Comparison of Collision Repair Schools in Union
No colleges or technical schools in or near Union, New Jersey, offer programs specifically focused on collision or auto body repair. However, students can find training programs in automotive technology at several Union-area schools. This article looks at two schools within a 25-minute drive of Union. There's also a table that compares important aspects of each school such as enrollment and tuition costs. At the end of the article is some information about three other schools in the Union area that offer relevant programs.
- Union County Vocational Technical School, almost 11 miles from the heart of Union, also features an automotive technology certificate program.
- Students can find an automotive technology associate degree program nearby at Middlesex County College. This school is a little more than 17 miles from Union.
Comparison of Schools
Students want to look at facts such as costs, school type and the graduation rate at the schools they are considering. The following table makes it easy to compare schools.
|Union County Vocational Technical School||Middlesex County College|
|School Type||< 2-year, public||2-year public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||106*||12,059*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Rural|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$5,500 per year*||$3,372 per year for in-district, $6,744 per year for in-state and out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2014)||66%*||56%*|
|Admissions Rate (2016)||Open Admissions*||Open Admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||97% for full time students*||62% for full time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2013)||93%*||14%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Union County Vocational Technical School
Union County Vocational Technical School is located approximately 11 miles away from Union in Scotch Plains. The school offers vocational training in fields like building trades, electrical technology, information technology and allied health. Students interested in car repair can also learn about hybrid and electric technology through the certificate program.
Automotive Technology Certificate
Union County Vocational Technical School offers a certificate program in automotive technology. This program trains students in four areas, including brakes, electrical and electronic systems, engine performance and steering. Individuals receive a level of training that will enable them to sit for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in these specific areas. Credits earned in this program can be applied towards the associate degree program offered at Brookdale Community College.
Middlesex County College
Middlesex County College was founded in 1964. The school offers associate degree and certificate programs in a variety of academic and vocational disciplines. Students interested in automobile repair and maintenance can pursue an associate degree in automotive technology. This program has acquired National Automotive Technician Education Foundation certification.
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
This program is intensive and demands 60 weeks of coursework in addition to 30 weeks of on-the-job technical training. Courses cover brake and electrical systems, tune-up methods and diagnostics. Students who complete the first year of the program also receive a Maintenance and Light Repair certificate from Ford Motor Company.
Other School Options
Students can also find training programs at a number of for-profit schools in New Jersey and New York. Lincoln Technical Institute has two locations, one in Union and one about 25 miles away in Whitestone, New York. Students will also find a program at Apex Technical School and Technical Career Institute in New York City.