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story.lead_photo.caption Entrance to the campus of State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.

State Technical College of Missouri is among the nation's 10 best automotive training schools, according to TradeSchoolFuture.com.

The website says it "provides aspiring auto mechanics with the resources and information they need to become our next generation of mechanics" and provides students "with the resources to get to your dream career as quickly as possible."

The Top 10 list is part of that effort to keep students informed about their education possibilities.

"We have received numerous national rankings this year, and being named as one of the nation's Top 10 automotive schools is something we are very proud of," State Tech President Shawn Strong said. "I suspect many people don't realize we have one of the very best technical colleges in the country right here in Linn, Missouri."

Chris Cox, chairman of State Tech's Automotive department as well as an instructor, added: "Our department works hard to provide the best education to our students which leads to countless employment opportunities in the field."

Other schools listed in the TradeSchoolFuture.com's Top 10 were: Frontier Community College, Fairfield, Illinois; NCK Tech, in Beloit and Hays, Kansas; Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, South Dakota; Rosedale Tech, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mitchell Tech, Mitchell, South Dakota; Bates Technical College, Tacoma, Washington; Salina Tech, Salina, Kansas; Thaddeus Stevens, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, Iowa.

TradeSchoolFuture.com also said it works to inform students "about the (automotive) industry and careers that you can pursue," help students "find the right trade school to get you there," and connect students "with grants and scholarships to pay for your education."

Cox noted State Tech's 98 percent job placement rate for graduates shows how successful the school's training is.

"We help students graduate and get high paying jobs — and we do it better than anyone," Strong said.

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