department information for the California State University, University of California, and California Independent Colleges and University... See full description.

American River College

Sacramento, The United States
The American River College is a community college, offering its educational services in Sacramento County, California. The college was establised in 1955 as an American River Junior College. The institution is a very popular choice among students in the greater Sacramento area, as it acts as a starting point for later transfer to competitive four-year universities (i.e. the University of California, Davis )and semi-competitive universities like California State University, Sacramento. Students, who are not aiming to transfer have the chance of enrolling for certification in... See full description.

Arkansas Northeastern College

Blytheville, The United States
Arkansas Northeastern College is a US open admission college. It offers the first two years of a traditional college education transferable to a four-year college or university; other opportunities available at the school include job-entry training and occupational preparation programs as well as technical programs. Individuals can also take part in various self-improvement and self-growth programs. Furthermore, there is a College's University Center, which enables students to find baccalaureate and graduate degrees at a wide range of universities. Arkansas Northeastern's ADTEC Solutions... See full description.

Augusta Technical College

Augusta, The United States
Augusta Technical College is a two-year college operating in Augusta, Georgia. Established in 1961, the school has embarked on the mission to promote the educational, economic, and community development of the Central Savannah River Area. The school has made available associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates. There are more than 100 programs studied at the institution, some of which are Allied Health and Nursing, Business and Personal Services, Information and Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology. Moreover, Augusta Tech is dedicated to constant development and... See full description.

AVI Career Training

Great Falls, The United States
AVI Career Training is a specialized center for Skin Care & Massage Therapy training. Avi Career Training was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Nahid Ghassemi, who has a Master's Degree in Education and over fifteen years of experience in Electrolysis, Skin Care, Massage Therapy and Permanent Make-up. AVI Career Training is organized into Institutes that have made available both theoretical and practical training in Electrology and Esthetics. The center offers instruction in Permanent and General Make-up Artistry, too. AVI has been constantly developing its programs with the latest addition to... See full description.

Bah Career Training

Garland, The United States
We offer the following programs; Nurses Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, Patient Care Technician, Dental Assistant, Medical Billing & coding, Electronic Health Records.

Bay State College

Boston, The United States
Bay State College is a for-profit career college operating in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established in 1946 with the purpose of serving the airline industry. The school grants Associate and Bachelor Degrees, offering the following majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Entertainment Management, Audio Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Health Studies, Hospitality Management, Medical Assisting, Physical Therapist Assistant, Nursing, and Retail Business Management. The school is dedicated to the mission of successfully preparing... See full description.

BC, Department of Television and Radio

Brooklyn, The United States
Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The Department of Television and Radio within the college aims to develop sound knowledge in electronic media as well as excellent proficiency in their use. The department offers a bachelor of arts degree in television and radio, a bachelor of science degree in broadcast journalism, and minors in television and radio for film majors and for theater majors. The department has also made available departmental scholarships, industry-sponsored internships, as well as teaching... See full description.

Belmont Technical College

St. Clairsville, The United States
Belmont Technical College is a two-year public college, headquartered in Ohio, USA. Established in 1971, the college has been serving the local communities for more than 30 years. The institution has made available the following degrees: Transfer Degrees; Associate of Arts (AA); Associate of Science (AS); Career/Professional Degrees; Associate of Applied Business (AAB); Associate of Applied Science (AAS); as well as Certificates. Classes are held during the day, in evenings, weekends, as well as in E-Learning (distance education). Two other locations except for the main campus are... See full description.

Bergen Community College

Paramus, The United States
Bergen Community College is an accredited two-year community college, serving the needs of Bergen County, New Jersey, USA. It was established in 1965 with the aim of providing affordable, comprehensive higher education in the area. The College operates three sites - in Paramus (main campus), Hackensack and Lyndhurst, which receive over 32,000 students. The institution offers degree, continuing education and adult education programs. Upon graduation, the students either go on to continue their studies in a four-year college, or they find jobs with the skills they have gained. Bergen... See full description.

BioPharma Institute

Paramus
The BioPharma Institute is the #1 place online for pharma training classes. As a highly accredited service, we offer working professionals in the pharma, biotech & healthcare industries, online training, literature, and certification programs. Enroll in a variety of courses, including Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Training, Clinical Research Training, and more. We also have online employee training for Pharma organizations. Contact BioPharma Insitute to enroll into a free trial course today!

