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Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities in Connecticut

Find a guide to Connecticut colleges, universities, and trade schools offering certificates, bachelor's and associate's degrees. Each program from a Connecticut Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field. The programs are designed to get you work-ready, equipped with the practical knowledge, and the competence needed to obtain a competitive career in Connecticut.

At career colleges in Connecticut, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

Connecticut Career-Focused Degree Programs

Choose the right school, and you'll choose the right path to a rewarding career.

Connecticut colleges, universities and career schools

The small state of Connecticut is a big presence in the academic realm. The Constitution State's cache of dozens of public, private and technical colleges and universities includes an Ivy League school, a military academy and several top-notch community colleges that offer both associate and bachelor's degree programs.

One of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut's historical significance is reflected in its arts, culture and architecture. But it's not just an attractive location for Revolutionary War buffs; Connecticut is also home to the Mark Twain House and Museum; The Barnum Museum dedicated to the life and career of circus pioneer Phineas Taylor Barnum; and Stew Leonard's World's Largest Dairy Store -- in case you need an ice cream break during a study session. In addition to these wonderful and wacky tourist attractions, Connecticut offers beautiful seascapes, thriving city life and proximity to Boston and New York City.

New Haven

New Haven's biggest employer is also one of its biggest academic attractions - Yale University. This Ivy League school was founded in 1701, making it one of the oldest academic institutions in the country. Yale offers top-notch programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and technology.

New Haven and the surrounding area are also home to several public and private colleges and universities that offer certificates and/or associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate-level degrees, including:

  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • The University of New Haven
  • Gateway Community College
  • Quinnipiac University

If you're interested in pursuing a degree and a subsequent career in the biotech or pharmaceutical fields, New Haven is a great place to begin. There are 39 biotech firms in the Greater New Haven area, and pharma giant Pfizer has a major clinical research center here.


Perched upon the banks of the Connecticut River, Hartford's economy is largely driven by the insurance industry. The oldest insurance agency in the United States, the Hartford Insurance Company is headquartered here, as are Aetna and Travelers. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in this industry may do well to pursue their education in Hartford.

But there are so many other reasons to flock to Hartford! Connecticut's capital is teaming with U.S. history. The nation's oldest, continually published newspaper is the ""The Hartford Courant""; this draws aspiring journalists; and there's an exciting arts scene present, much of it orbiting around the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. All in all, Hartford is a diverse city with a slew of educational and professional opportunities.

As far as schools go, perhaps the best known Hartford institution is Trinity College, a liberal arts school that was founded in 1823. Offering a diverse education that includes an engineering major, rare for a liberal arts school, Trinity still holds high appeal to aspiring students, even though it's considered a relative ""grandfather"" of academia. The gorgeous setting doesn't hurt. ""The New York Times"" reported that 2011 applications to Trinity had increased by an astonishing 43 percent since 2010.

All of the universities, trade schools and career colleges in Hartford and its surrounding areas offer rich academic and vocational programs designed to prepare you for a rewarding career. These schools include the following:

  • Goodwin College
  • Lincoln Culinary Institute
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Hartford
  • Capital Community College
  • University of Hartford
  • Hartford Seminary

Pursuing your degree in this vibrant city will give you access to a culturally and economically compelling environment.

Why choose Connecticut?

The mean annual income of Connecticut residents is $51,920, and the number of jobs opportunities is growing, making this small state a large draw for people who are eager to jump start their careers. With a rich pool of schools from which to choose from, and a chance to live, learn and work in a vibrant economy, why wouldn't you choose Connecticut?

Author: Sara Faith Alterman

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