Forbes recognizes State Tech as one the nation's top trade schools

Forbes ranked State Technical College of Missouri in Linn as the country's No. 3 two-year trade school in its top-25 rankings. (File)

State Technical has received national recognition after Forbes Magazine released its top trade school rankings.

Forbes ranked the technical college in Linn as the country's No. 3 two-year trade school in the magazine's top-25 rankings.

“We have received numerous national accolades, but this one is pretty cool. I suspect many people don’t recognize we have one of the very best technical colleges in the country in Linn," State Tech President Dr. Shawn Strong said in a release. "It means a lot when a company, as well respected as Forbes, recognizes our dedication to career and workforce education. We help graduates get high paying jobs and we are pretty darn good at it. As we say at State Tech, from the Classroom to your Career ‘We are the Employers’ Choice’.”

The measures Forbes used to rank the schools were broken down into categories including Post-Graduation Success (37.5 percent), Affordability (25 percent), Completion or Graduation Success (20 percent) and Student Experience (17.5 percent), according to the release.

“The methodology Forbes used in their ranking aligns well to our strengths; our high retention and graduation rates, affordability, and the salaries of our graduates. These are all areas where State Tech excels. Nationally, State Tech is on the radar as one of the best two-year technical colleges in the country. We are an incredible workforce development asset for the State of Missouri, Strong said. "A student who chooses State Tech will more than likely graduate and get a good paying job, while meeting the most critical needs of employers. I am confident when it comes to workforce development that no one does it better than State Tech.”

The only schools ranked above State Tech were Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and North Central Kansas Technical College, respectively.

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