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Since 1968, OKAW Area Vocational Center has been educating Junior and Seniors from 12 local schools. We offer vocational programs designed to teach life and trade skills that are necessary for successful careers in today's fast-paced world. To learn more about our 50+ years of experience in vocational training, check out the video below! 

"Every year, millions of high school seniors apply to college, but a good fraction of these students may not feel that a four-year degree is right for them. Even if they end up going to a traditional university and landing a stable job, they may find themselves in a career that isn't personally fulfilling.

You may be someone who feels an altogether different calling, a desire for a vocation that deals in the concrete and material rather than the digital and abstract. Author of "Shop Class as Soulcraft," Matthew B. Crawford, put it this way: "You can’t hammer a nail over the internet." If this quote speaks to you, you might consider enrolling in a trade school.

  • Entering a trade offers personal fulfillment, high salary potential, and job stability.
  • Trade schools generally cost less and take less time than four-year college degrees.
  • Trades are in high demand, but continuing education is essential to stay competitive."

The text above is the introduction to an article published in September of 2021 by To access the full article, click the following link:  The Value of Trade Schools in Today’s Economy.