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    American Institute Trade School
    With campuses in New Jersey and Connecticut, American Institute offers student-centered learning through distance education with on-campus support in healthcare, business and language. The faculty, staff, and curricula provide a real-world, relevant education. The school’s goal is to give people all they need to begin a new career. For flexibility, there are hybrid programs that combine in-person and online schooling.

    • 99 South St. West Hartford, CT 06110
    • Business, Electrical, Healthcare and Nursing, Medical Billing and Coding, Wellness

    Cortiva Institute
    With over 30 locations in 13 states, Cortiva Institute serves many people looking for careers in massage therapy or skin care. Students can complete accelerated programs in less than a year. All tracks are nationally accredited. During schooling, attendees are able to grow as professionals to prepare for their futures.

    • 1154 Poquonnock Rd. Groton, CT 06340
    • 75 Kitts La. Newington, CT 06111
    • 25 Sylvan Rd. S. Westport, CT 06880
    • Cosmetology and Barbering, Massage Therapy, Wellness

    Lincoln Culinary Institute
    Lincoln Culinary Institute offers certifications in Culinary Arts and Professional Baking.

    • 8 Progress Dr. Shelton, CT 06484
    • Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management

    Lincoln Tech
    Now with over 20 locations across the United States, Lincoln Tech opened its first New Jersey campus in 1946. Specializing in hands-on technical career training, degree programs include automotive, health sciences, culinary arts, cosmetology, and other skilled trades. Educators work hard to give learners the practical skills needed to succeed in new vocations.

    • 97 Newberry Rd. East Windsor, CT 06088
    • 200 John Downey Dr. New Britain, CT 06051
    • 8 Progress Dr. Shelton, CT 06484
    • Automotive, Computer and Information Technology, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Healthcare and Nursing, HVAC and Building Services, Machine Operation, Trucking and Transportation

    New England Tractor Trailer Training School
    Students can undergo CDL or HVAC training at one of the four New England Tractor Trailer Training School campuses. The New England Tractor Trailer Training School, commonly known as NETTS specializes in commercial truck driving and transportation-related training programs including Class A and Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training. These programs cover essential skills such as vehicle operation, safety procedures, and regulations. A significant aspect of NETTS' approach to education is hands-on training from experienced instructors. Students often have the opportunity to practice their driving skills with modern trucks and equipment, preparing them for real-world situations on the road. NETTS often offers job placement assistance to graduates. The school is accredited ACCSC.

    • 510 Barnum Ave., 4th Floor Bridgeport, CT 06608
    • 32 Field Rd. Somers, CT 06071
    • Trucking and Transportation

    Paul Mitchell Schools
    There are more than 100 Paul Mitchell Schools nationwide that prepare future professionals for careers in the beauty industry. Students can learn in-demand skills to become cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians and nail designers.

    • 97 Washington Avenue #8 North Haven, CT 06473
    • Cosmetology and Barbering

    Porter and Chester Institute
    Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) is a well-established technical and career institution that was founded in 1946. They are accredited by ACCSC. A hallmark of PCI's approach to education is hands-on learning through labs and workshops that simulate industry environments. Some programs at PCI may include externship opportunities, allowing students to gain practical experience in real workplaces. The institution often offers flexible scheduling options, including day and evening classes, to accommodate various lifestyles. PCI provides career services to help graduates with job placement, resume building, and interview prep.

    • 221 West Main St. Branford, CT 06405
    • 132 Weymouth Rd. Enfield, CT 06082
    • 470 Bank St. New London, CT 06320
    • 30 Waterchase Dr. Rocky Hill, CT 06067
    • 670 Lordship Blvd. Stratford, CT 06615
    • 881 Wolcott St. Waterbury, CT 06705
    • Automotive, Computer and Information Technology, Cosmetology and Barbering, Healthcare and Nursing, HVAC and Building Services

    Post University
    Students at Post University can take advantage of a hybrid on-campus or online method of learning. Established in 1890 in Connecticut, the school has developed dozens of degrees and certifications in fields like marketing, criminal justice, and accounting. Ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, this institution is suitable for busy lifestyles.

    • 800 Country Club Rd., P.O. Box 2540 Waterbury, CT 06723
    • Business, Communications and Media, Criminal Justice and Law, Graphics, Design, and Arts, Healthcare and Nursing, Social Services


    Career Outlook in Connecticut

    Ongoing job growth in the region means employers will need more qualified candidates to fill open positions. With average annual salaries near $60K and ample job opportunities, it’s an excellent time to earn a degree or certificate in these high-demand fields at one of Connecticut’s trade schools.

    Due to the increased focus on mental health, there will be several job openings for counselors in the coming years. Connecticut’s Bureau of Labor projects that employment of software developers will also increase over 29%, especially for those who create mobile applications.

    Industry Growth in Connecticut

    The health and wellness sectors continue to show good potential for growth as well. Students who learn massage or physical therapy should find many opportunities to utilize their skills in medical practices, rehab center, or as an entrepreneur. As demand for home health aides rises, those with nursing backgrounds should also have an easy time finding work in Connecticut.