Trade Schools in Nevada

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Health care, manufacturing and information technology are three of the top industries in Nevada, according to the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development. These sectors are some of the most common landing spots for graduates of trade schools in Nevada, and the jobs they offer can provide the kind of career stability that's hard to achieve with just a high school diploma.

The benefits of training at career and technical schools in Nevada may be even greater in certain cities and metro areas. If you're hoping to go into carpentry, plumbing or construction management, for example, Henderson offers one of the fastest-growing residential markets in the country. Medical sonographers earn the state's highest average wages in the area around Reno — about $10,000 more per year than the statewide average.

Why is Nevada Good for Vocational/Technical Schools?

Earning a degree or certificate from career technical education (CTE) schools in Nevada comes with a few advantages over a traditional four-year university education. For one, two-year trade and vocational schools typically charge far less than universities do — annual average tuition and fees in 2018 came to $5,920 for universities and just $3,075 at technical schools and community colleges.

CTE certification programs in Nevada also tend to take less time than academic bachelor's degrees. Most vocational certificates can be earned in a year or less of full-time study, and associate degrees for high-tech positions can be completed in two years in most cases.

Whether you're continuing your education to advance in your field or seeking your first CTE certification in Nevada, there's information on this page that can help you make an informed decision for your own career. Read on for a list of the state's best trade and vocational schools and some tips on how to apply for financial aid in Nevada.

Highest-Paying and Fastest-Growing Careers in Nevada

Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,

How to Apply for Financial Aid in Nevada Trade Schools

It may typically be less expensive to attend trade school than get a university degree, but financial aid can still be a big help to students hoping to change careers. Aid can be awarded on multiple levels -- federal, state and directly through your school -- but it's important to make sure you do what it takes to qualify for the funds that might be available.

The most important document for students hoping to qualify for Nevada scholarships and grants is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filling out the FAFSA is the only way to be considered for federal aid programs like Stafford Loans and the Pell Grant, and many state or institutional aid committees will only consider applicants who have a FAFSA on file with their school's financial aid department.

For more info about the FAFSA and tips on how to apply for financial aid in Nevada, check out our financial aid guide. Here's a quick list of Nevada programs that offer financial aid to trade school students:

  • Nevada Promise Scholarship - This program pays for up to three years of tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying students at Nevada community colleges.
  • Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS) - Graduates of public or private high schools in Nevada who attend eligible institutions can be awarded up to $10,000 per year through this merit-based program.
  • Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG) - Students at eligible institutions may qualify for this state-based program, which offers up to $5,500 per year in aid for costs unmet by other aid.

Resources for Vocational Students and Vocational Job Seekers in Nevada

  • The Nevada System of Higher Education offers a world of information on universities, community colleges and trade schools in Nevada.
  • Once you're finished with your training program and ready to head out into the workforce, check with Nevada JobConnect to help get you started.
  • It's important to make sure your trade school is accredited, especially if you want to continue your education to a higher level in the future. Regional accreditation of career schools in Nevada is provided by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and individual programs are accredited by industry groups such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.

The Nevada state page at Advance CTE, an information portal for career technical education regionally and nationwide, has more info and statistics about trade and technical schools in Nevada. You can also find more general information about career training in higher education from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).


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