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Trade Schools on Long Island

Selecting a Long Island Trade School

It is more apparent than ever that college is simply not for everyone. But the choice doesn't have to come down to going to college or entering the work force and accepting any menial job.

Attending a trade school can be the answer to becoming a skilled worker without attending years of college and spending tens of thousands of dollars.

Trade schools, unlike colleges, focus on getting you ready for a new career. You won't have to bother with course work that is unrelated to your job. A trade school cuts right to the bone of what you will need to work in the field of your choice. Areas such as automotive repair or technician, hair stylist, paralegal, medical assistant, truck driver, bartender, culinary, computer, just to name some, are all viable skilled jobs that require training or certification.

Before enrolling in any trade school (also known as vocational school), it's important to understand the following:

  • Too often, high school doesn't prepare you for anything and you come out of high school without a direction. That said, you must have interests or subjects you found interesting. How about hobbies? Sit and write down everything you like to do or wish you can do then begin your search. This is an important decision and though guidance can be helpful, it needs to feel right to you.
  • When you think you have found something you like, make sure there are jobs in that field. Check out Craigs List or the classifieds to see how many jobs are being posted.
  • If possible, spend a day at the trade school that offers the trade you are interested in and sit in on classes. Speak to the teachers. Can you imagine yourself taking that class? Find out about their credentials? Do they or have they worked in the field?
  • Inspect the labs and equipment you will be working with at the school. Does it look fairly new and well maintained or does it look run down?
  • Are students that attend the trade you are interested in successful at the school? Do a large percentage of students complete the program? Do the ones that complete find jobs in their field? How long did it take them to find a job and what was the average starting salary?
  • What will the school do to help you find a job after you graduate?
  • If possible, contact recent graduates and find out their experience at the school. Find out if their other classmates found jobs and had good experiences.
  • While trade school will not cost as much as a four year college, the costs can still get quite substantial. Fully understand all the program costs including books, equipment, lab fees, and uniforms? Are there any extra fees? Is financial aid or scholarships available? This is the time to ask.
  • Make sure the school is fully licensed and accredited. Check with the organizations that license or govern the school to find out whether the school is current on its license and accreditation. Accreditation can be the difference between you finding a job or joining the ranks of the unemployed.
Most trade schools offer financial aid and financing of some kind. Find out about the school's financial aid program and learn all of your options. If you take out a loan, be sure you read the agreement and understand the terms. If possible, speak to someone in your family that understands finances to help you determine whether or not you will be able to afford making the payments when they become due, assuming you earn the average wage for your trade coming out of the school.

This is an important step in your life and it should be taken seriously.

Apprenticeship Training
Long Island Emergency Response
14 East Dr
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-4783

Automobile Driving Schools
North Shore Auto School
4010 Hempstead Tpke
Bethpage, NY 11714
(516) 731-3958

Beauty Salons

Colleges & Universities
Island Drafting & Technical
128 Broadway
Amityville, NY 11701
(631) 691-8733
New York Institute-Chinese Medicine
155 1st St
Mineola, NY 11501
(516) 739-1545

Computer Training
Computer Career Center
200 Garden City Plz
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 877-1225
Computer Counselors
2348 Newbridge Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 679-1600
Computer Teach
33 Great Neck Rd # 7
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 773-9847
Global-Net Solutions
611 S 9th St
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 775-0100

Cosmetology & Barber Schools
Long Island Nail & Skin Institute
3709 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY 11756
(516) 520-4800

Culinary Programs
Star Career Academy
125 Michael Drive
Syosset, NY 11791

Elementary & Secondary Schools
Branford Hall Career Institute
565 Johnson Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631) 589-1222
Gardiner Manor Elementary School
125 Wohseepee Dr
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(631) 968-1150


Junior Colleges
Brittany Beauty School
3274 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY 11756
(516) 731-8300
Development Disabilities Institute
151 Orinoco Dr # A
Brightwaters, NY 11718
(631) 666-5918
Developmental Disabilities Institute
62 Pine St
East Moriches, NY 11940
(631) 874-2100

Misc Schools & Instruction
24 S Park Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
(516) 632-8051
Culinary Connection
222 5th Ave
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(631) 328-5634
Kitchen Time's Party Place
691 Broadway
Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 795-4980

Other Technical & Trade Schools
Career Institute-Health
75 Rushmore St
Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 333-2501
Chubb Computer Service
1400 Old Country Rd
Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 997-1400

Tax Preparation Services
H&R Block
359 W Main St
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 427-2070

The information on this site is believed to be correct but is provided on an "As Is" basis. No warranty of any kind is given with respect to the content of this website. Most data is sourced from New York State Department of Education.

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