Best 500 Trade Schools
Top 10 Trade Schools in Each State

United States

Trade schools are making a comeback.

For decades, a four-year college degree was synonymous with success.

In today’s ever-changing world, that is no longer the case.

Many high-paying careers are based on training from trade schools.

With this in mind…

Here are the top 500 trade schools in the U.S.

(Top 10 from each state).

Alabama

RankSchool
#1Reid State Technical College
#2Wallace Community College
#3University Academy-Hair Design
#4Northeast Alabama Community College
#5New Beginning College of Cosmetology
#6Ross Medical Education Center
#7Enterprise State Community College
#8Montgomery Dental Assistant School
#9Birmingham Dental Assistant School
#10Huntsville Dental Assistant School

Alaska

RankSchool
#1Mat-Su Career & Tech High School
#2Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber School
#3UAA School of Nursing
#4Galena Interior Learning Academy
#5Highland Academy Charter School
#6King Tech High School
#7Rilke Schule German School of Arts and Sciences
#8Alaska Laborers Training School
#9East Anchorage High School
#10AVTEC, Alaska's Institute of Technology

Arizona

RankSchool
#1CRAS - Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
#2CollegeAmerica
#3Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
#4The Refrigeration School, Inc.
#5Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery
#6Chamberlain University College of Nursing
#7Arizona Automotive Institute
#8Allen School of Health Sciences
#9Star Canyon School of Nursing
#10GateWay Community College-Washington Campus

Arkansas

RankSchool
#1Ultimate Technical Academy
#2National Park College
#3Northwest Technical Institute
#4ARKANSAS ELITE WELDING ACADEMY, LLC
#5Career Academy of Hair Design
#6LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL OF DENTAL ASSISTING
#7Arkansas Construction Education Foundation
#8Baptist Health College Little Rock
#9Arkansas Northeastern College
#10Black River Technical College

California

RankSchool
#1Southern California Health Institute
#2CBD College
#3Cal-Trade Welding Schools
#4Blake Austin College
#5West Coast Ultrasound Institute
#6California Career School
#7Annenberg School of Nursing
#8Integrity College of Health
#9American Career College
#10AMSC Medical College

Colorado

RankSchool
#1Colorado School of Trades
#2National American University Colorado Springs
#3Emily Griffith High School
#4Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology
#5CollegeAmerica
#6Auguste Escoffier School Of Culinary Arts
#7Concorde Career College - Aurora
#8Power Technical (PTEC)
#9IBMC College Fort Collins
#10Pima Medical Institute - Aurora

Connecticut

RankSchool
#1Porter & Chester Institute– Stratford, CT
#2Branford Hall Career Institute (Branford, CT)
#3A.I. Prince Technical High School
#4Eli Whitney Technical High School
#5Bristol Technical Educ Center
#6Bullard-Havens Technical High School
#7Oliver Wolcott Technical High School
#8Platt Technical High School
#9Windham Technical School
#10Lincoln Technical Institute

Delaware

RankSchool
#1Delaware Skills Center
#2Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School
#3Delcastle Technical High School
#4Howard High School of Technology
#5St Georges Technical High School
#6Sussex Tech High School
#7Southern Delaware School of the Arts
#8Polytech High School
#9Delaware County Technical High School - Aston
#10Cecil County School of Technology

Florida

RankSchool
#1Southern Technical College Orlando
#2Tulsa Welding School - Jacksonville
#3DAVE School
#4HiTEC Campus-Aparicio-Levy Technical Center
#5McFatter Technical College and High School
#6Fortis Institute
#7Florida Vocational Institute
#8Erwin Technical College
#9South Florida Institute of Technology
#10City College Hollywood

Georgia

RankSchool
#1Georgia Trade School
#2Columbus Technical College
#3Atlanta Technical College
#4Georgia Piedmont Technical College
#5Lincoln College of Technology
#6Fortis College
#7South Georgia Technical College
#8Augusta Technical College
#9North Georgia Technical College
#10Heavy Equipment Colleges of America

Hawaii

RankSchool
#1Travel Institute-The Pacific
#2Hawaii Laborers' Apprenticeship & Training
#3Hawaii Job Corps Center
#4HDAA Hawaii Dental Assisting Academy
#5Hawaii Medical Training
#6Mauna Loa Helicopters
#7PCATT - Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training
#8Vitousek Real Estate Schools
#9Aviation Academy Hawaii
#10Hawaiʻi Community College

Idaho

RankSchool
#1College of Western Idaho: Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building
#2BoiseCodeWorks
#3North Idaho College Parker Technical Education Center
#4Lewis-Clark State College
#5American Institute of Clinical Massage
#6Vogue Beauty College & Salon
#7College of Southern Idaho
#8Idaho School of Massage Therapy
#9Real Estate Academy of Idaho
#10SAGE Tech Truck Driving School and CDL Training

