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Career Technical Education is Within Your Reach!

Toledo has many jobs in career tech fields. Community colleges or apprenticeships are a great place to start or continue your career tech education. Community college offers a wide variety of career tech certificates and associate degrees. Meanwhile, apprenticeships gives a mix of real world and classroom training.


Earn While You Learn!

Beginning a career in skilled trades typically starts with an apprenticeship. Apprentices gain hands-on experience on job sites while also attending classroom instruction, allowing them to earn wages, benefits, and often credit hours towards an Associate's Degree. Upon completing their apprenticeships, individuals achieve the status of journeypersons. For more information about career and apprenticeship opportunities, the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center and are valuable resources. The average starting wage package is approximately $35 per hour, which includes excellent benefits.

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Everyone can afford community college

Financial aid can often be used for career tech programs. Community colleges are great places to earn career tech certificates and associate degrees.

So fill out the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) to see how much aid you can get toward community college! If you are Pell-eligible, community college is inexpensive and maybe even FREE!

The FAFSA Can Be Used for Many Community College Programs

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Applied Engineering
  • CAD Technology
  • Nursing
  • Medical Billing and Support Certifications
  • IT Professional Accreditation
  • Dental Assistant Academies
  • Broadcasting Professional Training Academies
  • Diagnostic Imaging Certifications
  • Barber Colleges
  • Culinary School
  • Trucking Academies
  • Alternative Medicine/Massage Certifications
  • Music Professional/Production Certifications
  • Theology/Seminary Schools

Learn more about the FAFSA here.

Learn more about apprenticeships here.

What are Express Dual Admissions Programs

The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Lourdes University offer express programs in partnership with community colleges. The student takes two years of classes at Owens Community College, Mercy College of Ohio, Northwest State Community College, or Terra State Community College before moving on to the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University or Lourdes University for their bachelor’s degrees, which means a much lower cost for a four-year degree.

Owens Community College

Owens Community College offers more than 70 academic programs and certificates for preparing for a career, retraining, professional development or credits to transfer to a four-year college.

  • Advanced manufacturing, nursing, business technology, criminal justice and emergency services are just a few of the many offerings
  • Average class size of 14 students
  • Robust campus life through student activities, clubs, organizations, express athletics and volunteer activities
  • Scholarships through the Board of Trustees, through the college’s Foundation, and from outside contributors


  • Engineering/Manufacturing
    • CAD
    • Welding - 6 types
    • Automotive Service
    • Industrial Mechanic
    • Pipefitting/Plumbing
  • Nursing/Health Professionals
    • Medical Assist.
    • Dental Assist.
  • Computer Programming/IT
    • Network Admin.

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Mercy College of Ohio

  • Located in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Offers 30+ programs from certificates to graduate studies in the healthcare field.
  • Scholarships through individuals, alumni, and academic and busienss organizations.

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Sample of Certificates/Programs

  • Certificates
    • Community Health Worker
    • Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
    • Medical Coding Certificate
    • Paramedic
  • Programs
    • Health Sciences
    • Nursing
    • ABSN
    • Biology
    • Master of Health Administration
    • Master of Science in Nursing

Northwest State Community College

  • Located in Archbold, Ohio. 
  • Nearly 70 academic degree and certificate programs
  • Full and half-tuition scholarships to qualified learners (Presidential & Honors Scholarships).
  • The Northwest State Foundation awarded in excess of $800,000 in scholarships earlier this year to students, and expect to surpass that amount next spring.

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  • STEM/Industrial Technologies
    • Welding
    • CAD
    • Electrical Maintenance
    • Computer Technician
  • Nursing
    • Practical Nursing (PN)
  • Accounting
  • Logistics

Terra State Community College

Located in Fremont, Ohio, Terra State Community College offers

  • More than 60 degrees and certificate programs
  • Housing and athletics
  • Financial aid to 85 percent of their students


  • Construction Technology
    • Utility Construction
    • Installer
  • Medical Assisting
    • Medical Assisting
    • Phlebotomy
    • Medical Scribe
  • Music
    • Recording Fundamentals
    • Performance Fundamentals

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Penta Career Center

  • Located in Perrysburg, Ohio.
  • Penta offers programs tailored to high school graduates and adults seeking certificates for a broad range of trades
  • Learn more here.


  • Auto Maintenance
  • Construction Technologies
  • Dental Assisting
  • Intro to HVAC
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • CNC Machining
  • Welding
  • Forklift Certification