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What is Vocational School?

A vocational school, also called a trade school or career school, is an educational institution that prepares students for skilled, semi-skilled, technical, and professional careers. By teaching the skilled trades, vocational schools offer training in careers that require practical expertise. A vocational school can be the best way for an adult to re-enter the labor market.

These schools are career-focused, which means that every course a student takes is associated with the career for which he or she wants to train. Programs are generally shorter, more flexible and less expensive than four-year degrees. Career training that a student receives in a vocational school tends to be hands-on, often taking place in a setting similar to what would be seen in the workplace.

Class sizes of vocational schools tend to be smaller than typical liberal arts colleges, and class schedules tend to be more flexible, mainly because more non-traditional students attend.