U.S. Colleges & Trade Schools for Career Education

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You can use the post-secondary school finder below or browse the listings on this page to quickly discover online or on-campus programs for students in your region. You can also easily request information from any school that interests you. Graduating from a career-focused college offers the potential for higher income and better employment opportunities.

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Learn more about the potential benefits of attending a career college by checking out the article below the school listings on this page. And explore the rest of this website to find additional information about career options and a wide variety of relevant topics to post-secondary students.


Advanced Technology Institute
Advanced Technology Institute

Advanced Technology Institute

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

All-State Career
All-State Career

All-State Career

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Lester, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

All-State Career School
All-State Career School

All-State Career School

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Essington, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

American Institute
American Institute

American Institute

  • West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Clifton, New Jersey
  • Somerset, New Jersey
  • Toms River, New Jersey



Automotive Training Center
Automotive Training Center

Automotive Training Center

  • Exton and Warminster, Pennsylvania

Berkeley College
Berkeley College

Berkeley College

  • Newark
  • Paramus
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodland Park
  • New York City
  • Available to residents of NJ and NY

Blake Austin College
Blake Austin College

Blake Austin College

  • Vacaville, California


Carrington College
Carrington College

Carrington College

  • Glendale
  • Mesa
  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Citrus Heights
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • San Leandro
  • Stockton
  • Boise
  • Las Vegas
  • Reno
  • Albuquerque
  • Portland
  • Spokane


CDA Technical Institute
CDA Technical Institute

CDA Technical Institute

  • Jacksonville, Florida


Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas

Central Christian College of Kansas


Only available to residents of some states
  • Online

Charter College
Charter College

Charter College

  • Anchorage
  • Wasilla
  • Lancaster
  • Oxnard
  • Billings
  • Missoula
  • Farmington
  • East Wenatchee
  • Fife
  • Lacey
  • Pasco
  • Vancouver
  • Yakima

The College of Westchester
The College of Westchester

The College of Westchester

  • White Plains, New York
  • Online


Delta Technical College
Delta Technical College

Delta Technical College

  • Horn Lake, Mississippi
  • Ridgeland, Mississippi

Dorsey College
Dorsey College

Dorsey College

  • Dearborn
  • Madison Heights
  • Roseville
  • Saginaw
  • Wayne
  • Woodhaven

Eastern International College
Eastern International College

Eastern International College

  • Belleville, New Jersey
  • Jersey City, New Jersey

Eastwick College
Eastwick College

Eastwick College

  • Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Nutley, New Jersey
  • Ramsey, New Jersey

ECPI University
ECPI University

ECPI University

  • Orlando (Lake Mary)
  • Charlotte
  • Greensboro
  • Raleigh
  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Greenville
  • San Antonio
  • Manassas (Northern VA)
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • Virginia Beach
  • Online

Edge Tech Academy
Edge Tech Academy

Edge Tech Academy

  • Arlington, Texas

Florida Career College
Florida Career College

Florida Career College

  • Boynton Beach
  • Hialeah
  • Jacksonville
  • Lauderdale Lakes
  • Margate
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Tampa
  • West Palm Beach
  • Houston

Florida National University
Florida National University

Florida National University

  • Hialeah, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Online in Florida


Florida Technical College
Florida Technical College

Florida Technical College

  • DeLand
  • Kissimmee
  • Lakeland
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • South Miami
  • Tampa

Fortis College
Fortis College

Fortis College

  • Dothan
  • Foley
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Cutler Bay
  • Orange Park
  • Atlanta
  • Indianapolis
  • Baton Rouge
  • Landover
  • Centerville
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Columbia
  • Houston South
  • Salt Lake City
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond

Fortis Institute
Fortis Institute

Fortis Institute

  • Birmingham
  • Pensacola
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Towson
  • Lawrenceville
  • Wayne
  • Forty Fort
  • Scranton
  • Cookeville
  • Nashville
  • Houston North

