vo·​ca·​tion·​al | \ vō-ˈkā-shnəl How to pronounce vocational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of vocational

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with a vocation
2 : of, relating to, or undergoing training in a skill or trade to be pursued as a career a vocational school vocational students

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Other Words from vocational

vocationally adverb

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Public education in the five boroughs encompasses not only schools divided by grade but also vocational schools, specialized schools, charter schools, alternative schools, and an extensive array of programming within the schools. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Back to School Reform," 8 Sep. 2019 The nonprofit also offers clients free education and job placement, as well as vocational training through its sewing and culinary arts programs. Kathleen Toner, CNN, "She started helping Detroit's impoverished community in her house. Now, her nonprofit has reached 250,000 people.," 12 Sep. 2019 Tiger Perk is a pre-vocational job skills training program for students in grades 7-12. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland.com, "Tiger Perk coffee shop at Chagrin Falls High School teaches business skills," 5 Sep. 2019 The Music Forward Foundation offers free vocational training in the music industry to young people living in diverse and underserved communities. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Carlos Santana, Khalid & More Named Ambassadors for House of Blues Music Forward Foundation," 20 Aug. 2019 An urban garden in the community will be tripled in size and is intended to provide healthy food for the campus along with vocational jobs for the community and income selling produce to local businesses. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Janice McNair donating $5.5 million to Pro-Vision Inc.," 12 Aug. 2019 Young adults often see vocational jobs as a grueling line of work offering no career advancement or financial and job security. Brenda Richardson, chicagotribune.com, "Skilled-labor shortage makes home repairs a headache," 19 Apr. 2018 The labor department predicts 33 million high-paying vocational jobs will open up by 2030. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Young challenger takes on veteran New Berlin School Board members in April 3 race," 28 Feb. 2018 Several of the actors are members of Milwaukee’s Russian immigrant community; others are regulars at the city’s Eisenhower Center, a vocational training program for people with disabilities. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Give Me Liberty’ is a brilliant madcap farce on wheels," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of vocational

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of vocational

: relating to the special skills, training, etc., that you need for a particular job or occupation


vo·​ca·​tion·​al | \ vō-ˈkā-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce vocational (audio) \

Kids Definition of vocational

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with an occupation vocational opportunities
2 : relating to or providing training in a skill or trade to be pursued as a career a vocational school

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