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6. Linn State Technical College
Practical experience is the focus of Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo. The reason this school boasts a 95 percent job-placement rate is because it goes to significant lengths to develop close ties with area businesses and industry leaders. Linn State boasts one of 12 Caterpillar dealer service technician programs in the country, and its commercial turf and grounds program was recognized as one of the top six in the U.S. by the National FFA Organization, also known as Future Farmers of America.
Even if students are applying for jobs outside of Linn State's area, the school still looks good to employers. In addition to receiving an academic grade, students also receive a grade on job readiness and classroom attendance for each and every course they take. Upon graduation, the school also provides a list of competencies grads can show an employer to prove their skills.
"If a company should find that a graduate cannot do what we say that that graduate can do ... the student can come back free of charge to retake a class or a portion of a class," says President Donald Claycomb. "We have not had anyone take advantage of that opportunity, but it does exist."