Best Trade Schools for Veterans

Jan 02, 2019

Trade schools are an option for Veterans who wish to earn the certificate or associate's degree needed to enter the civilian workforce as quickly as possible. Many of the trade schools listed here offer course credit for prior military education and training. Below, we will explore the best trade schools for Veterans.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield <2-Year, Private Springfield, Illinois $14,672 External Scholarships
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College 2-Year, Public Valdosta, Georgia $2,794 Credit for Military Training
MIAT College of Technology 2-Year, Private Canton, Michigan $15,917 Credit for Military Training, Scholarships
Savannah Technical College 2-Year, Public Savannah, Georgia $2,744 Savannah Tech Scholarships
ECPI University 4-Year, Private Norfolk, Virginia $15,108 Program partnerships with various military branches

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Best Trades for Schools for Veterans

The trade schools included here may be considered the best for Veterans since they welcome and support military students. These trade schools include military friendly schools and schools that offer over 100 programs of study. We will discuss the schools listed in the table above in more detail.

Midwest Technical Institute

Midwest Technical Institute was designated a Military Friendly School in 2017 by Victory Media. They are an accredited technical school that provides veterans with hands-on training for vocational careers.

Midwest Technical Institute offers a number of programs of study such as dental assisting, HVAC/R-MAR technician, professional truck driving, and cosmetology. Midwest also offers externships which are hands-on training typically provided as part of the course. The externships available are medical assisting, pharmacy technician, dental assisting, and medical coding. Midwest also has accelerated programs that can be completed within one year.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC) offers veterans the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) through a program called General Education Mobile (GEM). The veteran includes the five required CCAF General Education courses into their WGTC curriculum via distance education.

WGTC offers over 140 programs of study. WGTC also provides the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) tests to military personnel and veterans at the Moody Air Force Base Testing Center or the Valdosta Campus. Veterans may receive credit for their prior education and training in the military.

MIAT College of Technology

MIAT College of Technology is ranked number 9 on the Military Friendly School Top 10 Gold Level list for Online/Technology schools for the academic year 2018-2019.

MIAT College of Technology has several perks for its military students such as waiving the application fee. Their student orientation program and admissions information sessions are customized to cater to military students. Penalties are not charged for military students returning from deployment. Some of the fields of study offered are Aviation Maintenance Technology/Technician, Electro-Mechanical Technology, and Welding Technology, among others.

Savannah Technical College

Savannah Technical College is ranked number 1 by Military Times on their Military Times Best Colleges 2018 - Career and Technical Colleges list.

Savannah Technical College has programs for veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce such as criminal justice, emergency medical services, logistics management, medic to paramedic, military aviation mechanic, peace officer academy, and precision manufacturing. Their ''Troops to Trucks'' program help students earn a Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) certificate. Savannah Tech also has an employment opportunity for transitioning service members with Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi and Virginia. It is a 16-week program earning students five welding Technical Certificates of Credit.

ECPI University

ECPI University is ranked number 2 by Military Times on their Military Times Best Colleges 2018 - Career and Technical Colleges list.

ECPI has locations at five military bases in California and Virginia including Naval Station Norfolk, Fort Eustis Langley Air Force Base, and Naval Air Station Oceana. They offer flexible schedules that accommodate veterans with classes occurring in the morning, evening, weekends, and online. Their year-round courses allow veterans to complete their education faster than average. ECPI has partnerships with the Air Force General Education Mobile, ArmyEd, Marine Corps Career College Program, Navy College Program for Afloat College Education, and Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership.

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