trade school


Definition of trade school

: a secondary school teaching the skilled trades

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Established in 1939 and now housed in nine buildings on a 35-acre campus, the nonprofit Perry Tech is one of the nation’s brightest trade school success stories. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 Work in the field for two or three years to find out if the trades are a good fit before going to trade school. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 While some designers attend a trade school and go on to work at a major clothing brand, others start out in an entirely different career and pursue fashion design much later in life. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "How a First-Generation Fashion Designer Pays Tribute to Her Ghanaian Heritage," 26 Mar. 2019 Many trade schools nevertheless seem to be seeing an increase in the types of students who a decade ago might never have considered them a viable option. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 There are plenty of reputable private trade schools around the country. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 The Tacoma school was ranked as one of the top 25 trade schools in the nation by Forbes in 2018. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Students who beat steep odds credit Washington educators who wouldn’t give up on them," 4 Feb. 2019 Montecito High School seniors celebrated the leap to new opportunities at colleges, trade schools and jobs during their graduation ceremony held on the Ninth Street campus lawn June 6. Julie Gallant,, "Montecito graduates look ahead to new options," 12 June 2018 The trade school specializes in Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato woven leather technique. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Tomas Maier Is Exiting Bottega Veneta After 17 Years," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of trade school

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of trade school

US : a school in which people learn how to do a job that requires special skills

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