Fremont College
Fremont College

Fremont College

  • Cerritos, California

Full Sail University
Full Sail University

Full Sail University

  • Winter Park, Florida
  • Online



Gwinnett Colleges & Institute
Gwinnett Colleges & Institute

Gwinnett Colleges & Institute

  • Orlando
  • Lilburn
  • Marietta
  • Sandy Springs
  • Raleigh


Hunter Business School
Hunter Business School

Hunter Business School

  • Levittown, New York
  • Medford, New York

Institute of Technology
Institute of Technology

Institute of Technology

  • Modesto, California
  • Salem, Oregon

InterCoast
InterCoast

InterCoast

  • Fairfield
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Riverside
  • West Covina
  • California Residents Only


J-Tech Institute
J-Tech Institute

J-Tech Institute

  • Jacksonville, Florida

Keiser University
Keiser University

Keiser University

  • Clearwater
  • Daytona Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Jacksonville
  • Lakeland
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Naples
  • New Port Richey
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sarasota
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • West Palm Beach
  • Online

Lansdale School of Business
Lansdale School of Business

Lansdale School of Business

  • North Wales, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Laurus College
Laurus College

Laurus College

  • Atascadero, California
  • Oxnard, California
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Santa Maria, California
  • Online

Lincoln Culinary Institute
Lincoln Culinary Institute

Lincoln Culinary Institute

  • Shelton, Connecticut
  • Columbia, Maryland

Lincoln Tech
Lincoln Tech

Lincoln Tech

  • Denver
  • East Windsor
  • New Britain
  • Shelton
  • Marietta (Atlanta)
  • Melrose Park
  • Indianapolis
  • Columbia
  • Somerville
  • Iselin (Edison)
  • Mahwah
  • Moorestown
  • Paramus
  • South Plainfield
  • Union
  • Queens
  • Allentown
  • Philadelphia
  • Lincoln
  • Nashville
  • Grand Prairie


McCann School of Business & Technology
McCann School of Business & Technology

McCann School of Business & Technology

  • Monroe, Louisiana
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Midwest Technical Institute
Midwest Technical Institute

Midwest Technical Institute

  • East Peoria, Illinois
  • Moline, Illinois
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Springfield, Missouri

Midwestern Career College
Midwestern Career College

Midwestern Career College

  • Blue Island, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Naperville, Illinois

Mildred Elley
Mildred Elley

Mildred Elley

  • Albany, New York
  • NYC Metro, New York
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Miller-Motte College
Miller-Motte College

Miller-Motte College

  • Augusta
  • Columbus
  • Macon
  • Fayetteville
  • Jacksonville
  • Raleigh
  • Wilmington
  • Charleston
  • Conway
  • Chattanooga


Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Orlando, Florida

National Aviation Academy
National Aviation Academy

National Aviation Academy

  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Concord, Massachusetts

New England Tractor Trailer Training School
New England Tractor Trailer Training School

New England Tractor Trailer Training School

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Somers, Connecticut
  • North Andover, Massachusetts
  • Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Northeast Technical Institute
Northeast Technical Institute

Northeast Technical Institute

  • Auburn, Maine
  • Bangor, Maine
  • Scarborough, Maine




Pennco Tech
Pennco Tech

Pennco Tech

  • Blackwood, New Jersey
  • Bristol, Pennsylvania


Platt College
Platt College

Platt College

  • Anaheim, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Ontario, California
  • Riverside, California


Porter and Chester Institute
Porter and Chester Institute

Porter and Chester Institute

  • Enfield
  • Hamden
  • New London
  • Rocky Hill
  • Stratford
  • Waterbury
  • Brockton
  • Chicopee
  • Worcester


