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2021 Best Value Construction Trades Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

78 Colleges
$6,712 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$32,448 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Construction Trades School for You

With 36,003 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, construction trades is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country.

The Best Value Construction Trades Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 78 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for construction trades students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Construction Trades Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Construction Trades Colleges.

Top 15% Best Construction Trades Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Northwest Iowa Community College the best value school in the United States for construction trades students. Northwest Iowa Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Sheldon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northwest Iowa Community College are $6,540 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Northwest Iowa Community College also did well on our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Construction Trades Schools list. CVTC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

CVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, CVTC also did well on our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Out of the 78 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Bismarck State College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Bismarck, BSC is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BSC are $5,820 per year.

BSC also claimed a spot on our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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Out of the 78 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Rochester Community and Technical College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Rochester Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the city of Rochester.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Rochester Community and Technical College are $6,554 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rochester Community and Technical College also is in the top 20% of our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Moraine Park Technical College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Construction Trades Schools list. Located in the small city of Fond du Lac, Moraine Park Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Moraine Park Technical College are $5,885 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Moraine Park Technical College also is in the top 10% of our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #6, Northeast Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for construction trades students. Located in the remote town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northeast are $4,860 a year.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for construction trades students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at M State are $5,560 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, M State also is in the top 15% of our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking.

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With a ranking of #8, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for construction trades students. Located in the rural area of Fennimore, Southwest Tech is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southwest Tech are $6,481 a year.

Southwest Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #9, Western Iowa Tech Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for construction trades students. Located in the small city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Western Iowa Tech Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #10, Mitchell Technical Institute did quite well on this year’s best value schools for construction trades students. Mitchell Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Mitchell.

Mitchell Technical Institute undergraduate students pay an average of $6,944 in tuition and fees each year.

Mitchell Technical Institute also claimed a spot on our Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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$10,191 Average Tuition & Fees

Texas State Technical College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Construction Trades Schools ranking. TSTC is a large public school located in the midsize city of Waco.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at TSTC are $10,191 per year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Construction Trades students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Construction Trades Schools award.

Rank College Location
12 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
13 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA
14 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
15 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN

Construction Trades by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Construction Trades Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 21,360
Building Management & Inspection 4,950
Carpentry 4,066
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,606
Construction 2,292
Masonry 462
Other Construction 267

Majors Similar to Construction Trades

Related Major Annual Graduates
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,435
Precision Production 57,423
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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