Names 100 Best Colleges for Online Vocational Training

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Top Value Trade Schools, Vocational Programs at Colleges and Universities Highlighted in 2016 Lists.

Leading online higher education resource center has released it’s ranking of the Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools for 2016-2017. Lists include the top 100 schools offering trade or vocational training programs online, with Washburn University, University of Southern Mississippi, Siena Heights University, Weber State University and Fort Hays State University earning the highest scores in the four-year school category and East Mississippi Community College, San Juan College, Hutchinson Community College, New Mexico Junior College and Tulsa Community College earning the highest scores in the two-year school category.

"Trade and vocational programs are making more of an impact when it comes to online education than ever before,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "Although many trades require hands-on training, the schools on our lists are giving students more flexibility by offering vocational learning programs online.”

Schools are evaluated on a variety of cost and quality standards to determine their position on the Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list by Each is required to meet specific base standards; all institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition below $5,000 per year at two-year schools or $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Eligible institutions are divided by whether they are two-year or four-year schools, weighed on factors such as financial aid offerings and online program variety, then scored against one another to determine rank.

More information on the data points, methodology and specific scores given to each school on the Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list can be found online at:

Two-year schools receiving honors on the 2016-2017 Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list:

Atlanta Technical College
Barton County Community College
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Piedmont Community College
Central Texas College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Cowley County Community College
Crowder College
East Arkansas Community College
East Mississippi Community College
Edgecombe Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Gateway Community and Technical College
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Grayson College
Great Falls College Montana State University
Holmes Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Indian Hills Community College
Itawamba Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Madisonville Community College
Metropolitan Community College
Moraine Park Technical College
Navarro College
New Mexico Junior College
North Dakota State College of Science
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Ozarks Technical Community College
Pamlico Community College
Panola College
Pitt Community College
San Juan College
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Shoreline Community College
Sinclair College
Southwest Virginia Community College
Spokane Community College
State Fair Community College
Surry Community College
Tallahassee Community College
Three Rivers Community College
Tulsa Community College
Tyler Junior College
Volunteer State Community College
Western Nebraska Community College

Four-year schools receiving honors on the 2016-2017 Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list:

California State University - East Bay
Central Washington University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarkson College
Clayton State University
College of Southern Nevada
East Carolina University
East Tennessee State University
Ferris State University
Florida International University
Fort Hays State University
Granite State College
Hampton University
Hodges University
Indiana State University
Liberty University
Morehead State University
North Carolina Central University
Northern Arizona University
Northern State University
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Old Dominion University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Siena Heights University
South Dakota State University
Southern Polytechnic State University
St. Petersburg College
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
The University of Alabama
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Tiffin University
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Dakota
University of Southern Mississippi
Utah Valley University
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washburn University
Weber State University
Western Carolina University
Western Kentucky University
Wichita State University
William Woods University

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