Rasmussen University
Rasmussen University

Rasmussen University

  • Only available to residents of some states
  • Aurora/Naperville
  • Mokena/Tinley Park
  • Rockford
  • Romeoville/Joliet
  • Kansas City/Overland Park
  • Topeka
  • Blaine
  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove
  • Eagan
  • Lake Elmo/Woodbury
  • Mankato
  • Moorhead
  • St. Cloud
  • Green Bay


Remington College
Remington College

Remington College

  • Mobile
  • Baton Rouge
  • Lafayette
  • Shreveport
  • Cleveland
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Dallas (Garland)
  • Fort Worth
  • North Houston (Greenspoint)
  • North Houston Satellite (Webster)
  • Only available to residents of some states

Ross College
Ross College

Ross College

  • Quad Cities
  • Hopkinsville
  • Grand Rapids
  • Jackson
  • Sylvania

Ross Medical Education Center
Ross Medical Education Center

Ross Medical Education Center

  • Evansville
  • Granger
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Erlanger (Northern Kentucky)
  • Owensboro
  • Battle Creek
  • Brighton
  • Canton
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Kalamazoo
  • Madison Heights
  • Midland
  • Muskegon
  • New Baltimore
  • Port Huron
  • Saginaw
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Ontario
  • Knoxville
  • Morgantown


San Joaquin Valley College
San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College

  • Atascadero
  • Bakersfield
  • Delano
  • Fresno
  • Fresno - Trades Education Center
  • Hanford
  • Hesperia
  • Lancaster
  • Madera
  • Modesto
  • Ontario
  • Porterville
  • Rancho Mirage
  • Santa Maria
  • Temecula
  • Visalia

South Hills School of Business & Technology
South Hills School of Business & Technology

South Hills School of Business & Technology

  • Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • State College, Pennsylvania

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • McAllen
  • San Antonio
  • Weslaco

Southeastern College
Southeastern College

Southeastern College

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Columbia, South Carolina

Southern California Health Institute
Southern California Health Institute

Southern California Health Institute

  • North Hollywood, California

Southern Careers Institute
Southern Careers Institute

Southern Careers Institute

  • Austin
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • Harlingen
  • Pharr
  • San Antonio
  • Waco


Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College

Southern Technical College

  • Auburndale
  • Brandon
  • Ft. Myers
  • Orlando
  • Port Charlotte
  • Sanford
  • Tampa

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Riverside, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sullivan University
Sullivan University

Sullivan University

  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Louisville, Kentucky

Summit College
Summit College

Summit College

  • El Cajon, California
  • San Bernardino, California
  • Santa Ana, California

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

  • Bridgeview
  • Chicago
  • Elgin
  • Glendale Heights
  • Libertyville
  • Normal
  • Peoria
  • Rockford
  • Urbana
  • Bloomington
  • Highland
  • Indianapolis
  • Lafayette
  • Janesville

Tulsa Welding School
Tulsa Welding School

Tulsa Welding School

  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

UEI College
UEI College

UEI College

  • Mesa
  • Phoenix
  • Bakersfield
  • Chula Vista
  • Encino
  • Fresno
  • Garden Grove
  • Gardena
  • Huntington Park
  • Oceanside
  • Ontario
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • Stockton
  • West Covina


Unitek College
Unitek College

Unitek College

  • Concord, California
  • Fremont, California
  • Sacramento, California

Universal Technical Institute
Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute

  • Avondale
  • Long Beach
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Sacramento
  • Orlando
  • Lisle
  • Bloomfield
  • Mooresville
  • Exton
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Houston

University of Silicon Valley
University of Silicon Valley

University of Silicon Valley

  • San Jose, California

YTI Career Institute
YTI Career Institute

YTI Career Institute

  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • York, Pennsylvania


Career College Graduates Snapshot

Full-Time Employment
Within 6 Months

Personal Income
Average Gain

  • Gallup
  • Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU)

Why Some Students Prefer Career Colleges

A smiling woman with one hand resting on a laptop keyboard and the other hand holding a coffeeIn a nationwide survey of career college graduates, about 43 percent of the respondents said they had attended other post-secondary schools before going to CECU-member career colleges. The most common factors they cited as motivations for switching to such schools included:

