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In the United States, a technical school is a two-year college that covers fields such as business, finance, hospitality, tourism, construction, engineering, visual arts, information technology and community work. Education in a technical school is concentrated in specific areas designed to train students for working in that field. An individual technical school will usually be based around a specific career path.
Associations supporting technical schools
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest U.S. education association dedicated to promoting career and technical education for youth and adults.
United States military
Technical school is also the term used in the United States Armed Forces for the job specific training given immediately after recruit training. Though similar to the training provided by a two-year college, the training is much more concise, eschewing any coursework outside the minimum necessary to begin working in the chosen career field; additionally, the training is more time intensive, often including more than nine in-class hours per day. Military technical school is typically one to three months in duration, though some schools are as short as two weeks or as long as two years.
Upon graduation, military technical school recruits are qualified only as apprentices and must work under supervision until they have completed a more extensive on-the-job training program. Many times the military training can be converted to standard university credits, leaving the graduating recruit with only a few general education requirement courses (such as speech or composition) to complete in order to receive the more traditional two-year technical school diploma referenced above.
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- Vocational Education in the United States: Toward the Year 2000 US National Center for Education Statistics
- Career College Association website
- Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Career College Industry Site
- Beach, Chandler B., ed. (1914). "Technical Schools". The New Student's Reference Work. Chicago: F. E. Compton and Co.
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