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Trade Schools in Virginia with Program Overviews

There are about 34 mainstream colleges and schools in the state of Virginia that offer trade or vocational programs. Read about schools offering programs based on a variety of criteria to see which one is for you.

Students in Virginia looking for trade or vocational schools have plenty of options, from community colleges with extensive trade programs to technical schools and learning centers. Read about the schools closest to Virginia cities, the largest schools in the state, schools with the lowest costs and those with the highest graduation rates according to data taken from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Virginia Schools Near Large Cities

Many students will want to be located near a city providing easier access to public transportation, a closer proximity to their work (if currently working), additional program offerings and more student body diversity, among others. Some schools close to large and midsize cities in VA include:

  • Advanced Technology Institute (Virginia Beach)
  • Tidewater Tech-Trades (Norfolk)
  • Fortis College (Norfolk)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton)
  • Tidewater Community College (Norfolk)

Largest Schools in Virginia

Larger schools often offer more programs, but class size is often larger as well. Students looking for technical or trade programs at larger schools can look at the following:

  • Liberty University (81,459 students)
  • Northern Virginia Community College (51,487 students)
  • Tidewater Community College (27,646 students)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College (11,861 students)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (10,436 students)

Lowest Net Price

The National Center for Education Statistics determines the average net cost of a college by subtracting the amount of government and institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attending the college. Here are some schools with lower net prices for full-time undergraduate students for the academic year 2015-2016:

  • Wytheville Community College ($2,081)
  • Washington County Adult Skill Center ($3,196)
  • Dabney S Lancaster Community College ($4,931)
  • Paul D Camp Community College ($5,358)
  • Patrick Henry Community College ($5,389)

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES determines a school's overall graduation rate as the number of first-time, full-time students who complete their programs within 150% of the 'normal time' (e.g., three years for an associate's program). At 74% or higher, the following schools have high overall graduation rates, as of 2015:

  • Tidewater Community College (83%)
  • Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (82%)
  • Washington County Adult Skill Center (76%)
  • Advanced Technology Institute (75%)
  • CET-Alexandria (74%)

You will obviously consider many factors when choosing your educational path; here you have a listing of schools meeting criteria for schools in larger cities, largest schools, lowest costs, and highest graduation rates for trade schools in Virginia.

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