Trade Schools in New York State

New York trade or “vocational” schools offer a wide variety of certificates, diplomas and other types of programs that are designed to give people a specific skill they can, hopefully, gain employment with fairly quickly.

Their programs are generally much shorter than those required to get a traditional college degree, and tend to involve much more “hands on” rather than academic learning. They’re also generally a great deal less expensive than credit courses at a full-scale college or university, and often have few admission requirements. A few of these schools, however, do offer bachelor’s and associates programs that are more comparable to those at at traditional college.

Some training schools in the health or arts categories listed here aren’t always put under the heading of “trade schools,” but we wanted to provide the broadest possible listing of New York schools that offer real-world career skills training. Popular categories for New York technical schools include automotive, electronics, culinary and a wide variety of tech training like repair and maintenance of air conditioning and other complex systems. Many of these skills can be applied either by working in a company or in starting your own company. Other trade schools focus more on office-based skills like bookkeeping, medical coding, computer repair or court reporting.

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Trade Schools on Long Island

Quad Culinary Academy, Syosset
Career certification programs in various commercial cooking specialties, as well as hotel and restaurant management.

Hunter Business School, Levittown
Diploma programs in many different categories including PC skills, computerized accounting, medical office administration, computer repair, medical billing or tax fundamentals. Also offers training in medical assistant skills in EKG and phlebotomy.

Business Informatics Center, Valley Stream
Degrees in court reporting and broadcast captioning.

New York College of Health Professions, Syosset
Bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in modern health specialties including acupuncture, asian bodywork and massage therapy. Certificates are also offered in holistic medicine for RN’s, self improvement and oriental physical arts like Yoga and T’ai Chi.

Hunter Business School, Medford
A similar listing of diploma programs as those offered at the Hunter Levittown campus, including computerized accounting, medical office administration, computer repair, medical billing and medical assistant skills in EKG and phlebotomy.

Sanford Brown Institute, Melville
Offers associates degrees in business, criminal justice, health care management, game design, graphic design and medical office administration. Also has a certificate program in medical assisting.

Branford Hall Career Institute, Bohemia
A career and technical school with a number of locations around the northeast, it’s Bohemia location offers programs in medical assistance, medical Billing and coding and HVAC/R (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

Island Drafting and Technical Institute, Amityville
A career school with varied programs in drafting and computer tech skills. It’s AOS (associate of occupational study) programs cover computer aided drafting & design and computer service technology. Diploma programs are offered in digital technology, information processing and computer aided drafting. The school also provides continuing education programs in AutoCAD, MCSE and Novell CNE.

Trade & Vocational Schools in New York City

TCI College for Technology
School with a variety of technology, business and facilities management programs. Offers associates degrees in accounting systems technology, business administration in finance, digital arts technology, security services technology, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, automotive technology and other disciplines. Certificate programs in facilities management and refrigeration and air conditioning technology.

Globe Institute of Technology
School with two Manhattan locations that has offers many degree programs as well as certificates. Gives associate degrees in banking and finance with computer applications, hospitality management, legal office management; bachelor programs in accounting for CPA licensure, business, and computer tech or info tech. Certificate programs in banking computer applications, legal office management, hospitality management, microcomputer programming for business and English as a second language.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with locations in New York (21st Street), Chicago and San Diego, PCI teaches acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, integrative medicine and massage. Associates programs in massage therapies, bachelor’s programs in Asian holistic health and massage and master’s programs in various Oriental and classical styles of acupuncture.

Quad Schools / Star Career Culinary Academy New York
Vocational training school in Greenwich Village that offers an unusual mix of programs in commercial and professional cooking, hotel and restaurant management, dialysis technician, surgical technology and medical assisting.

The Art Institutes
School focused on professional creative expression offers master’s, bachelor’sand associate’s degrees, as well as diplomas and certificate programs in advertising, digital design, fashion design, industrial design, animation, photography, web design, culinary arts & management and more.

The French Culinary Institute downtown, just south of Soho, FCI has a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, and a full spectrum culinary arts program starts with basic knife skills and progresses though every aspect of culinary arts. Can be completed in six months by day, or in nine months through night classes. Programs inn classic culinary arts, classic pastry arts and international bread baking.

Trade Schools in Northeastern New York State

Austin’s School of Spa Technology, Albany
Trains students to gain entry level positions in the spa and beauty industries. Programs include esthetics, barbering, hairdressing and cosmetology and nail technology.

ITT Technical Institute, Albany
Very large national institute with learning centers in over 30 states. It has three main schools that provide training in information technology, electronics technology and drafting and design.

Mildred Elley, Albany
Elley is a private school with two-year programs in vocational and technical areas. The school focuses on getting students ready to either go into the workforce quickly, or to move on to four-year bachelor completion programs. Degree programs offered include business management, information technology, paralegal studies, office & event management, digital multimedia design, game design, massage therapy, medical assisting and practical nursing (LPN program).

Ridley-Lowell Business & Techical Institute, Binghampton Campus
This school, which also has campuses in Poughkeepsie, NY and New London, CT, provides training in several popular vocational and career areas. Diploma programs are offered in administrative assistant, cosmetology, networking and technical support, criminal justice and managerial accounting.

Southeastern New York State Trade Schools

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute Poughkeepsie Campus
Ridley-Lowell specializes in professionally-driven training, and offers career placement assistance. The school, which also has a campus in Binghampton, offers several accelerated programs. Diplomas are offered in computerized bookkeeping, medical transcription, networking and technical support, office support, managerial accounting, information processing and legal office assistance.

Western New York State Trade Schools

ITT Technical Institute Getzville Campus
ITT is focused on associates degrees in specialties including information technology, criminal justice, visual communications, computer drafting and design and computer and electronics technology.

ITT Technical Institute Liverpool Campus
Liverpool branch of ITT Getzville with a slightly different group of programs offered. Degrees in information technology, computer and electronics technology, computer drafting and design and visual communications.

New York Institute of Esthetics, Buffalo
Prepares graduates for a job as a Licensed Esthetician. The skills for this position center around knowing how to improve the esthetic appearance of a client’s face, neck, arms, legs and shoulders with makeup rather than medical procedures. 30 and 60 week courses offered.

Leon Studio One, Amherst
A school of cosmetology and advanced hairdressing, for preparation to work in salons, spas and other person care businesses. Offers professional programs in cosmetology, esthetics and advanced training in hairdressing.

Elmira Business Institute Elmira Campus
A career school with programs in the most in-demand specialties in office work and medical facility assistance. Associate degrees in accounting, medical assistance, office technology, medical coding and reimbursement. Certificate programs in legal office assisting, medical coding and billing. medical assistance and business accounting.

Elmira Business Institute Vestal Campus
Vestal branch of EBI Elmira, with the same series of technology, accounting and medical office specialty programs. Associate degrees in accounting, medical assistance, office technology, medical coding and reimbursement. Certificate programs in legal office assisting, medical coding and billing. medical assistance and business accounting.

Onondaga School of Massage Therapy, Syracuse
Teaches current approaches to the science of massage therapy, with an aim toward training the highest quality therapists. Training can be taking via full time, part time or evening class schedules.

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute Binghampton Campus
Career training school that also has campuses in Poughkeepsie, New London, CT and Danbury, CT, which offers a wide range of medical and general office skills training in specialties that are in demand. Career diplomas and certificates in administrative assistant, information processing, legal office assisting, accounting, medical assistance, medical transcription, medical billing and coding, network and technical support and office support specialist.

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