Are you looking for something more hands-on? There are lots of options out there - some here in NJ, and others across the country. You do not have to "stay home", if that's not what you're looking for! Check out this article of the top Two-Year Trade Schools - #1 is the Pittsburgh School of Aeronautics, and 60% of their students are from out-of-state. In two years, you could become an Aviation Mechanic - a field where the median salary is $63K a year.
What should you be looking for?
Structure and Length of Program
% of students who finish the program in the intended amount of time
Employment rate within 6 months of graduation
Starting and median salaries in the field
Career services support provided by the school
Cost - and what type of financial aid is available
Accreditation of the school; For-profit vs not-for-profit status
For some jobs, you might be able to find an apprenticeship program. These are structured programs where you take some coursework but are otherwise learning on the job, from experienced workers. Some apprenticeships (especially in the typical "trade" fields) run their apprenticeships through their local unions. Applications only come out once a year, and it's a competitive process. Google is your friend. Try something like "Bergen county nj plumbers union". PLAN AHEAD!
Public County Vocational Schools (always check websites for most current info):
CAREER TECH NJ: https://www.careertechnj.org/
Bergen County Technical Schools, Hackensack
Full-time day programs: Business professional/administrative assistant, Plumbing & Heating, Electrical Technology, HVAC & Refrigeration
Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Aide, Dental Assisting, ECG Technician, Licensed Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Pet Grooming, Phlebotomy Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Carpentry, Electrician, HVAC, Plumbing, Auto Collision, Auto Technology, Diesel Technology, Welding, Cosmetology, Wastewater Operations,
Auto Repair, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Forklift Training, Plumbing Apprenticeship, Welding,
Hunterdon County Vocational Technical School, Flemington
Veterinary Assistant, Aesthetics,Certified Nurse Aide, Child Development Associate credential, Cosmetology, Drone Piloting, Fire Academy, Heavy Equipment Operator, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Welding, Wastewater Operations
Apprenticeship Programs: Automotive, Electrician, Plumbing, HVAC-R, Culinary, Vet Asst/Lab Tech
Additional basic, continuing education courses available.
Mercer County Vocational Technical School, Pennington and Trenton
Evening programs: Automotive Technology, Barbering, Cosmetology, Diesel and Truck Technology, Esthetics, Welding, Wastewater Operations
Certified Home Health Aide, EKG Technician, Massage Therapy, Venipuncture
Middlesex County Vocational Technical School, East Brunswick and Piscataway
Full-time Programs (afternoon or evening, depending upon program): Automotive Technology, Electrical Technology, HVAC and Refrigeration, Plumbing Technology, Practical Nursing, Cosmetology
Monmouth County Vocational School District, multiple locations in Monmouth County
Pre-Licensure Real Estate, Legal Secretary Training, Child Development Associate, Automotive Technology, Welding, Dental Assistant, Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, Practical Nursing, Cosmetology
Note: FREE pre-apprenticeship program available for women and minorities, FREE ESL Healthcare classes, FREE Certified Nurse Aide program
Morris County Vocational School District, Denville
HVAC/Refrigeration, Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG or Phlebotomy Technician, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Plumbing, Real Estate Pre-Licensing, Automotive Technology
Intro courses in Carpentry, Woodworking, Intro to Electrical Trades
Union County Vocational Technical School, Scotch Plains
Full-time programs (8am-2pm or 2pm-8pm, depending on program): Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Electrical Technology, HVAC/Plumbing
Private Career Training Options (check sites for most current info):
AIMS Education, Piscataway and Edison
MRI Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Technologist, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Neurodiagnostic Technologist, Surgical Technologist, Endoscopy Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, Cardiac Monitor Technician, EKG/Phlebotomy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician
American Institute, Somerset
Administrative Office Professional, Medical/Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy
American Institute of Alternative Medicine, East Brunswick
Artistic Academy, Morris Plans
Cosmetology, Aesthetics (facials, body treatment, makeup)
Berkeley College, several locations (degree programs also offered)
Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance, Billing and Coding, Patient Care Technician, Practical Nurse, Surgical Processing Technician
Central Career School, South Plainfield
Medical/Dental Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Computer Networking and Security, Business and Technology Administrative Professional
duCret School of Art, Plainfield
Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration
Eastwick College, Ramsey, Hackensack and Nutley
Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing, Business and Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography, Electronics and Computer Technology, Funeral Service, Health Information Technology, Health Science, HVACR, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, OB/Gyn - Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Registered Nurse, Surgical Technology, Ultrasound Technology
Fortis Institute, Lawrenceville
Medical/Dental Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, HVAC & Refrigeration, Electrical Systems Technician
Electrician Apprenticeship, Facilities Management, Manufacturing Technology, Plumber Apprenticeship, Welding,
The Kubert School, Dover
Cartooning and Graphic Art
Lincoln Tech, South Plainfield
Diesel and Truck Technology, Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology, Welding and Metal Fabrication Technology
Lincoln Tech, Iselin
Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Computer & Network Support Technician
Lincoln Tech, Union
Automotive Technology, Electrical and Electronic Systems Technology, HVAC
Parisian Beauty Academy (Hackensack)
Robert Fiance Beauty Schools, North Plainfield, other locations
Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics/Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology
Cosmetology, Skin Care, Nail Technology, Barbering
Universal Technical Institute, Bloomfield (other locations nationwide with different programs)
Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology
Orlando, FL - Marine Mechanics
Orlando, FL and Phoenix, AZ - Motorcycle Mechanics
Some Special Tuition Assistance Options (info subject to change, check websites for updates):
This agency provides tuition assistance with career training for individuals with learning disabilities and physical or mental impairments. Speak to your Case Manager for information about the referral process.
Division-funded services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities eligible to receive prevocational and life skills training.
NJ Workforce Development - One Stop Career Centers - WIOA Grant
These centers are staffed with qualified professionals who assist youth (16-24 years old), unemployed or underemployed individuals with obtaining tuition grants for training needed to meet the demands of our present workforce
NJ Governor’s Industry Vocations Scholarship (NJ-GIVS) awards tuition benefits to women and minority students pursuing a certificate or degree program in a construction-related field. Please call 973-627-4601 x.245 for more information or go to http://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJ-GIVS_program.pdf for a brochure.
The AWS Welder Training Scholarship is for students seeking welder training in a program up to two years through a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training, and cannot be used for credits towards a four-year program. Each AWS District has 25-$1,000 scholarships to award in 2019. Five scholarships will be designated for high schools senior for training following graduation.
This annual scholarship program has helped thousands of high school seniors afford a career education at hundreds of career schools across the United States. Each year, every high school in the United States and Puerto Rico may nominate up to five graduating seniors to receive a $1,000 Imagine America scholarship! Contact Mrs. Thomson to be nominated. Students must plan to attend one of these specific schools.
Applicants must plan to pursue a career in the automotive industry and enroll in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or technical/trade school Minimum GPA: 3.0
A scholarship for hard working students pursuing further study in a trade. Must enrolled in an approved program: automotive technology, aviation technology, carpentry, commercial driving, construction, diesel technology, electrical technology, farming and agriculture, fire science and technology, heavy equipment operation, HVAC, machinery, manufacturing, marine technology, pipefitting, plumbing or welding.
Qualified students who will be pursuing a Trade or Vocational degree at an accredited school located in New Jersey. Must be a US citizen or legal resident. (2) awards valued up to a total of $6,000 depending on the total cost of the program, to be applied to tuition only.