  • Shorter program lengths
  • The chance to gain more expertise in a particular field
  • Career-oriented courses of study with more structure
  • Opportunities for hands-on experience
  • Class schedule flexibility
  • An emphasis on educating adult learners
  • Classes with fewer students
  • Shorter distance from home or work
  • Recommendations from other people
  • Not needing or wanting a liberal arts education

Among all surveyed graduates, nearly 60 percent of them said they felt satisfied with their career education. Among surveyed veterans and military members who graduated from career colleges, the satisfaction rate was about 71 percent.

Return on Investment (ROI)

WWhen it comes to post-secondary education, ROI is generally determined by comparing the cost of attending school to your potential short- and long-term career outcomes after graduating.

The cost of attendance includes the total tuition and fees you pay, as well as your living expenses. It also includes the learning materials, supplies, and technology you have to purchase to complete your studies. You can calculate your net cost by factoring in the financial aid you receive. (If you receive student aid that doesn't need to be repaid, such as grants or scholarships, subtract that amount from the overall cost. If you take out student loans that must be paid back, add the amount of the interest you will pay over the life of those loans.)

Career outcomes can include potential increases to your future income as well as changes in your employment status. Most people try to estimate their short- or long-term income by calculating how much their career wages may increase over 10 to 40 years after graduation. But it's also useful to think about whether your education may help you land an excellent full-time job soon after completing your studies.

Using a professional educational planner or consultant's services can be a good way to get help with calculating the potential ROI (return on investment) of different training options.

Outcomes of Career College Graduates

In the Gallup and CECU survey cited earlier, about 64 percent of the respondents said they had achieved full-time employment within six months of their graduation. Many of them also experienced significant increases to their annual income:

  • Among all of the surveyed career college graduates, personal income increased 62 percent, on average, from what they earned before attending CECU-member schools.
  • Among the veterans and military members surveyed, the average increase to personal income was 39 percent after graduating.

ROI Comparison

A smiling young woman sitting in a row of students working at a tableAccording to a report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, short educational programs tend to have the best short-term ROI. In contrast, more extended programs often have the best long-term ROI.

  • 10 years after enrollment: Two-year colleges and several types of certificate programs are associated with the highest ROI. The overall cost of attendance tends to be relatively low, and graduates have the potential to earn good wages reasonably quickly.
  • 40 years after enrollment: Four-year colleges (i.e., schools that mostly award bachelor's degrees) are associated with the highest ROI. The longer time in school tends to result in a higher cost of attendance. But over their full working lives, graduates tend to earn more income.

Popularity of Degree Levels by Type of School

Regardless of the educational credential you want to pursue, it's possible to find relevant programs at both public and private institutions. However, data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that:

  • Certificates and associate degrees are the most popular at private for-profit post-secondary schools.
  • Bachelor's degrees are most popular at public colleges and universities.
  • Graduate degrees have the greatest popularity at private non-profit colleges and universities.

Share of Students at Each Type of School
Receiving Particular Awards
(2016-17 School Year)

  • Certificates
  • Private for-profit schools
    12.4%
  • Public schools
    5.9%
  • Private non-profit schools
    3.3%
  • Associate degrees
  • Private for-profit schools
    19.7%
  • Public schools
    9.4%
  • Private non-profit schools
    4.1%
  • Bachelor's degrees
  • Public schools
    63.6%
  • Private non-profit schools
    52.7%
  • Private for-profit schools
    41.1%
  • Master's degrees
  • Private non-profit schools
    33.6%
  • Private for-profit schools
    25.2%
  • Public schools
    18.9%
  • Doctoral degrees
  • Private non-profit schools
    7.6%
  • Public schools
    4.6%
  • Private for-profit schools
    3.0%
Source: National Center for Education Statistics