Vocational and Technical Schools (AZ)
Why Choose Trade School?
Vocational and trade schools train students for a variety of careers in areas like healthcare, legal studies, cosmetology, and technology. Trade schools offer several benefits, including affordability. Many trade schools charge lower tuition rates than four-year institutions, which can save students money. Additionally, people who earn an occupational credential benefit from higher employment rates than those with an academic credential, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. (https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/arizona/)
Arizona has a wide variety of trade and technical schools, and some of those programs can be completed in as little as six months, others are completed in two years. Below are several websites that can help you find programs that suit your needs and interests:
Not College Bound? Why a Skilled Trade or Apprenticeship could be a Perfect Fit - information on the skills gap and opportunities beyond the traditional college experience
Success in the New Economy - a video about the importance of post-secondary training that isn't necessarily college
Apprenticeships are hands-on programs geared toward training students in skilled jobs that are often in high demand. The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a page dedicated to connecting students with these programs so be sure to check it out!
From the site's FAQ:
What is the difference between Registered Apprenticeship and other types of training?
The Registered Apprenticeship system of training is unique in that it is the only formal, structured, and nationally recognized education and training program available that combines the two most common forms of career and occupational learning: classroom instruction with on-the-job training.Apprentices not only learn occupational skills in the classroom,their learning is expanded to include hands-on, paid, on-the-job training!Students learn and practice all phases of the trade/occupation in real-world applications. The program must be registered with the Arizona Apprenticeship Office.