Technical, Trade and Vocational Schools

A sample guide to Austin area training schools

Austin trade, technical and career schools offer an alternative to four-year universities and can often offer opportunities to land some of those high paying jobs.

Whether you’re looking for a better paying job, or are interested in options beyond four-year colleges, there’s no question that more education is a good thing – and that translates into a better economic, financial and professional future.

According to the Prospering Together report from the Business Roundtable (2008), 85 percent of all new jobs require some level of postsecondary education. The report also found that 80 percent of the fastest-growing occupations require higher-level preparation – especially IT and other technical fields.

Austin is committed to supporting a strong, educated workforce, and has the education system to do just that with more than 100 trade and technical schools, not to mention a host of acclaimed two-and four-year schools (see Higher Education in this section for more details), to help students and professionals navigate the challenges of college and career. The following is a listing of Austin’s major trade, technical and career schools, including contact information and programs offered.

The Art Institute of Austin

101 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Ste. 100
Austin, TX  78728

The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of the Art Institute of Houston, is a design, media arts, fashion, and culinary post-secondary school that offers a range of bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs in Advertising Design, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Production, Interactive Media Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Restaurant & Catering Management, and Video Production, among other creative fields. The Art Institute also offers certificates in Animation, Art of Cooking, Video Technology, and Web Design.

Austin Cosmetology Institute

2521 Rutland Drive. Ste. 500
Austin, TX 78758
512-217-5404 or 512-903-3533

The Austin Cosmetology Institute offers quality, hands-on career training in the cosmetology and beauty industry, with a comprehensive program that includes hair cutting, styling and coloring; basic shampoo technique; scalp treatments; all aspects of skin and nail care; and assisting cosmetologists.

Baldwin Beauty School

8440 Burnet Road,
Austin, TX 78757
3005 South Lamar, 78704

Owned and managed by husband and wife team, Randy and Wendi Baldwin, and founded by Randy’s father, Ross Baldwin, the Baldwin Beauty School has maintained a reputation as the premiere beauty education and training program in Austin for more than 27 years. With a commitment to distinction and quality, the school gives aspiring stylists and beauty professionals the opportunity to get quality hands-on experience in student salons and offers comprehensive programs taught by top instructors with a dedication to artistic excellence and technical skill, total client satisfaction, and a passion for the industry.

Center for Advanced Legal Studies


Based in Houston, the accredited Center for Advanced Legal Studies specializes in paralegal education, with paralegal programs that are ABA Approved. Founded in 1987, the Center is known as a leader in paralegal education.  

DeVry University – Austin

Stratum Executive Center
1104 Research Blvd., Ste. B-100
Austin, TX 78759

DeVry University offers online and offline associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, as well as in Accounting or Finance, and in such top technology fields as Game & Simulation Programming.

Everest College – Austin

9100 E. Highway 290, #100
Austin, TX 78724

Everest College is known for its online Healthcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, and trade skills programs, and also offers in-classroom education. The Austin location offers hands-on training in small work teams, attentiveness to student needs, real-world experienced instructors, and a dedicated Career Placement Services team to help students achieve goals.

ITT Technical Institute – Austin

6330 Highway 290 East, Ste. 150
Austin, TX 78723
512-467-6800 or 800-431-0677

ITT Technical Institute is a leading private college system offering technology-oriented programs and career-focused degree programs at its Austin location.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

3110 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78758
888-559-7222 (class information)
512-837-2665 (all other inquiries)

Formerly the Texas Culinary Academy, the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts uses demonstration followed by practical application, chef instructors “help culinary school students pursue their passions and prepare for professional opportunities in the culinary and hospitality industry.” Austin programs include Culinary Arts and Patisserie and Baking.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

300 E Highland Mall Blvd., Suite 100
Austin, TX 78752

New Horizons is the world’s largest IT training company, offering a full range of IT training and business skills training through flexible and innovative learning methods.

Southern Careers Institute

2301 S. Congress, Ste. 27
Austin, TX 78704

The Southern Careers Institute (SCI) was founded in 1960 and offers a variety of programs including medical, business, pharmacy, and cosmetology. Since opening its doors, SCI has expanded its facilities to include seven campuses across Texas, including Austin. The Austin location offers medical (medical assistant, pharmacy technician, and medical billing/coding specialist) and business (administrative assistant and business accounting specialist) programs.

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