2018 Vocational Program Rankings: HVAC

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

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NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as % of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
Perry Technical Institute ( WA ) $47,6856.77$3,230$25,236Pass
St. Cloud Technical And Community College ( MN ) *$44,0951.66$734$5,735Pass
Hennepin Technical College ( MN ) *$42,0501.64$690$5,391Pass
Western Technical College ( WI ) *$41,1751.84$759$5,930Pass
Chippewa Valley Technical College ( WI ) *$39,8681.77$707$5,524Pass
Greenville Technical College ( SC ) *$39,7552.32$923$7,211Pass
Midlands Technical College ( SC ) *$39,6610$0$0Pass
South Central College ( MN ) *$38,9941.3$528$4,125Pass
Iti Technical College ( LA ) °$38,6973.56$1,481$11,571Pass
Western Iowa Tech Community College ( IA ) *$38,4681.97$759$5,930Pass
Wake Technical Community College ( NC ) *$37,9510.04$18$141Pass
Industrial Management & Training Institute ( CT ) °$36,8942.91$1,096$8,563Pass
Yti Career Institute ( PA ) °$36,6783.75$1,377$10,759Pass
Salina Area Technical College ( KS ) *$35,3251.96$693$5,414Pass
Renton Technical College ( WA ) *$34,9540$0$0Pass
Rochester Community And Technical College ( MN ) *$34,8612.21$804$6,282Pass
Southcentral Kentucky Community And Technical College ( KY ) *$34,6300.82$284$2,219Pass
Institute For Business & Technology ( CA ) °$34,5614.25$1,476$11,532Pass
Warren County Career Center ( OH ) *$33,8922.37$874$6,829Pass
Pittsburgh Technical Institute ( PA ) °$33,7403.98$1,357$10,602Pass
Central Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$33,4590$0$0Pass
Daytona State College ( FL ) *$32,7800.82$269$2,102Pass
Cedar Valley College ( TX ) *$32,6250$0$0Pass
Pickaway Ross County Joint Vocational School District ( OH ) *$32,4561.18$400$3,125Pass
Georgia Piedmont Technical College ( GA ) *$32,1480$0$0Pass
Northwest Hvac/R Association & Training ( WA ) $32,0882.92$937$7,321Pass
Northcentral Technical College ( WI ) *$31,9241.51$483$3,774Pass
Great Oaks Career Campuses-Scarlet Oaks ( OH ) *$31,8523.75$1,195$9,337Pass
Horry - Georgetown Technical College ( SC ) *$31,6842.03$645$5,039Pass
Washburn University - Topeka ( KS ) *$31,6452.06$652$5,094Pass
Eti School Of Skilled Trades ( IL ) °$31,5974.09$1,293$10,102Pass
Onondaga Cortland Madison Boces ( NY ) *$31,4642.67$842$6,579Pass
North Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$30,9660$0$0Pass
George C. Wallace State Community College ( AL ) *$30,7893.25$1,001$7,821Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Pulaski ( TN ) *$30,7600$0$0Pass
Vatterott College ( NE ) °$30,6449$2,761$21,572Zone
Metropolitan Community College ( MO ) *$30,6270$0$0Pass
Harrisburg Area Community College ( PA ) *$30,6152.47$759$5,930Pass
Southwestern Illinois College ( IL ) *$30,2990$0$0Pass
Athens Technical College ( GA ) *$30,2490$0$0Pass
Eastwick College - Nutley Campus ( NJ ) °$30,1505.28$1,594$12,454Pass
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College ( NC ) *$29,9750$0$0Pass
San Jacinto Community College District ( TX ) *$29,9330$1$8Pass
Miller - Motte Technical College ( TN ) °$29,5275.96$1,760$13,751Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Dickson ( TN ) *$29,4360$0$0Pass
Butler Technology And Career Development Schools ( OH ) *$29,3653.21$944$7,375Pass
Hibbing Community College ( MN ) *$29,2943.71$1,338$10,454Pass
Chattahoochee Technical College ( GA ) *$29,2690$0$0Pass
Suny College Of Technology At Canton ( NY ) *$28,9412.59$761$5,946Pass
Pinnacle Career Institute ( MO ) °$28,8055.67$1,636$12,782Pass
Career College Of Northern Nevada ( NV ) °$28,8003.43$1,012$7,907Pass
Erwin Technical College ( FL ) *$28,3990$0$0Pass
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center ( PA ) *$28,2990$0$0Pass
Branford Hall Career Institute ( CT ) °$28,2824.86$1,432$11,188Pass
Central New Mexico Community College ( NM ) *$28,2280.96$289$2,258Pass
Brownson Technical School ( CA ) °$28,2182.83$855$6,680Pass
Franklin Technology Center ( MO ) *$28,0833.38$952$7,438Pass
Washington County Career Center Adult Education ( OH ) *$27,8190$0$0Pass
Coyne College ( IL ) °$27,8044.4$1,264$9,876Pass
Pennco Tech ( PA ) °$27,7606.03$1,731$13,524Pass
Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus ( FL ) *$27,7430$0$0Pass
Gwinnett Technical College ( GA ) *$27,7160$0$0Pass
Coastal Pines Technical College ( GA ) *$27,6940$0$0Pass
Porter And Chester Institute Of Branford ( CT ) °$27,61110.05$2,775$21,681Zone
Georgia Northwestern Technical College ( GA ) *$27,2630$0$0Pass
Eastland-Fairfield Career And Technical Schools ( OH ) *$27,1004.7$1,311$10,243Pass
Mayfield College ( CA ) °$26,9004.8$1,318$10,298Pass
Emily Griffith Technical College ( CO ) *$26,6550$0$0Pass
