Education Guys: Guide to Technical Education

List of 75 Trade Schools

Published:February 16, 2010

We have chosen to list the the public schools for vocational and career training – the community colleges in each state. Our selections vary based on quality programs, unusual academic offerings and intangibles like class size and academic variety. Here is a list of stand-out schools for some states and links to the community college systems for other states, so you may look over all of the options yourself.


  • Jefferson State Community College : Degrees in CAD Design, Industrial Technology, Telecommunications, and several medical fields including nursing and radiographic technology.


  • Prince William Sound Community College operates three campuses, providing an Industrial Technology degree that includes Oil Spill Response, Safety Management and Electrical Power Generation majors.


  • Maricopa Community College District: Ten campuses offering over one thousand degree and certificate options. Divisions include IT, Public Safety and Health Care, which covers sonography, pharmacy and medical technician among others.




  • The Community College of Denver offers a biomedical research assistant degree, two degrees in machine technology and associates degrees as prep for a half dozen medical careers.


  • The Connecticut Community College System has a Health Care Institute that offers sophisticated training for surgical technologist, ultrasound technician and occupational therapy assistant along with dozens of other programs.


District of Columbia


  • Miami Dade College has a School of Aviation that offers degrees and vocational training, a School of Nursing and a School of Entertainment and Design Technology


  • Georgia Perimeter College has 24,000 students at five campuses in the Atlanta metro area. AS degrees include nursing, radiologic technology and dental hygiene.


  • The University of Hawaii System operates seven community colleges with vocational studies in areas that include the culinary arts, building trades and hotel operations.



  • City Colleges of Chicago operates seven campuses and a culinary academy. Interesting options on campus include a Certificate in Addiction Studies and degrees in Environmental Technology and in Computer Information Systems.


  • Ivy Tech Community College operates 23 campuses with 130,000 students enrolled yearly. The school offers Associates Degrees in Kinesiology, Biotechnology, and Electrical Engineering Technology.






  • Southern Maine Community College offers Associates’ programs in Fire Science Technology, Cardiovascular Technology (Ultrasound) and Architecture & Engineering Design.


  • Community College of Baltimore County has an extensive academic catalogue that includes Associates degrees in forensic science, in Paramedic (EMT), and a nursing program with an RN track.



  • Lake Michigan College operates four campuses that offer, among dozens of options, degrees in dental hygiene, graphic design and forensics.




  • Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City has five campuses with eighty career programs that include HVAC, Industrial Electrical Technology, and CAD Design.




  • The College of Southern Nevada has a construction management program, a degree in surveying and a degree in architectural drafting and design – and a job placement program with excellent outreach.

New Hampshire

  • Manchester Community College has a business program that includes an Associates’ in Marketing, one in Management and one in Personal Finance.

New Jersey

  • Bergen Community College operates three campuses in the northern portion of the state, offering programs in Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Design and Electronics Technology.

New Mexico

New York

  • Nassau Community College: Associates degrees are available in Marketing, Retail Business Management, Fashion Buying & Merchandising and Interior Design for those interested in the NY fashion industry.

North Carolina

  • Forsyth Technical Community College has a large and diverse range of degree offerings, which include the classroom work for students pursuing careers in welding, plumbing, carpentry and HVAC.

North Dakota

  • Bismarck State College is a two-year institution with dozens of degree options that include Associates in Computer Science, in which the student learns several programming languages.



  • Tulsa Community College has at least fifteen child development degree and certificate options ranging from Teacher Assistant to Head Start Credential to Early Childhood Education transfer options.


  • Portland Community College has three campuses that service over 86,000 students enrolled in degree programs, continuing education programs, professional training programs and distance learning.


  • Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh operates four campuses that enroll over 30,000 credit students and 35,000 non-credit students annually. Online options include degrees in Accounting, Software Development and IT Support.

Rhode Island

  • Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick is the largest CC in New England, offering career academic options in twenty two departments, including Allied Health, Rehabilitative Health and Nursing.

South Carolina

  • The South Carolina Technical College System operates sixteen campuses statewide that are engaged in the Apprenticeship Carolina program, aligning its educational programs with state industrial employment needs.

South Dakota

  • Kilian Community College in Sioux Falls has degree and certificate programs in medical coding, information systems and medical assisting.


  • Nashville State Community College lists their top 5 Associates degrees by enrollment as Police Science, Computer Networking Technology, Visual Communications, General Technology and Business Management.



  • Salt Lake Community College has an apprenticeship training program for 22 skilled trades, including diesel technology, brick masonry and operating engineers/


  • Community College of Vermont operates thirteen campuses. The online degree programs include Associates’ in Criminal Justice, Accounting, Education and Business.


  • Northern Virginia Community College operates eight campuses and teaching centers. Their Medical Campus offers degrees in Nursing, Radiography Technician, Respiratory Therapy, Health Information Management and several other disciplines.


  • Bates Technical College in Tacoma has three campuses that offer dozens of degrees and certificates in programs such as digital media, electrical construction, culinary arts and machinist.

West Virginia



Here is a list of top private schools with vocational and trade academic options folded into their curriculum in some fashion or another. Most have multiple campuses in multiple states; some are stand-alone facilities and some are solely online academic institutions.

  1. Everest University offers programs in medical assisting, dental assisting, paralegal and homeland security.
  2. ITT Technical Institute has Associates degree programs in computer forensics and network systems; criminal justice and drafting. They operate 105 campuses in 37 states.
  3. New England Institute of Technology has programs in aviation, auto, and marine technology along with mechanical and electrical engineering associates degrees.
  4. Kaplan Career Institute has campuses in eight states that offer certificate programs in medical assisting, medical office management, dental assisting, and an associates program in criminal justice.
  5. Universal Technical Institute specializes in automotive, motorcycle, diesel and marine training. They have twelve locations in eight states.
  6. Penn Foster College offers dozens of vocational programs including auto repair, diesel technology and cabinetry.
  7. Westwood College
  8. Sanford-Brown Institute has certificate and diploma programs in several medical fields including ultrasound, surgical technology and medical billing. There are sixteen campuses.

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