(CBS DETROIT) — National College Decision Day is right around the corner, being this Saturday, and it’s the time of the year where students all over the country decide on whether going to college or trade school is the right choice for them and their futures.

Because this is an important time for these decisions, School Authority researched what kinds of feelings people have towards trade schools.

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School Authority is a college and education resource website that researches various education-based topics each month.

This study is based on geotagged Twitter data over the last month, where they tracked positive tweets, hashtags, and direct keyword phrases about trade schools.

For example, tweets that included: #tradeschool, #tradeschools, #learnatrade, “think about a trade school,” and “consider a trade school” were tracked along with other similar phrases regarding trade schools. Over 60,000 tweets were tracked.

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The map below shows how people in each state feel about trade schools based on the tracked tweets.

Credit: School Authority


According to the data, Michigan was the top state in favor of trade schools. The top 10 states include:

  1. Michigan
  2.  Indiana
  3.  Missouri
  4.  Wisconsin
  5.  Minnesota
  6.  Georgia
  7.  Idaho
  8.  Massachusetts
  9.  Illinois
  10.  Iowa

For more information visit, Schoolauthority.org.

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