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Rate your Vocational School: The Top 3 Vocational schools

You’ll find vocational schools scattered throughout every state across the country. Sometimes within your own city you’ll find more options than you can manage. With so many choices, making the right educational decision can become overwhelming. Here are a few specific categories to consider when rating a vocational school.


For many students, cost is the number one factor in determining where to attend school. It doesn’t make financial sense to go into debt that will take years and years to erase. Tuition rates for vocational schools vary widely. Consider cost per credit hour, tuition, books and housing if applicable.


An appropriately licensed and accredited school means that it has gone through the process to be recognized by the state or national board to determine its validity. You do not want to attend a school that hasn’t been properly accredited because it could mean your degree is worth less to employers.

Instructor/Student Ratio

Smaller classes result in more individual attention while giving students the feeling that they are more than just a number to the instructor. Many vocational schools have a proud reputation built upon the family-like atmosphere that is common in many classes due to small size and caring professors.

Student Services

There’s a lot to learn during your first semester at vocational school, such as the specific computer systems the school uses, student procedures for registering, paying, buying books, etc., and how to use the facilities. A good school offers student support services to guide you whenever you have questions about anything ranging from technology to open library hours. Before enrolling, ensure the school offers plenty of support for students, including career counseling as you near graduation.

Financial Aid

When you attend a state university, you have the option of Federal Student Aid. Vocational schools, however, fall into a different category. Many vocational schools offer different types of grants and loans, so it’s very important to look into exactly what each school can offer in terms of financial support.

Top Three Vocational Schools

Southern Careers Institute
With campuses all over south Texas, SCI aims to please. They pride them selves on creating a curriculum that is job-specific. Students who enroll in SCI can rest assured that they will have a job once they graduate. They offer career counseling services before and after graduation to ensure all students succeed.

Career Training Academy-Pittsburgh
CTA offers training programs for high-demand careers in the healthcare field. They have a campus in Pittsburgh as well as two other cities in Pennsylvania. They provide hands-on training for reasonable tuition rates. One of the biggest benefits for out-of-state students is that they pay the same tuition as Pennsylvania residents.

Northwest Technical Institute
Located in northwest Arkansas, NTI has been producing successful graduates since 1975. They offer diploma programs in Allied Health, Industrial Arts, Computers and Business. NTI offers a variety of opportunity for financial aid, including lifetime eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant. Whether you choose one of the top three schools or not, it’s important to consider a ranking system when making your educational choice. Don’t sell yourself short when it comes to your future.  

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"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”


Juan L.
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“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


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Medical Assistant

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Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


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