People looking to begin a career, change careers, or who are looking for great career options often turn to two-year colleges and trade school programs. These educational and training avenues are more than a smart way to kickstart a rewarding and lucrative career but they are generally more affordable routes to success too.
For anyone looking for the top community colleges and trade schools in Oregon, they are in luck because there are many excellent programs and schools to choose from. To help narrow that search (and it wasn’t easy), factors such as tuition rate, because cost matters, and graduation rate (because what is the point of starting if you don’t finish) were evaluated to help compose our list of the top community colleges and trade school programs in Oregon. The list also attempts to cover a wide range of trades and careers to help people find the right program and the right career. Good luck in your search and in all of your vocational pursuits.
Top 15 Trade Schools in Oregon
1. Sage School of Massage & Esthetics (93 points)
The educational institution known at the Sage School of Massage and Esthetics leads off our list of the top community colleges and trade schools in Oregon. This Bend, OR program will typically require some type of financial assistance but it also offers a list-leading graduation rate which is great news for new students.
Tuition: $12,999 per year
Graduation rate: 96%
2. Clatsop Community College (89 points)
Making a strong appearance on our list of the top community colleges and trade schools in Oregon is Clatsop Community College in Astoria. While this solid program doesn’t boast of the best graduation rates (student transfers play a big role in that), it does tout being the most affordable program on our list.
Tuition:$4,230 per year
Graduation rate: 10%
2. Mt Hood Community College (89 points)
One of the more popular and well-known schools on our list, Mt Hood Community College in Gresham, also gets recognized on our list of the top community colleges and trade schools in Oregon. Mt Hood CC earns a solid showing on the strength of very competitive tuition rates making this two-year school a good choice for students seeking a variety of different career paths.
Tuition: $5,159 per year
Graduation rate: 23%
4. Central Oregon Community College – Redmond Campus (88 points)
One of Oregon’s Community College systems schools, the Central Oregon Community College makes a strong showing on our list of the top two-year and trade school programs in Oregon. This school, located in Bend, affords students highly competitive tuition rates too.
Tuition: $5,841 per year
Graduation rate: 24%
4. Southwestern Oregon Community College (88 points)
Another of Oregon’s Community College System schools, the Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, is also deserving of a place on our list and a second look for people seeking two-year or good trade school programs. Only a sub 40% graduation rate prevent this solid program from ranking higher.
Tuition: $6,161 per year
Graduation rate: 37%
4. Clackamas Community College (88 points)
People will find a variety of career and trade courses at the Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Low graduation rates are counterbalanced by strong tuition costs that also help this good program to earn a place on our list of the top community colleges and trade schools in Oregon.
In-State Tuition: $5,079 per year
Graduation rate: 14%
7. Rogue Community College – Redwood Campus (87 points)
There is an excellent trade school program at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass that can be discovered at its Redwood Campus. Very affordable tuition rates also help this school to earn a solid showing.
Tuition: $4,716 per year
Graduation rate: 9%
7. Chemeketa Community College (87 points)
Another program in Oregon offering people wonderful career options is the Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Its very affordable tuition rates make it one of the top trade schools in Oregon.
In-State Tuition: $5,175 per year
Graduation rate: 16%
7. College of Cosmetology (87 points)
For anyone with dreams of a career in cosmetology, the College of Cosmetology in Klamath Falls is a good place to start. Program costs will require some type of financial assistance, while a solid plus 60% graduation rate is a good sign for new enrollees.
Tuition:$14,600 per year
Graduation rate: 62%
7. Carrington College (87 points)
Another school that may have more name recognition, the Carrington College, offers many courses and trade programs like dental assisting for people seeking to invest in their future. This Portland, OR program isn’t the most affordable on the list but solid graduation numbers help this great program to earn a place on our list.
Tuition: $15,477 per year
Graduation rate: 65%
11. Phagan’s Beauty College (86 points)
Future hairdressers, barbers, and beauticians shouldn’t overlook the programs offered at Phagan’s Beauty College in Corvallis. While the tuition rates for this recognized school will commonly require financial assistance, impressive graduation numbers bode well for new students and future beauticians.
Tuition: $16,200 per year
Graduation rate: 71%
12. Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology and Barbering (85 points)
Thinking about becoming a barber, or maybe you have aspirations of a career in Cosmetology? At the Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology and Barbering in Portland, students can realize those hopes if they can navigate the tuition expenses. This program’s impressive graduation rate also helps it to find a place on our list of the top community colleges and trade school programs in Oregon.
Tuition:$16,373 per year
Graduation rate: 71%
12. Concorde Career College – Portland (85 points)
Along with a wide range of programs such as dental assisting, students at the Concorde Career College in Portland, Oregon can get the tools, training, and education they need to begin successful careers. Sizeable tuition rates will typically dictate the need for financial aid but near 80% graduation rates bode well for incoming students.
Tuition: $16,516 per year
Graduation rate: 78%
12. Sumner College (85 points)
Sumner College is committed to providing excellent care to patients in the community through the development of exceptional health care professionals. Graduates of Sumner College are prepared to engage in best practices through critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and strong community partnerships. We invite you to explore our college, our campus, and our programs. We prepare our healthcare professions with degrees in Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting and RN to BSN.
2021-2022 Tuition Cost for Full Programs
- Associated Degree in Nursing (RN) = $51,260
- Licensed Practical Nurse = $29,970
- Medical Assisting = $13,460
- RN to BSN = $14,710
- Scholarships are available for those that qualify.
Graduation rate: 85%
15. East-West College of the Healing Arts (77 points)
Closing out our list of the top community colleges and trade schools in Oregon is the East-West College of the Healing Arts in Portland. This school of healing technique, practices, and therapy will generally require financial assistance to manage tuition fees, but this program can also open the doors to a personally and financially rewarding career.
Tuition: $15,900 per year
Graduation rate: unavailable ·
How the Programs Were Ranked
Each program was ranked based on two primary factors (Tuition rates and Graduation rates), with each factor accounting for one-half of the total score. The points of both factors were then added, and each program was ranked according to its total point value. In the event of missing or unavailable information or data, those scores were awarded the lowest point values.
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