Gateway Community College ( AZ ) *$26,6391.1$322$2,516Pass
West Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$26,5740$0$0Pass
Chattanooga State Community College ( TN ) *$26,5200.9$241$1,883Pass
Fortis College ( VA ) °$26,4796.6$1,750$13,673Pass
Vatterott College ( IL ) °$26,39110.12$2,761$21,572Zone
Ashland County - West Holmes Career Center - Adult Education ( OH ) *$26,1210$0$0Pass
Orleans Technical College ( PA ) $26,0792.76$801$6,258Pass
Eastern Florida State College ( FL ) *$26,0520$0$0Pass
Fort Scott Community College ( KS ) *$26,0391.94$540$4,219Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$26,0064.23$1,104$8,626Pass
North Central Kansas Technical College ( KS ) *$25,9202.87$759$5,930Pass
Southern Regional Technical College ( GA ) *$25,6460$0$0Pass
Sheridan Technical College ( FL ) *$25,6200$0$0Pass
Vatterott College ( IA ) °$25,5276.39$1,712$13,376Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Nashville ( TN ) *$25,4040.86$225$1,758Pass
Atlantic Technical College ( FL ) *$25,2120$0$0Pass
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$25,1823.65$1,062$8,297Pass
Eti Technical College Of Niles ( OH ) °$25,0763.4$1,010$7,891Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Shelbyville ( TN ) *$24,9350$0$0Pass
Vatterott College ( MO ) °$24,84310.86$2,761$21,572Zone
South Texas College ( TX ) *$24,8220$0$0Pass
Penta County Vocational School ( OH ) *$24,7780$0$0Pass
Ivy Tech Community College Of Indiana ( IN ) *$24,6640.79$197$1,539Pass
Delaware County Community College ( PA ) *$24,5931.77$483$3,774Pass
Mid Michigan Community College ( MI ) *$24,5371.59$461$3,602Pass
Pennco Tech ( NJ ) °$24,5356.76$1,726$13,485Pass
Fortis College ( OH ) °$24,2255.33$1,311$10,243Pass
Interactive College Of Technology ( GA ) °$24,0002.7$656$5,125Pass
Moultrie Technical College ( GA ) *$23,8400$0$0Pass
Albany Technical College ( GA ) *$23,0522.08$480$3,750Pass
Augusta Technical College ( GA ) *$22,8310$0$0Pass
Fortis College ( AL ) °$22,5344.54$1,025$8,008Pass
Bergen County Technical Schools ( NJ ) *$22,4532.15$483$3,774Pass
Patrick Henry Community College ( VA ) *$22,3140$0$0Pass
Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology ( MA ) *$22,2915.99$1,515$11,837Pass
Texas State Technical College ( TX ) *$22,2820.21$53$414Pass
Institute Of Technology ( CA ) °$22,1955.42$1,339$10,462Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Crossville ( TN ) *$22,0420$0$0Pass
Apex Technical School ( NY ) °$21,8316.09$1,526$11,923Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology Whiteville ( TN ) *$21,5800$0$0Pass
Kansas City Kansas Community College ( KS ) *$21,5500$0$0Pass
Metro Technology Centers School District #22 ( OK ) *$21,5411.73$405$3,164Pass
Advanced Technology Institute ( VA ) °$21,4288.64$1,997$15,603Pass
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$21,3290$0$0Pass
Southern Technical College ( FL ) °$20,8606.06$1,311$10,243Pass
All-State Career ( MD ) °$20,5955.36$1,215$9,493Pass
Brightwood College ( MD ) °$20,3616.79$1,514$11,829Pass
Fortis Institute ( MD ) °$20,1077.15$1,540$12,032Pass
Atlanta Technical College ( GA ) *$20,0540$0$0Pass
Mohave Community College ( AZ ) *$20,0370.56$120$938Pass
Midwest Institute ( MO ) °$19,4966.13$1,311$10,243Pass
Center For Employment Training ( CA ) $19,4672.27$536$4,188Pass
Santa Fe College ( FL ) *$19,3383.77$833$6,508Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$19,0648.42$1,730$13,516Zone
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Morristown ( TN ) *$18,8530$0$0Pass
Brightwood Career Institute ( PA ) °$18,8286.14$1,355$10,587Pass
Capstone College ( CA ) °$18,7263.96$815$6,368Pass
Kaskaskia College ( IL ) *$18,6850$0$0Pass
Ayers Career College ( LA ) °$18,6796.29$1,311$10,243Pass
Remington College ( TX ) $17,6186.55$1,283$10,024Pass
North American Trade Schools ( MD ) °$16,8455.88$1,180$9,219Pass
Indian Capital Technology Center, School District Number 4 ( OK ) *$16,7730$0$0Pass
Tidewater Tech ( VA ) °$16,50410.18$2,036$15,907Zone
Centura College ( SC ) °$16,35611.15$2,036$15,907Zone
Lincoln Technical Institute ( NJ ) °$15,62514.7$2,761$21,572Fail
Brightwood College ( OH ) °$15,5349.86$1,763$13,774Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Jackson ( TN ) *$14,5680$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Mckenzie ( TN ) *$14,3590$0$0Pass
All-State Career School ( PA ) °$13,8947.8$1,581$12,352Pass
Withlacoochee Technical College ( FL ) *$12,7620$0$0Pass
Florida State College At Jacksonville ( FL ) *$12,7241.41$241$1,883Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Memphis ( TN ) *$11,8020$0$0Pass
Fortis College ( AL ) °$11,80010.28$1,749$13,665Zone
Charles A. Jones Skills And Business Education Center ( CA ) *$11,3330$0$0Pass
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