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Vermont has made important strides forward in their vocational and technical education, including a current initiative by Vermont Technical College to increase the women in STEM enrollment by 15 percent over the next decade. Vocational and trade schools in Vermont have seen the importance of recruitment, retention, mentoring and career placement for students who choose to pursue career training programs. This page outlines how vocational and trade schools in Vermont can help students step into promising careers.

2017’s Best Trade & Vocational Schools: Vermont

Vermont’s trade and vocational schools are ready to help students succeed in the skilled trades. One of Vermont’s fastest-growing industries is healthcare, in which many vocational, trade, community and career schools offer a wide variety of programs. We looked at those programs, the student-teacher ratio, tuition and financial aid options, and more to come up with this comprehensive ranking of accredited Utah schools.

RankSchool Name Score Tuition & Fees Financial Aid % Total Programs Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Description Additional Benefits: Placement Services Counseling Services Credit for Experience
Champlain College
99.82 $$$$$ 94% 8 14:1 64%

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Vermont Technical College
99.51 $$$$$ 49% 14 10:1 52%

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Find Vocational & Trade Schools in Vermont

Vermont offers numerous paths to training through vocational and trade schools, starting on the high school level. The Vermont Academy of Science and Technology is available for highly-motivated seniors as an alternative to their final year of high school, and there are several programs in place for those who want to stay in their traditional high school while earning dual credit through vocational classes. Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College are two popular options for students on the post-secondary level.

Those who want to learn more about vocational and trade schools in Vermont can start with this search tool, which is designed to help students find the right school for their particular needs and goals.

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Vermont Trade Education Snapshot

During the 2013-2014 school year, 4,929 secondary school students were enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) courses; 3,800 post-secondary students were pursuing CTE education.

Vermont is a pilot state for the Southern Regional Education Board’s Technology Centers That Work mode, which focuses on CTE coupled with rigorous academics.

During the 2012-2013 school year, 97 percent of high school students enrolled in CTE went on to graduate.

81 percent of post-secondary CTE students in the 2012-2013 school year received an industry-recognized credential, certificate or degree.

Vermont Trends in Vocational Credentials

In addition to the classes offered by Vermont Technical College and the community college system, students in Vermont can also take advantage of a variety of technical centers in the state, including the 17 career centers made available by the Vermont Adult Technical Education Association. Courses in manufacturing, photography, STEM professions, allied health, culinary training and more are open to students who are ready to complete their training and get to work.

The second-largest college in the state is the Community College of Vermont, with 12 locations and many online programs. Students can currently choose between 19 associate degrees and seven certificates in areas of high demand, such as allied health, human services and graphic design. In addition, students can opt for nursing prep classes, various credential opportunities and the Governor’s Career Readiness Certificate.

Distribution of Undergraduate Certificates & Degrees

Credential Vermont National
<1-year certificate 1.1% 14.7%
1-year certificate 5.2% 12.6%
Associate degree 16.6% 24.7%
Bachelor’s degree 77.1% 48.0%

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2010)

Jobs on the Rise: Vocational Opportunities in Vermont

Health science is one of the most popular educational paths in Vermont, which coincides with the fastest-growing jobs in the state—of the top ten fastest-growing positions in Vermont, five of them are available to those who are earned either a certificate or associate degree in health science. Other top movers include those in the construction professions, including helpers of stonemasons, helpers of electricians and industrial machinery mechanics. Vermont is a center of tourism and specialty foods, which offers numerous career paths for those in hospitality, agriculture and transportation programs.

The following chart shows the careers in Vermont with the most job openings for those who have earned their certificate or associate degree.

Careers with the Most Job Openings in Vermont

Occupation 2012 Employment Projected Annual Job Openings Percent Growth
(2012-2022)
Median Annual Wage (Vermont, 2014) Median Annual Wage (National, 2014)
Postsecondary, Non-Degree (Some College)
Teacher Assistants 5,740 130 -1% $28,500 $24,400
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4,540 90 5% $39,000 $39,500
Hairdressers, Hairstylers and Cosmetologists 2,240 80 12% $24,400 $23,100
Computer User Support Specialists 2,110 60 15% $46,700 $47,600
Licensed Practical Nurses 1,460 60 16% $44,100 $42,500
Two-Year Associate’s Degree
Registered Nurses 6,610 230 16% $61,000 $66,600
Preschool Teachers 1,070 40 9% $28,700 $28,100
Web Developers 820 30 17% $64,600 $63,500
Dental Hygienists 540 20 18% $63,100 $71,500
Paralegal and Legal Assistants 620 20 9% $44,300 $48,300

Source: S. Department of Labor, Career One Stop

A Closer Look: Trade Schools & Careers in Burlington

Burlington is home to the University of Vermont, which is classified as a four-year college; however, the university does offer certificate programs through online learning, as well as transfer agreements with the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Technical College.

Burlington College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs, as well as certificates. Associate degrees are available in liberal studies, graphic design, film studies, and woodworking and fine furniture making. Professional certificates include those in paralegal studies, screenwriting and more. Those who have already earned at least 30 college credits from an accredited institution can enroll in the distance learning program and complete their associate degree or certificate from the comfort of home.

Burlington Technical Center offers a wide variety of programs, including those in auto body, auto science and tech, computer systems, aviation technology, culinary, medical and sports sciences, criminal justice, electronic recording arts, welding, human development and more. Dual enrollment is available to high school students in the area, and continuing education possibilities include those in computers, personal growth, artistic expression and technical subjects.

In 2015, Forbes named Burlington one of the top 100 best small places for business and careers. Those who graduate from vocational and trade schools in Burlington can look forward to excellent job opportunities, especially in the areas of tourism, health care and financial services. The University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care are the two largest employers in the area; Seventh Generation, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burton Snowboards and Bruegger’s are all headquartered in the city.

Additional Resources

Vermont’s community college system website, provides school and program options for students in the state.

This clearinghouse of Vermont technical centers offers information on each location, as well as a look at the overall technical school picture.

Outlines the state’s goals and requirements for career and technical education in secondary schools.

This government website goes into great detail on the economic and labor market in the state, including updated statistics and publications that help technical school graduates know what to expect.

Providing a wealth of information for students, the VSAC also offers in-depth information on short-term training opportunities and certificate programs.