WyoTech, previously known as Wyoming Technical Institute, is comprised of a network of non-profit colleges. WyoTech was originally founded in 1966 in Laramie, Wyoming. The colleges are owned by the Zenith Education Group. Just three years after its founding, WyoTech earned national accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). A majority of the WyoTech programs can be completed in less than eighteen months, if a student's schedule permits. There are three different WyoTech campuses with the primary objective being to impart specific knowledge and skills that will help students get placed in their desired fields upon graduation.
Advanced Technology Institute has three different campuses in Virgina. Their main campus is in Virginia Beach, the Commerical Driving Campus is in Norfolk, and their Virgina Beach Campus is also in Virginia Beach.
Apex Technical School has serviced New Yorkers since 1961, and they are licensed by the New York State Education Department. The school's founders were engineers who developed a trade school to offer hands-on, quality education. With this in mind, Apex's programs are made in a way to balance both the industry theories as well as give hands-on instruction. Apex celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and a year later they moved their location to Long Island City, Queens.
Originally founded in 1937, Brightwood College has grown to be a system of for-profit colleges spread across multiple states in the U.S. Kaplan Inc. purchased the American Commerce Institute in 2000 and renamed the network of schools Kaplan College (later becoming Kaplan University). Kaplan went on to purchase a number of other college campuses and institutions, and by 2004, owned 64 campuses. In 2015, Kaplan started a re-branding process, turning some of these campuses into Brightwood Colleges. Today, there are over 9,000 students enrolled in Brightwood College programs.
Lake Technical College provides a large variety of degrees for students in the Florida. High graduation and job placement rates add to Lake Technical College's impressive resume. The main downsize, however, is that its programs are limited to Florida residents.
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute has multiple locations in Texas to help accommodate their students needs. Its high job placement, combined with reasonable pricing, makes South Texas a great option in terms of trade schools. Students in Texas should do their research to see if there is a program that is right for them.
Universal Technical Institute was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the leaders in providing post-secondary education for those interested in working as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Students can take advantage of undergraduate and diploma programs from one of their twelve campuses spread across the United States. There are also Manufacturer-specific training programs at their dedicated training centers. The Universal Technical Institute works with a number of well-known brands including: Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Marine Mechanics Institute, and NASCAR Technical Institute. Universal Technical Institute has graduated over 190,000 technicians since their founding just over fifty years ago.
While Vatterott offers many degree programs and a myriad of campuses across the Midwest, it lacks other important features. Vatterott's overall lack of transparency concerns us regarding their programs and pricing concerns us. There are too many negatives to recommend Vatterott and suggest looking at other trade schools.
Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACIS), Virginia College has over 27 locations in 11 states. Virginia College offers day and night courses and even online programs in the areas of health and medical services, cosmetology, and business to name a few. Programs offer diploma or certificate options and associate's, bachelor's, and even master's degrees. Tuition varies per program and financial funding is available.