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Choosing a School

Some schools listed in the database are State Approved/Accredited. Accreditation is a voluntary process a school may request after State approval for two consecutive years. Accredited schools may offer federal financial aid such as Stafford and Perkins loans or Pell grants. Stafford loans require no financial qualification, Perkins loans are funded by the school at low interest rates, and Pell grants are heavily dependent on the student's financial situation. Contact the financial aid officer at the school to provide you with the necessary documents for student aid programs. Many student aid documents are now online.

Before choosing a school, review the content of the curriculum and meet with the school administrator and instructors, if possible. Ask about placement services and placement rates and for the names and telephone numbers of previous graduates. Talk to students presently in class. Previous students dissatisfied with the training offered may have contacted the State/Accrediting commission. Contact them and ask about recent complaints and how they were resolved. The school's catalog should have the address and telephone number of the State/Accrediting commission. You may also contact the State Department of Education.

Get information from the Federal Trade Commission on Choosing a Career or Vocational School.

The U.S. Department of Education provides information on Choosing a Career College or Technical School.

The RWM Vocational School database consists of schools with Links to their webpage and complete address information; Schools with Links to forms where you can obtain information from the school; Non-subscriber schools with address information but no links which may have incorrect information. 

Recent Articles:

  • The Rise of Vocational Degrees
    By Kaitlin Louie
    February 20, 2014
    As the shortage of skilled labor persists, the traditional four-year college degree is proving to be ineffective for some people. Tamar Jacoby of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "More Americans attend college today than ever before: this year, 42% of young people 18 to 24 years old. […]...Read More

  • Beating the averages: When vocational training tops a 4-year degree
    By Richard Barrington
    June 12, 2013
    Despite figures that show the benefits of 4-year degrees, vocational training might be more rewarding in many cases....Read More

  • Working outside the box
    By Justin Boyle
    May 10, 2013
    Gone are the days when people were given a single purpose for their skills and stuck to it like factory machines. Learn how you can find your transferable work skills and make the sort of career connections that can beef up your employability....Read More

  • Should Vocational Schools Teach Entrepreneurship?
    By Holly Johnson
    April 18, 2013
    Skills learned in vocational schools can transfer easily into an entrepreneurial setting. However, students are coming up short when it comes to starting their own businesses. Maybe it's time for vocational schools to teach entrepreneurship in order to better prepare their students....Read More

  • Where did all the machinists go?
    By Holly Johnson
    April 18, 2013
    Certain type of machinists are in high demand. Learn what machines need skilled operators and how to secure one of these highly sought-after jobs....Read More

Helpful Links

O*NET Online - Occupational Information Online - O*Net replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)

The Student Guide: Federal Financial Aid Programs - An overview of current federal financial aid programs, FASFA Link

NASFAA - An association of over 3,000 colleges and career schools with an interest in effective administration of student financial aid

U.S. Department of Labor - Employment & Training Administration (ETA) - Links to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Grants, Conferences and Hot news issues

Occupational Outlook Handbook - The premier Government publication on career guidance that provides essential information concerning changes in the world of work and the qualifications that will be necessary for tomorrow's workers

NACCAS - National Accrediting Commission for Barbering/Cosmetology/Massage Therapy Vocational Schools

Virtual Diagnostics - Offers career assessments for individuals exploring their career options. All tests are professionally developed by a psychologist and provided to individuals for their self-development.

Find a One-Stop Career Center - The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federally mandated program that is administered by the State. The State has One-Stop Centers to HELP you with Job Search, WIA Eligibility, FREE Vocational Training and many other services. If you are a Dislocated Worker you may receive funding to HELP you get Vocational Training in that new Career.