Vocational schools are also known as career and trade schools. Vocational schools specialize in teaching students skills that are needed to perform responsibilities in specific trades. These jobs include, but are not limited to, cosmetology, graphic design, HVAC (heating, venting, and air conditioning), culinary arts, auto mechanics, and many others.
There are many venues of vocational study, from public and private programs, to those that are government-funded or endorsed by larger institutions. Vocational schools, unlike traditional degree programs, will focus primarily on developing a skill set that can be directly applied to an occupation upon graduation. Hands-on training, internships, and relevant experience are heavily emphasized, in addition to coursework.
Vocational schools generally take less time than other programs, although many students choose to pursue supplemental education and certification to strengthen employment appeal.