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Vocational Training

Those who wish to attend a trade school or other vocational training institution, or community college to enter a specific career path must make choices that no one can take from them, namely where, when and which school to attend. Vocational education is related to the age-old apprenticeship system of apprenticeships, which  are based on a "learn as you work" principle. Their curricula are designed for many levels of work from manual trades to high knowledge from manual trades to high knowledge work. Below is a look at how non- and for profit vocational training institutions, community colleges and universities are rated and accredited.

Grants For Community Colleges

In response of the continuing high demand for formally trained and qualified medical assistants Hilda L. Solis
from the US Department of Labor officially announced on September 19, 2012 that the Obama administration will
provide $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for the development of professional
training programs under the new Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative
(TAA-CCCT), run by the US Department of Labor in coordination with the Department of Education. This is the
second round of grants in a four-year initiative totaling $2 billion.

For the first time in a federal initiative of this size, grantees are required to license the training materials they
produce under the Creative Commons Attribution license. This means, other educational institutions and their
student body will be able to access various text books and lesson materials for free and instructors will be
allowed to use and modify these texts in class. Also, the beauty of this program is that all grantees have formed
strategic partnerships with local employers. With these monies, schools can develop training programs that will
help grow the most promising local industries. They can invest in staff and educational resources and provide
students with access to free, digital learning materials. All of the course materials developed through these
grants will be available for use by other education providers through a Creative Commons license.

In her speech announcing these grants, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stressed that the open-licensing
requirement will make it easier for education providers to build on each other’s work. It is striking that this
announcement comes within days of California’s first-of-its-kind open textbook legislation. As more government
agencies begin to require publicly funded learning resources to be openly licensed, the more impact those
resources will have. As Ms. Solis put it in her speech, “‘We’re stronger when we work together’, it's not just a
statement of American values, it’s also a winning strategy for growth.”
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Who Accredits Vocational Schools in the USA?

United States Department of Education's accrediting agencies in the USA cover the major geographic regions within the USA:

Very helpful resource: U.S. Department of Education

Check postsecondary educational institutions by name and location to see whether they are accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Read Brain Track's Article:

The author explores and explains why an
Institution's accreditation is essential for online learning programs

Accreditation For Online Courses
Online training providers, non-traditional universities, and so-called virtual colleges that offer distance learning programs have different accreditation standards than brick-and-mortar universities, colleges, and vocational training institutions.

What Does Accreditation Mean To The Student? by DETC
If someone asked you if the institution you are taking a distance study course from is accredited, what would you say? What does accreditation mean to you?

Depending on individual goals and outcome, distance education is ideal and sufficient for many, but certain professions require approved training, clinical supervision and continued professional development.