Broadreach College

Raleigh, The United States
Broadreach College is a unique institution, organizing experiential programs in over 35 countries. It was established in 1993 by Carlton Goldthwaite, who turned his passion of experiencing different lands, cultures, languages, and people into a business that would help teenagers and young adults take their learning out of the classroom. All subjects offered are learned through experiential instruction, field research and service learning. Programs are available in Marine Science, Science and Medicine, Language Immersion, Culture and Arts, Professional Development, Health and Leadership... See full description.

Broward Community College

Fort Lauderdale, The United States
Broward Community College is a state college in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., and part of the Florida College System. The school was founded in 1959 and currently operates three campuses as well as a variety of educational centers located throughout Broward County. Broward College offers Associate & Bachelor degrees, certificate programs, and specialized programs like online degrees, Health Sciences, and Continuing Education.

Bucks County Community College

Newtown, The United States
Bucks County Community College was strategically founded in 1964, when its initiators carefully assessed the importance of such an institution within the social environment of a growing population. The school grants associate degrees and certificates, while also acting as a ‘stepping stone’ to a bachelor’s degree. The college has a wide-ranging array of academic programs, all of which are staffed by professors holding degrees from some of the top US universities. At the same time, the institution is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association... See full description.

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, The United States
Calvin College is a liberal arts college established in 1876. The school is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its values and principles are formed around the Reformed tradition of Protestantism. Calvin offers majors and minors in 115 academic or pre-professional fields, with the most popular ones being business, engineering and nursing. Calvin is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and as an institution in the Reformed tradition of Christianity. Furthermore, it has designes a core curriculum with three parts: Gateway, Competencies and Studies, and Capstone. The... See full description.

Camp Olympia

Trinity, The United States
Camp Olympia is an overnight Texas Summer Camp for boys and girls, aged 7-16. The camp was established in 1968 and offers a real American Summer Camp experience. It is based on LakeLivingston in Trinity, Texas, which means it can offer great opportunities for fun and adventure. Camp Olympia has organized an individualized scheduling of over 40 activities, ranging from water skiing to golf and horseback riding, which means that campers are able to choose the activities that interest them. Furthermore, the camp follows the mission to build positive character and values in participants,... See full description.

Carl Albert State College

Sallisaw, The United States
Carl Albert State College is a community college established in 1933 in southeastern Oklahoma, USA. Carl Albert Stage College has made available more than 28 different academic degree programs, both terminal and transfer. The options offered are Art, Business Administration, Telecommunications, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medicine, Child Development, Music, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and others. Moreover, the school has secured a cooperative agreement with East Central University, through which students are able to earn bachelor's degrees and master's degrees on the... See full description.

Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)

Hope, The United States
What is CELL? The Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) is a nonprofit educational organization inspiring students (our future leaders) to bring creative, systemic solutions and environmental stewardship to their individual lives and leadership positions. About CELL’s Study Abroad Programs Are you interested in learning how to live sustainably while being of service to others? Are you interested in making a real difference in the world while studying abroad? Would you like to take a leadership role in encouraging local and global sustainability? Our interdisciplinary... See full description.

Central Ohio Technical College

Newark, The United States
Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is a public two-year technical college, based in Newark, Ohio. The institution was established in 1971 and shares a campus with Ohio State University. It also operates facilities in Pataskala, Knox and Coshocton. The institution provides 50 different associate degree (including majors and minors) and certificate programs, including the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate of Applied Business (A.A.B.), and Associate of Technical Studies (A.T.S.) degrees. Furthermore, career-oriented educational opportunities are made available in... See full description.

Century College

White Bear Lake, The United States
Century College is a two-year community college, operating in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA. The school was established in 1967 as Lakewood Community College Century. It provides liberal arts transfer degrees and professional programs. Furthermore, Century College offers over 60 different career programs and short-term certificate programs. The fields of study available include Advertising and Marketing, Art and Design, Automotive, Business and Management, Nursing, EMS, Industry and Industrial Design, Law Enforcement, Liberal Arts, Science, and Technology. Classes are offered online,... See full description.

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Phenix City, The United States
Chattahoochee Valley Community College is a community college based in Phenix City, Alabama, United States. The college was founded in 1973 and serves the communities of Russell County, parts of Bullock, Lee, Macon, and Barbour Counties, as well as the Columbus, Georgia metropolitan area.

