Prepare to join a career through a combination of guided instruction and applied learning opportunities
Vocational — also known as technical — and trades training focuses on the practical, relevant training needed to enter a specific trade or job.
These types of schools and on-the-job training can lead to careers in various industries: automotive, healthcare, software and more.
Duration: 2 years or less
In addition to degrees, community colleges offer vocational and technical education. Search for a school near you and check out their workforce and career training programs.
The Home Depot has pledged to train over 20K new skilled tradespeople by 2028 through partnerships with nonprofits and institutions. These educational programs provide certifications and job placement support in various trades. One example is the Home Builders Institute, which trains veterans in the trades. Veteran-friendly.
A unique, competency-based program combining online learning and hands-on clinical experiences to become a licensed RN and earn your BSN.
CTE (Career Technical Education) schools focus on training for specific trades and vocations by industry “clusters.” All clusters follow a common core curriculum so that students enter trades trained by industry standards. Find a CTE high school in your state and see if it’s the right fit for you.
The Home Builders Institute provides the vocational training and education needed to join the U.S. building industry. Check out certification programs and pre-apprenticeship programs in your area. Veteran-friendly.
SkillCat offers free training to HVAC fundamentals where students study videos instead of textbooks and practice on simulations. Upon completing an end-of-course assessment, students receive their competency certificate and can continue to NATE Ready to Work Training or join SkillCat's talent network. Veteran-friendly.
4 questions to find a path for your career today
1. Are you looking for a brand-new career, or a better job in a field you already know?
2. If you were to start on a path to your ideal career today, how much time could you devote to learning new skills or mastering skills you have already?
3. Are you eligible for programs offered to veterans and families of veterans?
4. Do you have a high school diploma or high school equivalency, or are you already on the path to getting one? (Want to skip this? Just click “Next.”)