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Why seek a technical education?

A degree in technical education offers a number of benefits for parents and students alike because the path to it is usually faster and more affordable. Parents appreciate the reduced tuition costs and high job placement rates of accredited institutions. With specialized training, students are able to quickly transition into the workforce.

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What are the benefits of accreditation?

Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or program that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality and student achievement. Accreditation by COE is viewed as a nationally-honored seal of excellence for occupational education institutions and denotes honesty and integrity.

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Continuous Improvement, Continued Excellence

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region

“The accreditation process made us better – it makes us examine how we look at ourselves and how we conduct business. Even employers’ associations and signatory contractors have a lot of feedback in the process. They tell us what is newly relevant in the construction industry. There is a constant upgrading of our skills, and we have to stay on top.” – Dennis McDonough, FTI

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Provide Your Feedback on Our Accreditation Standards

The Council on Occupational Education is dedicated to the continued improvement of our standards and open to receiving feedback from the general public. We have designed a survey that allows you to rate the adequacy and relevancy of the objectives of the standards for accreditation of career and technical education institutions. The results of this survey are reviewed annually by the Council's Committees on Accreditation Standards and Conditions.

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