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North American Trade Schools

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While some schools might prepare students for the world with a general overview of the arts and the humanities, that approach isn’t very beneficial for students who are interested in immediately joining the workforce or learning a concrete skill. Founded in 1970 under the name the Diesel Institute of America, North American Trade Schools has always been firmly focused on providing tangible skills to students for immediate use upon graduation. While the original purpose was simply to prepare diesel mechanics for their jobs, the focus of the school has expanded to include career preparations for a number of different fields.

Founded in Landover, Maryland, North American Trade Schools current sees most of its classes over at the Baltimore campus. Since the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, students can rest assured that the skills they are learning are on the forefront of the field in question, and that their degree will be a valuable asset when the search for employment begins. And when it comes to the search for employment, North American Trade Schools are more than willing to help students search for just the right fit. Part of attending is the peace of mind that comes with knowing, before graduation, the school’s advising department will assist you in your job search. With so many leads into the local community, most students who attend North American Trade Schools find themselves gainfully employed in no time at all.

The six main programs at North American Trade Schools all provide expert training in their particular field. The original focus of the school, Diesel Technician Training, provides realistic labs and an extensive auto mechanic school. Students can earn a diploma for all the school’s programs to help them get an edge on other applicants. The Building Construction Technician program offers comprehensive training in a number of different specialized areas, including roofing, exterior finishes, carpentry, interior framing, and millwork.

Not all the programs at North American Trade Schools are based on mechanical skills. For those who enjoy the freedom of the road, CDL training provides the skills needed to start out as a truck driver, trucking and logistics manager, or local driver. Other programs at North American Trade Schools includes the Combination Welding Technology Program, the Electrical Technology program, and HRVAC.

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Certain programs at North American Trade Schools require a diploma or GED, including the Diesel Technician Training program, the Building Construction Technician program, and the Combination Welding Technology program. No high school diploma or GED is required to enroll in CDL training or HRVAC. Classes are organized by semester, with students earning their diplomas more rapidly by signing up for accelerated learning when it is available.

Financial Aid

Roughly half of the students attending North American Trade Schools receive some form of need-based financial aid. For those who are unsure of what they qualify for, your best bet is to schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, where counselors can provide assistance with completing the FAFSA, looking for community-based scholarships, and getting the entire process underway in enough time for students to know how much financial assistance they will be receiving well before the semester begins. A number of need and merit-based scholarships are also offered by the school and local businesses to offset the costs of attending.

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The student body of North American Trade schools comes from a variety of different backgrounds. A number of young people straight out of high school who want the skills needed to join the workforce immediately opt for North American Trade Schools programs and diplomas over attending two-year junior college because of the immediacy with which they can seek employment. A big part of the school are the Career Services, which provide a great deal of assistance in looking for work. Students are of all different ages and backgrounds, with many people back in school to pursue a different career.

Student Enrollment Demographics


As most students attending North American Trade Schools are interested in rapidly learning the skill sets necessary for a career, the focus is more on attending classes and learning technical skills than extracurricular activities. However, many students still find time between work and classes to play the occasional pickup game of basketball at one of the nearby courts close to campus.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,891 0.78
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 196 0.03
Forcible Rape 341 0.05
Robbery 3,457 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8,615 1.37
Larceny 17,010 2.71
Vehicle theft 4,199 0.67

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Baltimore, MD 21244
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population31,634 (30,825 urban / 809 rural)
Households12,418 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,359
Families8,179 (3.04 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 1, but less than 2 academic yrs
Calendar SystemDiffers by program
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2407

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

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Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 233 4 9 156 2 404
Construction Trades, General 8 4 12
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 30 2 3 42 77
Electrician 28 13 41
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 60 4 15 79
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 26 8 34
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 67 2 2 51 2 124
Welding Technology/Welder 14 23 37

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 46
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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