In the United States, a technical school is a two-year college that covers fields such as
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finance Finance is the study of financial institutions, financial markets and how they operate within the financial system. It is concerned with the creation and management of money and investments. Savers and investors have money available which could ...
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, tourism, construction, engineering,
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, information technology and community work.

Associations supporting technical schools

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest U.S. education association dedicated to promoting career and technical education.

United States military

Technical school is also the term used in the
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for the job specific training given immediately after
recruit training Recruit training, more commonly known as basic training or regularly boot camp, refers to the initial instruction of new military personnel. Recruit training is a physically and psychologically intensive process, which resocializes its subjects ...
. Though similar to the training provided by a two-year college, the training is much more concise, eschewing any
coursework Coursework is work performed by students or trainees for the purpose of learning. Coursework may be specified and assigned by teachers, or by learning guides in self-taught courses. Coursework can encompass a wide range of activities, including p ...
outside the minimum necessary to begin working in the chosen career field; additionally, the training is more time intensive, often including more than nine in-class hours per day.
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technical school is typically one to three months in duration, though some schools are as short as two weeks or as long as two years. Upon graduation, military technical school recruits are qualified only as
and must work under supervision until they have completed a more extensive on-the-job training program. Many times the military training can be converted to standard university credits, leaving the graduating recruit with only a few general education requirement courses (such as speech or composition) to complete in order to receive the more traditional two-year technical school diploma referenced above.

See also

* Secondary technical school: an obsolete type of school in the United Kingdom *
Technical and further education In Australia, technical and further education or TAFE () institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational education, vocational courses, mostly qualifying courses under the National Training System (Australia), National Training Syste ...
(Australia) * Technikum (Polish education)


Vocational Education in the United States: Toward the Year 2000
US National Center for Education Statistics

External links

Career College Association websiteAssociation of Career and Technical Education (ACTE)Career College Industry Site
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