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Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities in Massachusetts

Discover your career college and universities, and new future in Massachusetts with a career education program of your choosing. Request Info! Each program from a Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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

Massachusetts Career-Focused Degree Programs

Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts are almost synonymous with top-notch education, and the state has the highly educated workforce to prove it. Read on for information about public and private institutions in Massachusetts.

The cradle of American education: Massachusetts and its venerable colleges and universities

Massachusetts leads the nation in many things, including affordable health care for nearly all residents and - you guessed it: education. There's no other state in the U.S. that has a longer and finer tradition of academic excellence than Massachusetts. The state capital and largest city, Boston, has enough universities for a small country, and the Ivy League tradition is at its finest in the tree-lined streets and the venerable halls of Harvard. The nation's oldest college, founded in 1636, is widely regarded as one of the best universities in the world. The nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology is equally renowned for engineering, sciences and high tech. However, you don't have to get a perfect score on your SAT to attend Massachusetts colleges and universities. There are plenty to choose from for students of all interest, grades, and backgrounds, including career colleges and vocational schools. The public higher education system includes 29 campuses divided into three segments: 15 community colleges, nine state universities and the five Massachusetts universities.

The cost of a college education in Massachusetts

As you might imagine, the price tag for private universities such as Harvard and MIT is quite steep. However, scholarships and grants abound, and Massachusetts state colleges are quite affordable. Have a look at cost of tuition for the 2011-12 school year at a variety of Massachusetts colleges, universities and career colleges:

  • Boston College (private): $20,700
  • Harvard (private): $36,000
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (public): $8,075
  • UMass Amherst (public): $12,600

The average cost for a four-year degree at a public university in the state is $6,399, according to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Massachusetts campuses are very diverse, partly because tens of thousands of international students flock to the gorgeous American East Coast every year. Massachusetts itself is a very diverse state, so your roommate might be from Wisconsin, Calif., Timbuktu or Ankara.

In addition to academia, Massachusetts has a long history of industrial labor and strong trades, and the state's community colleges honor that legacy by offering a wide variety of vocational and technical training programs. The Massachusetts Community College System has an enrollment of more than 210,000 students, and 90 percent of its graduates are part of the in-state labor force. Popular degrees include computer-aided design (CAD), financial services, fiber and laser optics, machine tool technology, robotics and much more. MCCS offers two-year degrees, workforce training, vocational training, career training and hundreds of degrees and programs. If you saw the movie ""Good Will Hunting,"" you might remember Bunker Hill College and the prominent role it played in the film. The real-life Bunker Hill College is one of many well-rounded Massachusetts vocational schools and career colleges. It offers two-year degrees in a variety of fields, including associate degrees in arts and science and a variety of certificates, such as web development, imaging informatics, meeting and event planning, substance abuse services, paralegal and many more.

Where the money is: earnings for graduates of Massachusetts colleges, universities, technical and trade schools

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following mean annual wages for positions that require formal education for Massachusetts as of May 2010:

  • Computer support specialists: $59,800
  • Clinical laboratory technicians: $39,360
  • Electricians: $58,690
  • Logisticians: $79,690
  • Preschool teachers: $33,450
  • Social workers: $50,260

Many out-of-state students never leave picturesque Massachusetts after graduation, and many natives see no reason to leave, either. That makes Massachusetts one of the most highly educated states in the nation. In Boston alone, more than 42 percent of adults hold a college degree. Massachusetts is a state where you can enjoy your education.

Author: Judy Jenner

Judy A. Jenner is a freelance writer and translator based in Las Vegas. She's the author of one book, has written dozens of articles for industry publications around the world, and writes a monthly business column. Previously, Judy was the Spanish Content Manager for and Content Manager for, where she wrote extensively about travel and tourism. Judy serves on the board of CLASS!, a bilingual newspaper for high school students, and is the president of the Nevada Interpreters and Translators Association. Judy holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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