Vocational and career training programs allow students to earn a diploma or associate's degree. Students can pursue training in areas like construction, welding, horticulture, manufacturing technology, and farm operations and management at the following Christian schools.
The degrees offered at the schools below can be completed in two or three years. All of the institutions allow students full access to student organizations.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*|
|Crown School of Trades and Technology||2-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||Powell, TN||$4,350 (2017-2018)|
|Williamson College of the Trades||3-year, Private not-for-profit||Nondenominational||Media, PA||$27,571 (2018-2019)|
|Dordt College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Christian Reformed Church||Sioux Center, IO||$30,000 (2017-2018)|
|Liberty University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310 (2017-2018)|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), School websites
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Overview of Christian Technical Colleges
Crown and Williamson are both accredited trade schools offering diplomas and associate's degrees. Dordt College and Liberty University both offer trade programs as part of their curriculum.
Crown School of Trades and Technology
Crown School of Trades and Technology is accredited by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Students attending this technical school are dual-enrolled in Crown College of the Bible and can access resources and campus clubs. Crown's curriculum is infused with the idea that God is the author of all truth. The school offers diploma programs in cosmetology, welding, HVAC, and auto/diesel technology. Students can also complete associate's degree programs in auto/diesel, cosmetology, and welding. Crown holds chapel services on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Williamson College of the Trades
Williamson College of the Trades is a men's school that offers associate's degrees in construction technology with concentrations in carpentry, masonry, horticulture, machine tool technology, paint and coatings technology, and power plant technology. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Williamson's primary values are service, faith, integrity, diligence, and excellence. Students are required to attend the nondenominational weekday chapel sessions held at 7:30 AM. In addition, Williamson requires that students enroll in one student organization each year. Options include athletic teams, student government, newspaper, yearbook, and a choral group.
Dordt College offers a two-year vocational training program called Pro-Tech. The program consists of classroom experience as well as an internship in students' chosen field. Students can earn an associate's degree in manufacturing technology or farm operations and management. The college offers various student activities, including clubs for theology, agriculture, swing dance, and computers. Students can attend chapel services each Wednesday at 11:00 AM and participate in small group sessions and worship teams.
Liberty University strives to educate students who will pursue their professional passion as a way to honor God. The university has a technical studies program that covers carpentry, welding, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. General education classes are completed at Liberty, and technical classes are completed at Virginia Technical Institute. Students can pursue training in their trade of choice through one of the following tracks:
- Associate of Applied Science program
- Area of focus for an interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degree program
- Elective courses in a bachelor's degree program
Liberty has dozens of student activities ranging from a chess club and a marketing association to a Spanish club and an improv group. The university holds convocations on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 AM and also provides a live stream of the service.