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What Is Trade School?

Trade school, also referred to as vocational school, technical school or technical college, provide post-secondary education that prepares students to enter the workface with knowledge in a specific field. Common trade school programs include CDL training, HVAC technician training, medical coding, welding, and cosmetology.

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Mechanical Trades

Mechanical trades such as HVAC, Journeyman Welding, Electricians, Elevator technicians, among others focus on hands-on technical skills. Many mechanical trades require specific certifications for various specializations. These trades involve performing work orders related to maintenance, repairs, and testing.

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Allied Health

Allied Health Professions are health care professions outside of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. Common allied health careers include medical assistants, medical coding specialists, phlebotomists, dental assistants, pharmacy technicians, and basic nursing assistants, though there are several other healthcare specializations included as allied health professions.

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Cosmetology professions focus on beautification and enhancing physical appearance. Common cosmetology careers include aestheticians, hair stylists, barbers, skin care specialists, and makeup artists.

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Benefits of Trade School vs. Traditional School

Trade school is great alternative to the traditional four-year college experience. Trade schools prepare students for the work force with hands-on career training at a lower cost and shorter time commitment.

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