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Portland Vocational Schools, Trade Schools and Technical Schools

Portland Vocational Schools, Trade Schools and Technical Schools

As the third largest export center on the West Coast, Portland, Oregon boasts a $12 billion import and export industry supported by shipping, aviation, highways, and rail. The city offers a number of career opportunities relating to mechanics, logistics, engineering, and information technology, making Portland a major employment outlet for trade-specific technical schools and trade schools offering certificates, diplomas and degre in the region. However, shipping and transportation related training are not the only industries that offer career opportunities after vocational training. Since World War II, Portland has earned a reputation as a major high-technology hub, with more than 1,200 companies springing up over the past sixty years. Computer technicians, IT support staff, data processors, software programmers, and hardware technologists represent but a fraction of the potential job opportunities available once students complete the requisite courses at one of Portland's trade and technical schools. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following number of jobs held in May in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area:

  • Manufacturing. 118,000
  • Information. 23,000
  • Education and Health Services. 135,000
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities. 193,000

Portland Trade Schools and the Economy

With a population of 575,930, Portland is the most populous city in Oregon. Several large companies have their headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Portland-Beaverton area. Along with technology and manufacturing, the health care industry in Portland offers numerous career opportunities. According to HUD, the median family income in Portland was $63,800 in 2007. The BLS reports the following median hourly wages:

  • Computer Support Specialists. $19.96
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians. $28.42
  • Physical Therapist Assistants. $21.75
  • Chefs and Head Cooks. $17.04

Portland also enjoys a thriving tourist and convention trade. Portland welcomed approximately 9.6 million visitors in 2008. Along with manufacturing, health, and information jobs, Portland trade and vocational schools offer students the opportunity to train for tourism-based jobs as well.

Schools are available in the following Portland zip codes: 97209, 97223, 97301, 97225, 97220, 97302, 97205. Begin your career training at one of our Portland area Schools today.
Vocational Schools in Portland, Oregon
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Portland
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With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Interior Design (BFA), Culinary Management (BS), Digital Film & Video (BFA), and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 1122 N.W. Davis Street Portland, OR 97209

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : B.S. in Environmental Science, Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction, and more..

Campus Locations :

Tigard: 13221 SW 68th Parkway Suite 500 Tigard, OR 97223

Online: Online, OR

Salem: 670 Hawthorne Ave. S.E. Salem, OR 97301

Five colleges of study.  One clear focus: Your career success. Earn the respect of employers with a degree you can earn on campus, online or both.

Programs : Associate - Web Graphic Design, Bachelor's - Accounting, Master's-Business Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: Peterkort Center II 9754 SW Barnes Road Ste.150 Portland, OR 97225

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Chicago: Chicago, IL

Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

Programs : M.S.Ed - Professional Development (Grades PreK-12), M.S. in Accounting - Accounting for the Professional, D.B.A. - Marketing, and more..

Campus Locations :

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Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course, and more..

Campus Locations :

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Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : BS - Project Management and Administration: IT Option, AS - Criminology and Forensic Technology, AS - Graphic Communications and Design, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 9500 NE Cascades Parkway Portland, OR 97220

Salem: 4825 Commercial Street SE, Suite 100 Salem, OR 97302

Get hands-on training with Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America.

Programs : Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Online - Associate Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management 60 weeks, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland - Certificate in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Online - Bachelor Degree in Culinary Management, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 600 SW 10th Avenue Suite 400 Portland, OR 97205

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Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs : Writing Children's Books, Medical Transcription, Medical Office Assisting, and more..

Campus Locations :

Norcross: Norcross, GA

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

Programs : Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online), Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online), Music Business, Bachelor of Science (Online), and more..

Campus Locations :

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Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

Programs : M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, B.A. in Christian Studies, M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure), and more..

Campus Locations :

: 3300 W Camelback Road , OR

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