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Vocational schools offer a wide variety for fields of study, such as:

  • Business and Office
  • Health
  • Trade and Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Occupational Home Economics
  • Tech and Communications

The Perkins Act was passed in 1990 and defined vocational education as, "organized educational programs offering a sequence of courses which are directly related to the preparation of individuals in paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging occupations requiring other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree."

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Top 15 jobs for vocational school graduates
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Elevator Installer/Repairer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Web Developer
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • IT Technician
  • Ironworker
  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Legal Assistant
  • Geological and Pertoleum Technician
  • HVACR Technician
  • Licensed Practical Nurse

Vocational Schools

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A vocational school, also called trade school or career school, is a form of education that is designed to teach students the valuable skills they need to perform a particular task or job. These schools usually provide practical training that focuses on a single field.

OK, so how is this any different than college? The main difference between trade school vs. college comes down to the type of training. College provides an academic training, while vocational school focuses exclusively on highly technical skills that help prepare students for a specific trade.

Here are a few more defining characteristics of vocational schools

  • Provide hands-on, practical learning
  • Offer accelerated learning programs (less than two years)
  • May require apprenticeships to further their knowledge
  • May require prior certification or credentials
School/University Contact Information
Florida Institute of Technology Bob Rowe
Phone: (321) 674-8030
Fortis Institute Charlotte Ruiz
Phone: (850) 462-1125
George Stone Technical College Steven Brooks
Phone: (850) 941-6200
Georgia Institute of Technology Caroline Cox
Phone: (404) 894-4154