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Discover the skills needed to build a solid future

Discover the Skills Needed to Build A Solid Future

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Find your passion and MAKE a career out of it!

Not every student knows exactly what they want to do with the rest of their life.  It's a big decision that takes time and sometimes requires help from family and friends. Vocademy's Maker Skills Academy offers a unique skills discovery program for creative, hands-on learners.

Our academy is a 6-month, intensive, hands-on skills program ideal for young adults looking for unique career opportunities, adults of any age looking to expand their job skills, and those wanting to become #FutureProof. The MSA is the best way to learn a breadth of unique skills to a fundamental level.

Over the course of six months, each team of six to eight students will take 115 individual classes and in a dozen subjects. During this time students will have also access to all of our tools and technology to complete individual and team projects. The program includes an opportunity to create a final capstone project encompassing the many new skills they have learned.

Maker Skills Academy offers significant benefits when compared to traditional trade school programs. Rather than enrolling in an expensive, single skill, multi-year mastery program, Vocademy students have the ability to learn the fundamentals of a dozen in-demand skills in a fraction of the time.

What's included?

115 Different Classes!

Spanning over 12 manufacturing disciplines, students are exposed to a wide-array of traditional and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes.

Raw Materials & Supplies

Everything you need to excel in your core classes is included. You'll need to provide your own supplies and materials for personal and team projects

Industry Certificates

Upon completing Maker Skills Academy, students can test for several recognized industry certificates, like the D9.1 from the American Welding Society.

1-to-8 Teacher Student Ratio

Our very small class sizes facilitate discussion and allow for one-on-one attention from expert instructors.

This IS Shop Class, reinvented!

MakerLab Access

MakerLab access allows students to perfect technical skills learned during class time. Available every weekday from 4pm-10pm. 

Certificates of Completion

Along with an impressive resume of new skills, students receive official certificates of completion for each course demonstrating their proficiency in each subject area.

Find your Passion and MAKE your future

Prototyping Fundamentals Course

Bring your ideas to life by learning the fundamentals of Computer Aided Design, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting & Engraving, Plastics, Vacuforming, Resin Casting, Silicon Molding, and more.

Welding & Fabrication Fundamentals Course

Our Welding & Fabrication Fundamentals Course creates competitive graduates by teaching the fundamentals of fabrication, plasma cutting, sheet metal, MIG & OXY welding, and more. Upon completion students can test for a certification from the American Welding Society.

Sewing Fundamentals Course

Learn the fundamentals of sewing and textiles skills needed for careers in alterations, wearables, costume making, fashion, and more.

Woodworking Fundamentals Course

Learn the essential skills of traditional and modern woodworking for opportunities in fine woodworking, cabinetry, furniture, instruments, set-building, and more.

Electronics Fundamentals Course

This course is a combination of essential electronics knowledge and the latest electronics skills. Hardware coding is also included for the creation of physical devices.

Machine Shop Fundamentals Course

Learn the fundamentals of traditional milling, lathe and all essential shop equipment in order to machining to precisely shape parts for use in manufacturing, aerospace, and more. Upon completion, students can test for a certification from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.

Life & Career Skills Course

This course consists of fundamental subjects that are essential to personal and professional success. Interview and Resume skills, Career Exploration, Time Management, Web Presence, Career Soft Skills, Project Management, and more.

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What Makes Vocademy Different?

We Believe that Getting an Education Shouldn't Mean Going into Debt.

Student debt negatively affects students of traditional academic institutions and those who receive vocational job training where programs can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. At Vocademy programs are designed to quickly and affordably teach students the fundamental skills needed for in-demand careers  — without the need to take on loans.

Let's Make Your Dream Come True

Join an in-demand field with endless opportunities to grow. No GPA or transcript requirements.