Vocational Schools, Online Degrees and Programs

Vocations cover broad categories--with roles spanning from that of automotive technician to electrician to locksmithing and beyond. From the traditional side, careers like carpentry and plumbing today still involve most of the same skills passed down from master to novice. Vocational programs and classes cover the basics, with much of the job skills necessary developed in field work as a journeyman. With recent catastrophic oil spills, prospective students might want to consider environmental science and protection technicians positions. These jobs are charged with conducting tests in the field to monitor and resolve pollution problems.

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When you come to Western Technical College, you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded individuals. Your classmates and friends are just as passionate about building a successful career as you are. Your instructors are totally dedicated to your success.

 

Everybody will work with you to allow you to successfully pursue a career in your chosen field. Each program is designed to train inexperienced students for entry-level employment or to upgrade skills for experienced professionals.

 

Welcome

 

At Western Technical College, “Welcome” is much more than simply a greeting. It is a belief that is embodied by each and every staff member — from the first time you contact us, through graduation and throughout your career.

 

We attract students from Ciudad Juarez, just across the border in Chihuahua, Mexico as well as Las Cruces, New Mexico, just an hour north. Being so close to Fort Bliss, we also provide career training for our military veterans.

 

Our Mission

 

Provide quality training and education in a caring, professional environment that prepares new students and working adults with the skills they need to succeed and advance in their chosen careers.

 

Locations:  El Paso, TX

Programs:
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology

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At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won't just train for a career. You'll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you'll get at UTI can put you on the fast track toward a rewarding career as a professional technician. Across the nation, you'll find UTI-trained technicians working in great jobs with leading manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops. 

Locations:  Exton, PA Mooresville, NC Sacramento, CA More...

Programs:
  • Automotive
  • Motorcycle
  • Diesel
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Get career ready with hands-on training from American Trade School!  American Trade School provides student focused courses with the mission of preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment in their prospective field of training.

 

American Trade School views employers as their customer and students as their product.  Their obligation to industry is to produce a quality product!  They are an employer-centered institution fully committed to giving full attention and effort to the development of students’ skills.  American Trade School continually seeks educational partnerships within the industry believing that communication between schools and employers is essential for success.

Locations:  Saint Ann, MO

Programs:
  • HVAC (AOS)
  • HVAC (Diploma)
  • Electrical (Diploma)

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How to Prepare for a Vocational Career

When considering a vocational program, candidates are advised to carefully evaluate the course requirements. Pharmacists’ assistants require formal training ranging from six months to two years, with on-the-job training of three to twelve months. Courses include medical terminology and record-keeping. Carpentry and allied fields, by contrast, tend to place greater emphasis on actual hands-on experience in the field as part of their training. A good place to begin assessing the expected future prospects of various trades is the Occupational Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pharmacy technicians can expect to enjoy ""much faster than average career advancement,"" according to BLS. On the other hand, carpentry is expected to grow at simply an ""average"" rate. Most vocations require a high school diploma or GED. While the carpenter can be expected to earn some $35,100 over all, his counterpart in high-rise construction can earn considerably more. This is particularly true of high-rise crane operators, who can earn up to some $69,600 on average or even more; the San Francisco Bay Area is a region where this can be expected.

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