Much of the state of Montana is rural, so it's unsurprising that there are less than 15 public and private non-profit schools to choose from. The schools offer formal training and education in occupational trades, which include fields like construction or industrial maintenance. The schools are organized into categories, listed below.
Montana Trade Schools Near Large Cities
Within the vast landscape of Montana, students can choose from the following trade schools. However, only one is located in what the NCES considers a mid-sized city. The rest are in or around smaller cities and rural, fringe areas.
- Montana State University-Billings (Billings)
- Great Falls College Montana State University (Great Falls)
- The University of Montana (Missoula)
- Blackfeet Community College (Browning)
- Flathead Valley Community College (Kalispell)
Largest Trade Schools in Montana
The largest trade schools in Montana offer the chance for students to engage with a decent number of people, considering the location of each institution. Nearly 10 of the schools had less than 1,000 enrolled undergraduates as of Fall 2014.
- Montana State University (13,298 undergraduates)
- The University of Montana (11,692 undergraduates)
- Montana State University-Billings (4,340 undergraduates)
- Flathead Valley Community College (2,161 undergraduates)
- Great Falls College Montana State University (1,772 undergraduates)
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Construction Management and Trades
- Electrical Repair and Maintenance
- Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration Maintenance
- Heavy Equipment Maintenance
- Leatherworking and Upholstery
- Precision Metal Working
- Precision Systems Maintenance
- Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
Lowest Net Price
One appeal of two-year public schools that offer trade programs is that they are generally less expensive in comparison to four-year universities or private institutions. The following colleges had the lowest net price for full-time undergraduate students in the 2014-2015 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Aaniiih Nakoda College ($4,502)
- Fort Peck Community College ($6,586)
- Dawson Community College ($7,851)
- Stone Child College ($8,136)
- Flathead Valley Community College ($8,290)
Highest Graduation Rate
Trade schools with higher graduation rates may offer coursework and training that is of a higher quality than those institutions with low percentages of graduates. The schools below have the highest graduation rates, according to NCES data. The stats are based on students who entered degree or certificate programs in the fall of 2012 (unless specified otherwise) and completed them within 150% of normal time (e.g., three years or less for an associate's degree).
- Montana State University (52% graduation rate for those who started in fall of 2009)
- Dawson Community College (44% graduation rate)
- The University of Montana (44% graduation rate for those who started in fall of 2009)
- Miles Community College (42% graduation rate)
- Aaniiih Nakoda College (31% graduation rate)
Use these schools which have been categorized to enable you to make a more well-informed decision about your future learning experience.