Illinois

RankSchool
#1Coyne College
#2HVAC Technical Institute
#3West Chicago Professional Center
#4CALC, Institute of Technology
#5Illinois Dental Careers
#6Bell Mar Beauty College
#7Dental Assistant Academy of Chicago
#8Symbol Training Institute
#9Indian Valley Vocational Center
#10Midwest Technical Institute

Indiana

RankSchool
#1J Everett Light Career Center
#2Indianapolis Dental Assistant School
#3Indianapolis Electrical JATC
#4Ross Medical Education Center
#5Central Nine Career Center
#6Aveda Fredric's Institute
#7South Bend Dental Assistant School
#8Knox Beauty College
#9MyComputerCareer
#10Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center

Iowa

RankSchool
#1Southwestern Community College
#2St. Luke's College - UnityPoint Health
#3Hawkeye Community College Main Campus
#4Northwest Iowa Community College
#5Marshalltown Community College
#6Iowa Lakes Community college
#7Aveda Institute Des Moines
#8Siouxland Pipe Welding School
#9Iowa School of Beauty
#10Allen College

Kansas

RankSchool
#1Flint Hills Technical College
#2Wichita Technical Institute
#3Washburn Institute of Technology
#4Johnson County Community College
#5The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center
#6Plumbers & Pipefitters Apprenticeship Training of Kansas
#7Wichita Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
#8WSU Tech
#9NCK Technical College
#10Seward County Community College

Kentucky

RankSchool
#1Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
#2College for Technical Education Cosmetology
#3ATA College
#4Knight School Of Welding
#5Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Newtown Campus
#6Medical Career & Technical College
#7Kentucky School of Phlebotomy
#8Lexington Healing Arts Academy
#9Southeastern School of Electrology
#10MBA USA, Inc.

Louisiana

RankSchool
#1Remington College - Lafayette Campus
#2Northwest Louisianna Technical Community College
#3Baton Rouge Dental Assistant Academy
#4Blue Cliff College - Houma
#5New Orleans Dental Assistant School
#6River Parishes Community College Reserve Campus
#7Stevenson's Academy-Hair Design
#8Denham Springs Beauty College
#9SOWELA Technical Community College
#10Compass Career College

Maine

RankSchool
#1Northeast Technical Institute
#2The Landing School of Boat Building and Design
#3Spa Tech Institute
#4Region 10 Technical High School
#5Sanford Regional Technical Center
#6Kennebec Valley Community College
#7Waldo County Technical Center
#8Tri-County Technical Center
#9Hancock County Technical Center
#10Heavy Construction Academy

Maryland

RankSchool
#1North American Trade Schools
#2Worcester Technical High School
#3Frederick School of Cosmetology
#4Fomen Nursing Assistant Training Academy
#5Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) Hagerstown Campus - School for Aviation Maintenance
#6Lincoln Culinary Institute
#7Purdue University Global - Hagerstown, Maryland
#8Stratford University
#9The Temple - A Paul Mitchell Partner School
#10Aveda Institute Maryland

Massachusetts

RankSchool
#1MTTI
#2Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
#3Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School
#4Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
#5Millennium Training Institute
#6Franklin County Technical School
#7DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology
#8Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
#9Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
#10North Bennet Street School

Michigan

RankSchool
#1Northwestern Technological Institute
#2Greater Michigan Construction Academy
#3Michigan Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Institute
#4Southeast Michigan Construction Academy
#5Electrical Industry Training
#6Ann Arbor Electrical Training
#7Kent Career Technical Center
#8Health Care Solutions and Career Group
#9RMTC
#10MAMC (Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration)

Minnesota

RankSchool
#1Anoka Technical College
#2Pine Technical & Community College
#3Ridgewater College
#4Hibbing Community College
#5Lake Superior College
#6Dakota County Technical College
#7Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing Campus
#8Alexandria Technical & Community College
#9Summit Academy OIC
#10Hennepin Technical College

Mississippi

RankSchool
#1Antonelli College
#2Foster's Cosmetology College
#3Traxler's School of Hair
#4Mississippi College of Beauty
#5Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy
#6Leake County Career & Technical Center
#7Career Development Center
#8Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
#9East Mississippi Community College
#10Concorde Career College - Southaven

Missouri

RankSchool
#1State Technical College of Missouri
#2Texas County Technical College
#3Hillyard Technical Center
#4Cass Career Center
#5Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
#6Grand River Technical School
#7South County Technical School
#8WellSpring School of Allied Health
#9Crider's Institute of Welding Technology
#10American College of Hair Design

