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Technical and trade schools focus on providing students with hands-on education for a chosen career. Vocational schools offer degree and certification programs in a variety of fields. Attending a trade school can lead to a very profitable and rewarding career. Below are several terms used to describe popular vocational programs.

  • Medical Certification Program – A secondary education program that leads to a certificate to work in the medical field. Popular medical certification programs include nursing, ultrasound, radiology, medical assistant, medical coding, EMT, and dental assistant training. These programs offer targeted classes and hands-on experience for each profession.
  • Technical Institute – A school that offers courses and practical training in subjects like information technology, computer science, electronics, and engineering. Technical colleges have both certification and degree programs that take anywhere between two to four years to complete.
  • Construction Certification Programs – Programs that prepare students for careers as construction managers, contractors, electricians, plumbers, or heating and air conditioning technicians. These programs lead to licensing required to practice each profession.
  • Culinary School – A school that prepares its students for careers as chefs, pastry chefs, or restaurant managers. Like other vocational schools, culinary schools focus on hands on learning, and students typically spend most of their time preparing food.
  • Cosmetology School – A school that prepares students for careers as hair stylists, nail technicians, or estheticians. Cosmetologists are required to be licensed. Attending a cosmetology school is a good way to learn the skills required to obtain a license and have a successful career.
  • Internship/Apprenticeship – Temporary positions that give entry-level workers experience in a given field, an opportunity to make contacts, and possibly, course credit. Internships or apprenticeships may be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months long. Many vocational programs include internships or apprenticeships with the possibility of hire.
    Association for Career and Technical Education
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.
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    Westwood College
    7155 Janes Ave., Woodridge, IL 60517
    Earn an Associate Degree in as little as 17 Months! With an Education from Westwood, you could be on your way to a new career in less time. Flexible Courses across 35 Programs available.
    (630) 434-7655
    Computer Systems Institute Elgin Campus
    400 Airport Road, Elgin, IL 60123
    The CSI Elgin campus occupies 26,000 square feet at 400 Airport Road and feature 16 computer-equipped classrooms and labs. Morning, evening and weekend classes offered, with an emphasis on practical l
    (847) 400-0065
    Westwood College - O'Hare Airport Campus
    8501 W Higgins Rd Ste 100, Chicago, IL 60631
    Earn an Associate Degree in as little as 17 Months! With an Education from Westwood, you could be on your way to a new career in less time. Flexible Courses across 35 Programs available.
    (773) 380-6800
    Everest College
    150 S Lincoln Ave, Aurora, IL 60505
    (630) 896-2140
    Northwestern College
    1809 N Mill St Ste L, Naperville, IL 60563
    (630) 753-9091
    Everest College
    150 S Lincolnway Ste 100, North Aurora, IL 60542
    (630) 896-2140
    New Horizons Computer Learning Center
    2151 Sudbury St, Naperville, IL 60564
    (630) 904-7877
    Strayer University
    1431 Opus Pl Ste 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    (630) 874-6200
    EQUITYMaxx Business Development Group
    Downers Grove, IL 60515
    (855) 468-5480
    Universal Technical Institute
    601 Regency Dr, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
    (630) 529-1015
    Everest College
    6880 N Frontage Rd Ste 400, Willowbrook, IL 60527
    (630) 920-1102
    Mercedes Benz Itasca Training Center
    295 Spring Lake Dr, Itasca, IL 60143
    (630) 250-0229
    Illinois Central School Bus
    2400 Glenwood Ave, Joliet, IL 60435
    (815) 730-8193
    Sanford-Brown College Hillside
    4600 Roosevelt Rd Ste 100, Hillside, IL 60162
    (866) 461-5444
    Chicago Area Dry Wall Apprenticeship
    1101 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163
    (708) 449-9022

    Not all career paths lead you to a traditional education at a four year university. There are many jobs that require vocational or technical training that can be done at a trade institution. Students of these programs learn basic and advanced techniques in trades like culinary arts, auto mechanics, medical billing, and certain technology based careers. The first career college arose in the United States in 1832. By the mid-1830s as many as 15 to 20 private institutes had popped up around the nation. The 1900s saw the invention of adding machines and the typewriter along with a major influx of women in the workplace, bringing more students to technical institutions for business training. Many vocational institutes, sometimes called post secondary schools, consist of only two year long programs, making them equivalent to an Associates Degree. Some are public and run by the local government or school district while others are private and require higher tuition costs. Community colleges are also known to offer technical education courses. When searching for a proper place to learn, make sure the institution not only teaches classes in the job you desire, but is also a nationally accredited school. If your occupation requires you to move on to a four year university, accredited programs give you a higher chance of the college accepting your credits. Online courses are often available for technical education, but these can be hit or miss with even transferring credits to trade schools. Be careful where you spend your hard earned money.
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