Some of the top-ranked trade schools include the Career Training Academy-Pittsburgh, St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton, Northwest Technical Institute, Louisiana Technical College-Jumonville Memorial and Career Training Academy-New Kensington. In 2012, the ranking of each of these trade schools had improved on the year before, as displayed on the ranking table at the State University website. Among the best trade schools for training as a mechanic are the McPherson College Auto Restoration Program in Kansas, the Universal Technical Institute with 10 campuses nationwide, the University of Northwestern Ohio and Lincoln College of Technology, which has 45 campuses across the country.
Trade schools are ideal for people who need more training to pursue their desired career path. However, it is a good idea, before applying, to contact applicable employers and ask about the specific qualifications they look for. They may also be able to suggest specific trade school programs that would be suitable, notes the Federal Trade Commission.
When selecting a trade school, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. These include the standard of the facilities, the teaching style of instructors and the success rate of specific programs. Assessments of the success rate should take into account the completion rate of other students and their subsequent rate of job placement within the relevant industry, as well as the average starting salary.