How to pronounce vocational (audio)
: of, relating to, or concerned with a vocation
: of, relating to, or undergoing training in a skill or trade to be pursued as a career
a vocational school
vocational students
vocationally adverb

Examples of vocational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based in Tinley Park, St. Coletta’s of Illinois provides educational and vocational training services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. C.r. Walker, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2023 Other experts recommended turning to people outside your organization, like friends, family, career counselors or vocational psychologists, to get a different perspective. Christina Caron, New York Times, 6 Aug. 2023 The base fare for K-12 students is being reduced from $1 to 75 cents, and for college and vocational students from $1.75 to 75 cents. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2023 Related: Wu, Skipper propose big changes to BPS high schools Earlier this summer, Wu and Skipper proposed an extensive renovation of the Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that would allow enrollment to double to 2,200 and create space for new vocational programs. Niki Griswold, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 Given the high unemployment rates, and the general lack of access to career and technical education and other vocational training in local educational institutions, my vision was initially to create vocational options to build bridges to employment and reduce the informational and skills gap. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2023 Some institutional gardens have specialized vocational programs to teach people skills such as landscape maintenance, horticulture and direct marketing. Emma Fox, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 Cleo Krejci covers higher education, vocational training and retraining as a Report For America corps member based at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Cleo Krejci, Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2023 The program helps pay for vocational or technical training, a certificate or an individual's first associate, bachelor's or master's degree. Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vocational was in 1652

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“Vocational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocational. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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vo·​ca·​tion·​al vō-ˈkā-shnəl How to pronounce vocational (audio)
: of, relating to, or concerned with a vocation
: of, relating to, or involved in training in a skill or trade to be followed as a career
vocational school

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