Trade and Vocational Schools in Lancaster, PA

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Also known as Pennsylvania Dutch County, Lancaster is nationally famous for its large Amish population. The town has dozens of attractions for families, such as carriage rides, tours through farmland, and the Field of Screams (America's #1 haunted attraction). Lancaster has over 80,000 acres of farmland and is one of Pennsylvania's largest furniture manufacturing hubs. With its thriving agricultural industry and charming character, Lancaster is a wonderful town to live in and visit. Lancaster's rural industries make the town an especially great location for vocational and trade students.

Top Industries and Employers in Lancaster

Some of the top employers in the town include Lancaster General Hospital, RR Donnelley Communications, Armstrong World Industries (an architectural design and construction firm), and Turkey Hill (a dairy farm). With businesses like this in the area, workers can find some of the highest-paying careers in the following industries:

Lancaster is also home to numerous small farms and businesses looking to hire local artisans and skilled workers.

Why Is Lancaster Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

Though Lancaster is in a fairly rural area, the town has a few very highly rated vocational programs for high school students and adults alike. These programs specialize in helping Lancaster residents prepare for some of the fastest-growing industries in this region of Pennsylvania.

  • Lancaster County Career and Technical Training offers workforce training and development programs for workers interested in HVAC repair, CDL training, practical nursing, welding, manufacturing, and more. This school allows students to take courses online in addition to getting practical, hands-on experience.

  • YTI Career Institute designs courses to model industry needs in a variety of fields. In particular, this school is known for its classes for becoming a first responder, a restaurant chef, and a dental/medical assistant.

Lancaster is a beautiful Pennsylvania town with a rich history and lots of character. As an interesting place to live with a bunch of affordable trade schools, it's not hard to imagine why Lancaster is a good city for vocational students.

Learning a skill is an affordable way to enhance your job prospects. Learn more about what it's like to learn a trade by visiting other pages on our site.

Learn More about Lancaster


Total Population59,503

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College4,318
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$19,001
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,570
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$30,894


Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Commutes by Walking12.2%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.9%
% Commutes by Public Transportation5.2%


Median Housing Cost$872
Median Gross Rent$834
Median House Value$111,800
Source: American Community Survey, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau,
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