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Long Island Trade Schools

Selecting a Long Island Trade School

Perhaps you're a high school graduate who has decided that college is not for you. Or perhaps, you are looking to switch careers. Regardless of your circumstances, a trade school (or vocational school) is an excellent starting point to get you on the right track particularly in this increasingly difficult job market.

Trade schools are geared for training you on how to get started in a new career whether it is automotive repair or technician, hair stylist, paralegal, medical assistant, truck driver, bartender, culinary, computer, or one of the other skilled jobs that require training or certification. Many schools also help students identify prospective employers and assist in the job application process.

It is important to understand that not all trade schools are what they claim they are. While most schools are reputable and do what they claim, some have a primary objective of just getting your money.

Before enrolling in any trade school, it's important to do the following:
  • Know what you are interested in ahead of time. Don't let a representative at the school convince you to go into an area that you can't picture yourself doing.
  • Research the employment opportunities in the area you are interested in. Call on a few of the jobs and ask the employer about the skill set they would be looking for. Will the trade school provide you with that skill set?
  • If possible, spend a day at the school and even sit in on some classes. Speak to the teachers and make sure you would be comfortable being in their class. Find out about their credentials? Do they or have they worked in the field?
  • Check out the equipment for your trade at the school. Is it state-of-the art or is it outdated?
  • What is the program's success rate? What percentage of students complete the program? How many find jobs in their field and of the ones that find jobs, how long did it take and what was the average starting salary?
  • Ask for a list of recent graduates. Ask some about their experiences with the school.
  • Get your finances in order? How much will the program cost including books, equipment, lab fees, and uniforms? Are there any extra fees? How will you pay for the program? Is financial aid available?
  • Ask for the names and phone numbers of the school's licensing and accrediting organizations. Check with these organizations to find out whether the school is current on its license and accreditation. Licensing is handled by state agencies. In many states, private vocational schools are licensed through the New York state Department of Education. Accreditation can be an important clue to a school's ability to provide appropriate training and education
Once you've made a decision on which school to attend, review the materials the school gives you, including the contract.

To finance your trade school training program, you may apply for financial aid through the school's financial aid program. If you take out a loan, be sure you read the agreement and understand the terms of repayment before you sign. Know when repayment begins and how much each payment will be.

Also realize that you're responsible for paying off the loan whether or not you complete the training program.

Apprenticeship Training
David R Bluth Association
106 Broadway
Bethpage, NY 11714
(516) 822-2742

Automobile Driving Schools
All Time Driving School
1120 Montauk Hwy # A
Mastic, NY 11950
(631) 657-6969

Beauty Salons
Royal Beauty Salon
6100 Sunrise Hwy
Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 308-7000

Colleges & Universities
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Ave # 1
Bethpage, NY 11714
(516) 918-3700
Business Informatics Center
134 S Central Ave
Valley Stream, NY 11580
(516) 561-0050

Computer Training
Access Computers
252 W Old Country Rd
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 433-0341
Adil Business Systems
82 N Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 827-4780
American Computer Services
410 6th St # A
West Babylon, NY 11704
(631) 956-3696
Global-Net Solutions
1225 Franklin Ave # 325
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 775-0100

Cosmetology & Barber Schools
Beveal International Beauty
983 Church St
Baldwin, NY 11510
(516) 208-7593

Culinary Programs
Star Career Academy
125 Michael Drive
Syosset, NY 11791

Elementary & Secondary Schools
Adult Learning Center
3100 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY 11756
(516) 622-5623
Bellmore Adult Education
1260 Meadowbrook Rd
North Merrick, NY 11566
(516) 379-7760

Franklin Career Institute
91 N. Franklin Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 481-4444

Junior Colleges
Academy Of Bartenders
1800 Middle Country Rd
Centereach, NY 11720
(631) 580-1400
American Investment Training
300 Motor Pkwy # 200
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 234-8378
Boces Aviation Academy
133 Dawn Dr
Shirley, NY 11967
(631) 399-4117

Misc Schools & Instruction
A LA Carte Culinary Service
32 Atlantic Ave
Lynbrook, NY 11563
(516) 599-2922
ABC Cooking School
70 Merrick Rd
Amityville, NY 11701
(631) 608-3004

Other Technical & Trade Schools
Access Careers
474 Fulton Ave # 201
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 433-0034
Gloria K School
500 Northern Blvd
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 482-2323

Tax Preparation Services
H&R Block
219 Forest Ave
Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 759-0033
H&R Block
204 W Old Country Rd
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 433-5818

Long Island Trade Schools

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