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technical schoolA career, vocational or a technical school is a shorter, less expensive, and career-driven alternative to traditional education.

This type of education is used either to supplement a traditional college education, such as in the case of an employee who wishes to get a higher degree to boost their income, or to gain specific career training for students who wish to pursue specific careers, such as health care, business or automobile mechanics.

Many traditional colleges offer few choices for career trades. The education at a technical school is focused for each particular program of study, rather than providing an educational overview. In addition, many employers will favorably look at the degree and or certification of those who attended a technical school over those who attended a traditional college.

Career-based programs

Technical schools offer a variety of programs, including diploma programs, technical certificates, and 2-year associate degree programs. Some technical schools will also offer short-term or career advancement courses, also known as Continuing Education courses.

There are hundreds of different areas of career educational courses to choose from. Some popular examples are:

  • Automotive Maintenance
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Computer Science
  • Auto Collision Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Nuclear Engineering Technology
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Legal Assisting
  • Paramedic

Technical schools tend to have small classes, which translates to more individual attention for each student. Night and weekend courses are also usually offered, in addition to the daytime course schedule.

Most technical schools also offer part-time classes or a full course load over the summer to make the completion of programs easier.

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