Cleveland Chiropractic College

Overland Park, The United States
Cleveland Chiropractic College was established by Drs, C.S Cleveland, Ruth R. Cleveland and Perl B. Griffin in 1922. The very first president Dr. C.S. Cleveland Senior was a pioneer in the field of chiropractic and chiropractic education. Today, the state of the art campus led by Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III is a professional chiropractic health care facility, which focuses on spinal function and its relationship to the nervous system and good health. For more than eighty years Cleveland Chiropractic College has provided the opportunity for students to learn this discipline which involves... See full description.

Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland, The United States
Cleveland State Community College was established in 1967 under the supervision of Tennessee Board of Regents. Cleveland State Community College caters quality education and a very open environment. Around 3500 credit and 1500 non-credit students enroll in a usual fall semester with no racial consideration. The college resides in the Southeast Tennessee which offers great service and recreational opportunities with a rich educational experience. The college is situated between Exist 25 and 27 on Interstate 75, 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga. The college is accredited by the Commission... See full description.

Coastal Bend College

Alice, The United States
Coastal Bend College started its operations on September 1, 1998. The college is equipped with state of the art facilities with small classes focusing more on individual learning. Also special lectures are held at the Learning Assistance Center to aid learning outside the class. The counseling department ensures to discover students’ talents according to their respective field of study. CBC makes it possible for anyone to get admitted as they offer scholarships, study and work routines and grants for those in need. In addition, special arrangements in apartments, class building,... See full description.

College of Business & Technology

Miami, The United States
The College of Business and Technology is a higher education and career institution which came into existence in 1988. Its main campus is in Kendall, Florida while having four other campuses in Miami, Hialeah, West Kendall and Cutler Bay. CBT is endorsed by ACICS and certified by the US Department of Education. The teaching methodology adopted at CBT offers students not only theoretical learning, but also hands-on experience to be able to get ready for the workplace. CBT offers higher educational opportunities in Business Administration, Computer and Information Technology, Allied Health,... See full description.

College of Lake County

Grayslake, The United States
College of Lake County was established in 1967, residing in the northeastern suburbs of Chicago. CLC has a variety of academic departments including Adult Basic Education (GED & ESL), Biological & Health Sciences, Business, Communication Arts, Humanities & Fine Arts, Engineering Math & Physical Science as well as Social Sciences. Apart from basic studies, CLC also offers specialized programs for students such as transfer programs, career programs, professional development, small business workshops, and personal development.

College of Menominee Nation

Keshena, The United States
College of Menominee Nation came into existence in 1993. It is open to all local and international students who are aiming to pursue their educational ventures by taking degree and research programs. CMN has two campuses - one in Keshena, Wisconsin (main campus) and another one, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. CMN is sanctioned by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). CMN is also approved to award Associate Degree in Nursing program by National League for Nursing.

College of Southern Idaho

Twin Falls, The United States
The College of Southern Idaho (CSI) is a community college founded in 1965, located in Twin Falls, Idaho. CSI offers academic opportunities in arts, science, applied science and technical certifications. There are also transfer programs to other schools in the region (Idaho) such as Boise, Hailey, Burley and Gooding. Around 7000 students studying in CSI can take part in government activities, special interest clubs, athletic teams and fine arts production. CSI is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) which is a regional subsidiary authorized by the US... See full description.

Community College of Aurora

Aurora, The United States
The Community College of Aurora (CAA) located in Aurora, Colorado was founded in 1983. CCA has one other campus in Lowry, Denver and also offer online classes. CAA is sanctioned by The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CAA offers more than 40 degrees and certificates, which are transferable to most public colleges and universities in Colorado. Furthermore, CAA offers hands-on experience to students according to needs of business and industry. The schedule of classes is flexible to meet student’s demand, especially the “open entry”... See full description.

Community College of Rhode Island

Warwick, The United States
The college was established in 1964, and being the largest community college in New England it now offers more than 90 degree and certificate programs. The school grants the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.) and the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees. It strives to offer recent high school graduates as well as adult learners the opportunity to grow personally and intellectually through the access to higher education. Additionally, the school’s... See full description.

