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College vs. Technical College - Know the Differences

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Technical college and community college can both provide beneficial experiences for students. However, there are differences between the two that may include associated costs, skills acquired, and program length.


Often, the terms “technical college” and “community college” 1 will be used interchangeably, but community colleges are typically more focused on general education, while technical college or trade schools are career specific.

As you explore options for furthering your education, it's good to know the differences between the many types of schools out there. Today, we'll take a look at the major differences between community colleges and technical colleges.


Know Your Options

Let's face it: making a decision about where to go to school can sometimes be overwhelming and time consuming--unless you're one of those people who knows exactly what they want to do and if that's the case, good for you! The decision can be even harder if you don't have the facts about various types of schools and what they have to offer.


In this post, we'll explore the differences between community colleges often called 2-year colleges and technical colleges sometimes called career colleges, so you can compare the two and decide which one might be better for you and your future plans.


Technical Colleges

At most technical colleges, the programs operate a bit differently than at community colleges. As we mentioned above, these schools are sometimes referred to as career colleges, which means the programs are all career focused in nature. Technical colleges commonly offer programs in automotive technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, health sciences and skilled trades, such as welding. These programs may result in an associate's degree, certificate of completion or diploma, depending on the school.


Instead of requiring classes in several different subjects, these programs typically include classes that focus directly on a specific career and a great deal of hands-on training. The length of the programs can vary from a few months to a couple of years, but many are offered on an uninterrupted basis, meaning there are no semester breaks like there would be at traditional colleges. Also, since the programs at these schools work the way they do prepare you for a specific job, credits may not transfer like they would at other colleges.

Technical Colleges

Because technical colleges can be public or private institutions, the cost of tuition and fees can vary drastically. According to the NCES, the cost of tuition and fees for the largest program medical/clinical assistant at Lincoln Technical Institute a private for-profit school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was 16,400 for the 2015-2016 school year. However, the cost of tuition and fees at Anoka Technical College a public school in Anoka, Minnesota, was 5,584 per year 2015-2016. Like community colleges, technical colleges typically don't offer on-campus housing, so you'll have to factor housing costs in if you plan on living somewhere other than your current home. From what we see here, it's a pretty safe bet to say that technical colleges in general are pricier than community colleges.

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