You've probably heard of vocational schools, but you may not know exactly what they are or how they differ from a traditional college or university. While a traditional university program may require students to take classes in a wide variety of subjects in order to earn a degree, vocational schools are focused on training students for specific skilled careers. The popular careers include radiology technologist, medical and dental assistant, dental hygienist, information technology, automotive technician, welder, culinary, paralegal and much more.
RWM firmly believes that Real Work Matters and people in these professions make valuable contributions to our society every day. RWM offers an exhaustive database of post-secondary schools in all 50 states. The RWM Vocational School Database includes on-campus and online schools, along with information on getting a high school diploma online. RWM features schools that offer certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees in business, skilled trades, health care, technical and more. Search our school database by city, state, program or career interest. Learn more about educational requirements and schools available.
RWM offers advice and tools to help you explore careers and programs:
Top Vocational Jobs Tool: Take an in-depth look at trends and forecasts for in-demand careers. Find average educational attainment, salary trends and more.
Programs: Search by subject for online and on campus programs. You'll find dozens of career possibilities and training programs.
Careers: Learn about the top careers in skilled trades, automotive technology, construction, electronics, health care, business and more.
Programs by Location: Use our interactive state tool to find vocational and trade programs in your city and state.
Vocational Insights: Find the most up-to-date information, news and trends in education.
Some schools listed in the database are state licensed and/or accredited. Accreditation is a voluntary process a school may request from an accrediting body. While the U.S. Department of Education does not accredit schools, the Secretary of Education does maintain a list of accrediting bodies deemed reliable to assess the quality of education or training received at the school. You can access the database of accredited schools at the Department of Education website to see if your school is accredited.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests that before choosing a school, students should check with the school's accrediting body to ensure proper standards are being met. The school's catalog should have contact information for its accrediting body. The FTC also suggests paying special attention to the schools facilities and instructors; determining if extra costs are involved; and asking about graduation, student loan debt incurred by students, and employment rates. You may also wish to check with the attorney general in your state to see if the school has any complaints against it.
The RWM Vocational School Database includes contact information for hundreds of schools along with links to their websites. You'll also find links to forms if you'd like more information directly from a specific school. The database also offers information on non-subscriber schools, though you'll want to check directly with them for the most current information. Whether you want to work in automotive, hvac, healthcare, construction, paralegal or any technology field, you'll find the courses and programs here that may help you achieve your career and life goals.
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