Community College of Vermont

Waterbury, The United States
The Community College of Vermont was founded in 1970. CCV focuses on student learning and its expertise lies in working with adults. CCV is an open college as the college does not have a main campus with housing facilities. Therefore, the institution operates academic hubs at 12 different locations in Vermont as well as online classes. The students may enroll for a single course or full time study as they please. CVV offers associate degrees, career related certificates and credit & non-credit training programs. The curriculum revolves around liberal arts, business, human resources,... See full description.

County College of Morris

Randolph, The United States
County College of Morris (CCM) is situated in Randolph, New Jersey. It started its operations as a public community college in 1966. CCM also has an academic hub in Morristown, New Jersey. CCM provides degrees in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, technology and healthcare and certificate programs. As a community college in New Jersey, CCM has the highest graduation rate among many others. Furthermore, the college offers other adult services like a healthy summer specialty program for middle and high school students. The summer program entails rocketry, astronomy,... See full description.

Delaware Technical & Community College

Dover, The United States
Delaware Technical & Community College (DTCC) came into existence in 1966, comprising of 4 campuses. The campuses include Owens campus in Georgetown, Delaware, Stanton Campus in Newark, Terry campus in Dover and Wilmington campus in Wilmington. DTCC offers more than 140 academic programs consisting of 48 degree programs and 61 Certificate opportunities. Delaware Technical has a varsity team known as Roadrunners which has both a baseball and softball team. The baseball team was crowned champions in 2001 at the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, The United States
Delgado Community College is a community college situated in Louisiana with two campuses. The main campus is based in Navarre and is known as the City Park Campus. DCC is one of the few colleges which operate under the supervision of Louisiana Community and Technical College System. DCC stems into seven units: Allied Health, Arts & Humanities, Business & Technology, Charity School of Nursing, Communication, Science & Mathematics and Technical Division. DTCC is certified by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Denver Adaptation School (DASchool, LLC)

Denver
We help people to adapt to new life circumstances by providing educational courses that are in demand on the job market for an affordable price. We teach- Computer Basics, English language, Russian language, Spanish language. Programming courses: Java, JavaScript, HTML+CSS, PHP, C++, Python and Graphic Design courses: Photoshop, Illustrator.

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, The United States
Eastern Arizona College started its operations in 1888 at Graham County, Arizona as a local community college. EAC has other campuses in Gila County and Greenlee County. EAC is governed by the state of Arizona. EAC has nine academic units: Business, Communicative Arts, Fine Arts, Health, Industrial Technology, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. EAC offers five different locations for accommodations within the campus which includes the houses: Mark Allen, Wesley Taylor, Nellie Lee and two Residence Towers. EAC is a member of the Higher Learning Commission’s... See full description.

Eastern Maine Community College

Bangor, The United States
EMCC started its operations in 1966 at Bangor, Maine, United States, as a local community college. The EMCC campus comprises of a gymnasium, residence halls, dining facility, technical resource centre, library and a child care centre which serves the purpose of an instructional lab for children. EMCC also has three campuses in East Millinocket, Dover Focroft and Ellsworth. EMCC offers more than 30 one & two year educational programs specializing in technical, career and transfer education. There are also short term and specialized training and retraining programs related to business,... See full description.

Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, The United States
Ellsworth Community College is a two-year community college, based in Iowa Falls, Iowa. The institution was established in 1890 as a private business academy. Later on, it turned into a four-year college, a music conservatory, and a public junior college. The institution provides three different degree programs: the Arts and Science Degrees are two-year programs, aimed at students, who are planning to enter the professional workforce, but do not wish to earn a degree from a four-year college; Career and Technical Degrees & Diplomas offer hands-on training in a great range of vocational... See full description.

Erie Community College, North Campus

Williamsville, The United States
Erie Community College is a two-year community college, and it is part of the 64-campus SUNY system. It is the fourth-largest community college in the state of New York. The institution receives more than thirteen thousand students. The college operates three campuses, which are based in Buffalo, Williamsville, and Orchard Park. ECC has made available over 90 associate degree and certificate programs, non-credit courses and training programs. Furthermore, n March 2011, ECC announced a partnership through which ECC Criminal Justice graduates are able to enroll on a Cazenovia Baccalaureate... See full description.

Fashion Institute of Design and Mechandising (FIDM)

Los Angeles, The United States
Fashion Institute of design and Merchandizing was established in Los Angeles, in 1969 by its President TonianHohberg. The faculties include Business Administration, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design and many more. FIDM takes pride in its four campuses with a student population of about 7,500; it has produced over 47,000 graduates worldwide. FIDM claims that many of their graduates now own various companies, some are celebrities and a handful of them work for multinational Art and Designs companies, with over 90% of these graduates getting employed within 6... See full description.

