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New Castle School of Trades: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the training programs offered at the New Castle School of Trades in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About New Castle School of Trades

Founded in 1945, New Castle School of Trades (NCST) is a two-year vocational school located in New Castle, Pennsylvania. It offers certificate and associate degree programs in trades such as electrical technology and commercial truck driving. NCST is located roughly 20 minutes away from the Boardman-Youngstown-Warren, OH-PA, metropolitan area.


NCST offers programs in automotive training, refrigeration and AC technology, machinist technology, heavy equipment operations, electrical technology, diesel and power generation technology, diesel technology, diesel and heavy equipment field service technology, construction trades, commercial truck driving, commercial and industrial maintenance, building technology and combination welding. The most popular program at NCST is the 116.25-credit hour Associate in Specialized Technology in Electrical Technology, which takes 60 weeks to complete.

NCST offers weekend and evening classes and has job placement and career service programs available. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges accredits the school.


Admissions decisions are based on a qualification form, an entrance exam and an interview. An application is available on NCST's website. Applicants are contacted to schedule an interview after submitting an online application.

Some programs require students to have a driver's license and CDL learner's permit. Dual credit and AP credits are not accepted at NCST. The school might accept transfer credit if it's applicable to the program.

Of the 400 students who applied to NCST in 2010, 100% were admitted, and 74% chose to enroll. In 2011, 97% of the student body was male, and 62% of students were at least 25 years of age. The majority of students attending NCST were out-of-state students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition prices at NCST vary depending on the program, ranging from $5,970 for the commercial truck driving program to $27,705 for the diesel and power generation technology and diesel and heavy equipment field service technology programs as of 2011-2012. Additional costs include books and tools. NCST offers a tuition payment plan, and students interested in applying for scholarships can fill out a form on NCST's website or call the school for more information.

School Type Private for-profit, two-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs and associate degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 751 students in 2011**
Student Housing None available***
Programs 13 academic programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
One-year Certificates: Construction/heavy equipment/earth-moving equipment operations (84)
Associate's: Electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology (116)**
Graduation Rates 62% within the expected time frame
66% within 150% of the normal program time
66% within 200% of the normal program time (for students who enrolled in 2007-08)**
Admission Rate 100% in 2010**
Entering Class Size 296 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 68% (full-time students)**
Application Due Date: Not applicable; rolling admissions***
Tuition Varies by program**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (73%), Pell grants (73%), state and local grants/scholarships (6%), institutional grants/scholarships (1%), federal student loans (66%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *New Castle School of Trades, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, New Castle School of Trades, 4117 Pulaski Road, New Castle, PA 16101
  • Phone: (800) 837-8299
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