Vocational training programs in the USA, well-known as “trade schools”, are positioned between secondary education and undergraduate studies, regarding level of education.
Regarding their practical side, these programs are made for students who wish to study for a specific occupation, to advance in their career or to change a career. They cover a variety of occupations and study fields, related to technology, industry, design, hospitality, tourism, IT medical care, business etc.
Vocational training programs are offered at so called community colleges. Studies could last 2 or 4 years, but there are also programs that last only 6 months. The qualifications you can earn on these studies are certificates and diplomas, depending on the program and duration.
Tuition fees for vocational studies depend on the program, duration and institution, and they range from 5000$ at public institutions up to 33000$ at private educational institutions, per year.