Montana

RankSchool
#1Montana Tech
#2Montana Horseman Saddle Building School
#3Advanced Taxidermy Training Center of NW Montana
#4Montana Beauty Institute
#5Sage Truck Driving School
#6(MOLLI) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana
#7Mossmain College of Massage
#8Montana Academy of Salons
#9Pima Medical Institute - Dillon
#10Flathead Valley Community College

Nebraska

RankSchool
#1Providence Health Career Institute
#2Universal College of Healing Arts
#3Heartland Dental Assisting
#4Capitol School of Hairstyling & Esthetics
#5Omaha School of Massage Therapy
#6Joseph's College Cosmetology - Grand Island Campus
#7Aviation Institute UNO
#8UNMC College of Nursing
#9JTL Truck Driver Training
#10Xenon Academy

Nevada

RankSchool
#1Northwest Career College
#2National Technical Institute HVAC Training
#3Electrical JATC
#4Career College of Northern Nevada
#5American Contractors Institute Inc
#6East Career Technical Academy
#7Film Connection Film Institute
#8European Massage Therapy School
#9West Career & Technical Academy
#10Northwest Career & Technical Academy

New Hampshire

RankSchool
#1The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades
#2Empire Beauty Schools
#3Seacoast School of Technology
#4Keene Beauty Academy
#5Continental Academie of Hair Design
#6Heavy Construction Academy
#7NHTI-Concord's Community College
#8University of New Hampshire
#9Master Bartenders School
#10North Eastern Institute of Whole Health, Inc.

New Jersey

RankSchool
#1American Institute - Clifton
#2Lincoln Technical Institute
#3Bergen County Technical School - Teterboro
#4Central Career School
#5Eastwick College - Ramsey
#6Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools
#7Divers Academy International
#8Essex County Vocational School
#9Jolie Health and Beauty Academy
#10Connecticut School of Broadcasting - Hasbrouck Heights NJ

New Mexico

RankSchool
#1San Juan College
#2Massage Therapy Training Institute
#3Navajo Technical University
#4New Mexico State University Carlsbad
#5Digital Arts & Technology Academy
#6Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso
#7Vertical Limit Aviation
#8Western New Mexico University
#9Del Sol Aviation
#10UNM College of Nursing

New York

RankSchool
#1Dwight School
#2Apex Technical School
#3Lincoln Technical Institute
#4Ace Institute of Technology
#5School of Cooperative Technical Education
#6Hunter Business School - Levittown Campus
#7Nassau BOCES Adult Career & Technical Education
#8Career School of NY - Cosmetology, Esthetics, Medical Assistant with Internship, and Pharmacy Tech
#9The Electrical Training Center Inc
#10Film Connection Film Institute

North Carolina

RankSchool
#1Carolinas Electrical Training Institute (CETI)
#2Alamance Community College
#3Wake Technical Community Clg
#4Charlotte Diesel School
#5Guilford Technical Community College
#6Beyond Measure Barbering Institute
#7Carolina School of Broadcasting
#8Charlotte Dental Assistant School
#9Lenoir Community College
#10Carolinas College of Health Sciences

North Dakota

RankSchool
#1Lynnes Welding Training, Inc. - Bismarck, ND
#2NDSCS-Fargo
#3Moler Barber College of Hair
#4Lake Region State College
#5Dakota College at Bottineau
#6University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
#7Williston State College
#8The Salon Professional Academy Fargo
#9BSC National Energy Center of Excellence
#10Valley City State University

Ohio

RankSchool
#1Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
#2Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
#3Collins Career Technical Center
#4Delaware Area Career Center South Campus
#5Choffin Career & Technical Center
#6Central Ohio Technical College Knox Campus
#7Penta Career Center
#8Portage Lakes Career Center
#9Tolles Career & Technical Center
#10Columbiana County Career and Technical Center

Oklahoma

RankSchool
#1Francis Tuttle Technology Center
#2Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC
#3Oklahoma School Of Welding
#4Moore Norman Tech Center - Norman Campus
#5Canadian Valley Technology Center - Cowan Campus
#6MedNoc Training College: CNA, CMA, HHA MAT, BLS Phlebotomy Tech, Pharmacy Tech, Medical Assistant
#7Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
#8Mid-Del Technology Center
#9Oklahoma City Dental Assistant School - Midwest City
#10Green Country Technology Center

Oregon

RankSchool
#1Southwestern Oregon Community College
#2Film Connection Film Institute
#3Oregon Institute of Technology
#4United Bicycle Institute
#5Norman F. Webb Real Estate Courses
#6Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
#7NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
#8Central Oregon Community College - Redmond Campus
#9Oregon Tradeswomen Inc
#10National Personal Training Institute

