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Bay Area Trade Schools with Program Descriptions

There are around 11 trade schools within 25 miles of the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about the graduation rates, price, location, and size to determine which school best suits your needs.

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The San Francisco Bay Area contains several trade schools, offering you specialized education in whatever trade you're looking to pursue. Based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), learn more about which schools are closest to the San Francisco area, which are largest, and which have the lowest net prices and highest graduation rates.

Closest Schools to the San Francisco Bay Area

Proximity can be a deciding factor for students looking for schools in a certain area. Of the eleven trade schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, the following are the closest:

  • City College of San Francisco (4.3 miles from downtown San Francisco)
  • Laney College (7.4 miles from downtown San Francisco)
  • College of Alameda (8.8 miles from downtown San Francisco)
  • Skyline College (10.7 miles from downtown San Francisco)
  • Merritt College (12.9 miles from downtown San Francisco)

Largest Schools Near the San Francisco Bay Area

School size is often important for students looking for a large, diverse student body. The largest trade schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are:

  • City College of San Francisco (23,391 students)
  • Diablo Valley College (19,694 students)
  • Chabot College (13,457 students)
  • Laney College (11,667 students)
  • Skyline college (9,681 students)

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

The NCES calculates net price based on the average, full-time, in-state undergraduate student. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the trade schools with the lowest net price for the 2014 to 2015 school year were:

  • College of San Mateo ($4,800)
  • City College of San Francisco ($4,849)
  • Skyline College ($5,022)
  • Chabot College ($6,811)
  • Diablo Valley College ($7,023)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rate is often an important factor for students looking for their ideal college. Based on NCES data, which calculates graduation rates based on 150% of the time it takes an average, full-time undergraduate to complete their program, the schools with the highest graduation rates from 2014 to 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area are:

  • Diablo Valley College (37%)
  • City College of San Francisco (32%)
  • Chabot College (29%)
  • College of Marin (26%)
  • Contra Costa College (25%)

No matter what you value most in your college, there are quite a few trade schools in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose from.

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