Fremont Adult School

Fremont, The United States
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education is a division of the Fremont Unified Schools district which focuses on lifelong learning. Its purpose is to provide adults the opportunity to gain essential skills that will enable them to enhance their social, work, and family life. They aim to provide flexible, personalized education, tailored to each person’s cultural and educational background. The variety of courses offered is very rich; they range from Adult Basic Education courses to ESL ones, and Parent and Special Education courses. The school is located on Calaveras Avenue, Fremont, but... See full description.

Gateway Community College

New Haven, The United States
Gateway Community College is an educational institute situated in New Haven, Connecticut. The school teaches students, irrespective of their national background. It offers several Arts and Sciences courses and prepare students who wish to study in Universities or four-year college programs. The school is an outstanding college in the US and has been listed as a Top college in a list of top schools included in the New York Times. The school awards degrees ranging from an Associate in Arts (AA) degree through an Associate in Science (SS) degree to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS)... See full description.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects

Los Angeles, The United States
Gnomon School of Visual Effects is an institution specializing in computer graphics training for careers in the entertainment industry. The courses offered are Entertainment Design, Digital Production for Entertainment, Entertainment Design and Digital Production, Maya Fast Track, and Individual and Online courses. The school was founded in 1997, and is located in the heart of Hollywood. It collaborates with several major studios across Los Angeles, while the curriculum is designed to constantly develop with the aim to meet the entertainment industry’s demands. The Directors, Advisory... See full description.

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, The United States
Greenville Technical College is a famous educational institution with a 4-campus system where more than 15,000 students obtain education in several academic fields of life. The college opened doors to students n September, 1962 and is presently the state’s only teaching institution offering a program in Geomatics Technology. Over 120 programs are taught by Greenville Technical College in several academic areas like business, health and nursing, engineering, public service and industrial technology. This significant diversity creates a wide range of courses for prospective students to... See full description.
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About Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in The United States


The excellence and esteem of the United States’ higher education system, the colleges and universities for students on an academic track, often overshadows the merit of the country’s career colleges and vocational schools, both of which provide an equally superior educational and training experience for their students.  Career-minded students and adults who wish to avoid the general education requirements and the 4-5 year commitment of a traditional college or university degree program can opt instead to attend one of the country’s many vocationally-based schools—colleges and training centers that focus primarily on specific career fields in which a university degree is not requirement for entrance or success.  Below we will take a closer look at the U.S. system of vocational schools and career colleges, defining its structure and describing some of the attributes that make it so successful.

What Is Vocational Education in the United States?

In the United States, vocational education is typically a post-secondary pursuit, although in many states, cities and individual school districts it can begin as early as the latter part of high school for 11th and 12th grade students.  As a general rule of thumb, these schools normally span two years, and are either public—managed and funded by the government or school district—or private, in which case participants must pay for the education and training they receive.  In both cases, students are awarded a certificate of completion/proficiency upon graduation (the type of certificate or license will vary depending on the career field), which serves as proof they have taken the necessary training steps and are qualified and prepared to meet the challenges of that specific profession.

Community colleges, schools primarily found strictly in the United States, are, in some cases, also used for the purpose of vocational education, offering classes and certificate programs based on the needs of the surrounding community.

Sadly, during times of economic hardship in the United States, government funding for public vocational schools is often hit the hardest, either reduced or cut off completely.  This makes it very difficult for students and adults to receive the training they need, especially those students who cannot afford the often high-priced private career schools.

Vocational schools serve a very important purpose in U.S. society, training and educating adults and even students as young as high school age to fill support roles in fields such as healthcare and dentistry, law enforcement, hospitality services, technology and scores of service-related businesses, including automotive repair and electrical technician services.

Vocational schools and career colleges have a long and distinguished history in the United States, some dating back over two centuries or more.  Some of these schools, which began very modest, focusing strictly on a handful of career fields, have gone on to become some of the most prestigious universities in the United State,  renowned for the achievements of both past and present graduates. Familiar universities such as Carnegie Mellon and both the California and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology are consistently ranked among the world’s best colleges and universities, and each began as a vocational school.


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