Pennsylvania

RankSchool
#1Williamson College of the Trades
#2Technical College High School Brandywine Campus (TCHS B)
#3Pennsylvania College of Technology
#4Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
#5Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)
#6Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
#7New Castle School of Trades Satellite Location
#8Rosedale Technical College
#9Welder Training & Testing Institute
#10Mid-Atlantic Carpenters' Training Center

Rhode Island

RankSchool
#1IYRS School of Technology and Trades
#2E. Providence Area Career and Technical Center
#3Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
#4Illustration Studies Building
#5Rob Roy Academy
#6Massage Therapy at CCRI
#7School One
#8Alex and Ani Hall
#9Beacon Charter High School for the Arts
#10The Met East Bay School

South Carolina

RankSchool
#1York Technical College-Truck Driver Training
#2Arclabs Welding School
#3Piedmont Technical College
#4Academy of Hair Technology
#5Williamsburg Technical College
#6Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology
#7Cosmetic Arts Institute
#8Industrial Technology Center
#9Florence-Darlington Technical College
#10Greenville Technical College Buck Mickel Center

South Dakota

RankSchool
#1Western Dakota Tech
#2Mitchell Technical Institute
#3Mount Marty College
#4University of Sioux Falls
#5Springs Bath House School of Massage Therapy
#6Dakota State University
#7University of South Dakota
#8South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
#9Hot Rod Institute
#10Lake Area Technical Institute

Tennessee

RankSchool
#1Nashville Technical school
#2SAE Institute of Technology Nashville
#3Total Tech LLC
#4Moore Tech School of Welding
#5North Central Institute
#6Fortis Institute
#7Ross Medical Education Center
#8Genesis Career College
#9Film Connection Film Institute
#10Franklin Academy

Texas

RankSchool
#1Southern Careers Institute Corpus Christi
#2Tulsa Welding School
#3South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
#4The College of Health Care Professions
#5School of Automotive Machinists & Technology
#6CCI Training Center
#7Dallas Dental Assistant School - Uptown
#8Texas State Technical College
#9Arclabs Welding School
#10Ogle School of Hair, Skin, & Nails - Arlington

Utah

RankSchool
#1Ogden-Weber Technical College
#2Fortis College
#3Dixie Technical College
#4Bridgerland Technical College
#5Granite Technical Institute (GTI)
#6Violin Making School of America LLC
#7Avalon School of Cosmetology: Layton
#8Acaydia Spa and School of Aesthetics
#9Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
#10American Beauty Academy

Vermont

RankSchool
#1Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
#2Advanced Welding Institute
#3Center for Technology, Essex
#4Central Vermont Career Center
#5Vermont Technical College
#6Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
#7Vermont Flight Academy
#8O'Briens Aveda Institute
#9Stafford Technical Center
#10River Bend Career and Technical Center

Virginia

RankSchool
#1Apprentice School
#2The Chrysm Institute of Esthetics
#3Fortis College
#4Job Corps Outreach & Admissions Office
#5Byers Technical Institute
#6Virginia Keys School
#7Jatcneca: IBEW Local
#8Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage
#9Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics
#10Southside Va Truck Driving

Washington

RankSchool
#1Seattle Vocational Institute
#2Renton Technical College
#3Perry Technical Institute
#4Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
#5Cascadia Technical Academy
#6Northwest HVAC/R Association Training Center
#7Divers Institute of Technology
#8Lake Washington Technical College: Continuing Education
#9Everett Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology
#10J Kinlow School of Barbering & Cosmetology

West Virginia

RankSchool
#1Pierpont Community & Technical College
#2Carver Career and Technical Education Center
#3Ben Franklin Career Center
#4Monongalia County Technical Education Center
#5Fred W Eberle Technical Center
#6James Rumsey Technical Institute
#7Putnam Career & Technical Center
#8Ross Medical Education Center
#9Garnet Career Center
#10Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Wisconsin

RankSchool
#1Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
#2Fox Valley Technical College
#3WI NECA-IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship & Training
#4Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
#5Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
#6Gateway Technical College
#7Northcentral Technical College - Medford Campus
#8Black Hawk Technical College
#9Chippewa Valley Technical College - Manufacturing Education Center
#10Western Technical College

Wyoming

RankSchool
#1Gillette College Technical Education Center
#2Western Wyoming Community College
#3Cheeks Beauty Academy
#4WCA Regional Training Center
#5Array
#6CWC Professional and Technical Center
#7Eastern Wyoming College
#8Casper College
#9Laramie County Community College
#10University of Wyoming
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