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Top Schools for Construction Trades Programs

Find information about construction trades programs, which can lead to a career in carpentry, electrical, or plumbing work. Learn about the training options at four noteworthy colleges, and use the handy list at the end of the resource to find other schools in the U.S. that offer construction trade programs.

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Although some tradespeople enter the construction industry through apprenticeships, students can also find hands-on certificate and degree programs at community colleges and technical schools. Schools that offer formal programs in the construction trades provide training for aspiring carpenters, roofers, and stonemasons, as well as electricians and plumbers. The three colleges featured below are all members of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. All three schools offer a certificate or an associate degree program in a construction-related area.

1. Alfred State - SUNY College of Technology in Alfred, NY

School Highlight: Alfred State enjoys an employment and transfer rate of 99%

Alfred State College, which specializes in project-based learning, ranked 22nd on U.S. News & World Report's list of best Northern regional colleges in 2015. The college offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Building Trades-Building Construction program with an emphasis on carpentry and masonry.

2. SUNY College of Technology at Canton in NY

School Highlight: All students admitted to this program must fulfill computer a competency requirement.

SUNY College of Technology at Canton ranked 43rd among the best regional colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. The college offers certificate programs in the following construction trades: electrical construction and maintenance, air conditioning maintenance and repair, and heating and plumbing service.

3. Morrisville State College (SUNY) in Morrisville, NY

School Highlight: Morrisville is a laptop-integrated school.

Morrisville State College is a regional college in the North that was placed at #43 by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The college offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Residential Construction. In addition to classroom learning and hands-on work in construction, students can take classes in project estimating and business.

Top Construction Trades Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona Western College Offers a fast-track certificate, a traditional certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in construction trades Yuma, AZ
Central Arizona College Short-term construction trades and facilities maintenance program confers certificate of completion and prepares students for entry-level jobs Coolidge, AZ
Central Wyoming College Construction trades training program has limited admission: candidates are selected by a team Riverton, WY
Florida State College at Jacksonville Offers technical certificate and associate degree programs in various construction trade specialties Jacksonville, FL
Fort Scott Community College Students can begin taking classes for the A.A.S. in Construction Trade program as early as their junior year of high school; transfer to Pittsburg State University's degree completion program can lead to a bachelor's Fort Scott, KS
Sitting Bull College A.A.S. in Building Trades program prepares students for entry-level carpentry jobs Fort Yates, ND
Turtle Mountain Community College Students in the A.A.S. in Building Construction Technology program participate in a home construction project Belcourt, ND

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