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8. Charlotte Technical Center

Charlotte Technical Center

While some four-year institutions struggle to offer students any financial aid, the average student at Charlotte Technical Center in Port Charlotte, Fla., receives nearly $1,000 more in scholarship or grant aid per year than the cost of tuition. The school boasts one faculty member for every seven students and prides itself on offering real-world experiences to supplement in-class learning.

Charlotte Tech's carpentry program, for example, partners with Habitat for Humanity to give students the opportunity to work on construction projects. The dental assisting program works in tandem with the American Dental Association to open a pop-up dental facility that provides services for more than 200 neighborhood children every February, and the school's culinary program serves an all-you-can-eat community meal to approximately 300 area residents every Thursday throughout the school year.

"We work very hard in getting our students intern experiences or even jobs while they're going to school," says Charlotte Technical Center Director Barney Duffy. About 85 percent of Charlotte Tech students find work within a year of graduation, Duffy adds, and if you can't find a job while in school, the school still has your back. Alumni are welcome to use the school's career placement services after graduation.

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