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Military-Friendly Vocational Colleges

Created by: MSG Randall High, U.S. Army (ret)

Military friendly vocational colleges are an excellent option for those who are looking for career-specific training in a relatively short amount of time.

Vocational programs offer job-specific training, preparing students for careers such as heating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians; cosmetologists; licensed vocational nurses; auto mechanics; dental assistants and welders. Servicemembers and veterans may use GI Bill education benefits to cover tuition at military friendly vocational colleges, making this an affordable choice. Most vocational schools offer diploma and certificate programs that take less time to complete than a bachelor's degree--anywhere from only a few months to two years, depending on the career and one's pace of study.

Career opportunities after attending military friendly vocational colleges

While no vocational school can guarantee a particular job or salary, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported mean annual salaries as of May 2009 for these careers that are predicted to grow faster than the average between 2008 and 2018:

  • Dental assistants, $34,000
  • HVAC/R mechanics and installers, $43,670
  • Skin care specialists, $31,990

Jobs are projected to increase for dental assistants by 36 percent, HCAV/R mechanics and installers by 28 percent and skin care specialists by 38 percent.

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This list does not include all schools that accept GI Bill funding or VA Benefits. For a more complete list of schools, click here.

This list does not include all schools that accept GI Bill funding or VA Benefits. For a more complete list of schools, click here.

Disclaimer: does not guarantee the schools listed above accept GI Bill funding. Please check with the school before enrolling.

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