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American Trade School Philosophy

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At American Trade School the employer is our customer and the student is our product. Our obligation to industry is to produce a quality product. We are employer-centered and fully committed to giving full attention and effort to the development of our students’ skills. We continually seek educational partnerships with industry and we believe that communication between schools and employers is essential for success.

Admissions, training, and placement assistance procedures are designed to develop a student’s interests, attitude, and abilities, so that he/she becomes a skilled and successful employee.

Our training goal is to provide the basic skills, techniques and procedures required by industry. Higher-level technical skills are also offered to qualified students.

Our programs are dedicated to achieving maximum development of each student’s skills and personal potential so that he/she is qualified to begin employment in a trade or vocation. The skills and work attitudes taught at American Trade School are of practical use to the student in his/her chosen career and ensure successful adjustment to the work environment. Our requirements for graduation are demanding.


The mission of American Trade School is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment in their prospective field of training.  

American Trade School History

American Trade School was founded to give industry a stronger voice in curriculum and to make education more affordable.  

   • In November 2003, work began on customizing the facility at 9510 Page Avenue in Overland, Missouri to meet curricula requirements.

   • American Trade School received its original approval to operate from the Missouri Department of Higher Education on January 9, 2004 and opened its doors for the first class on January 10, 2005.

   • On January 28, 2005, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved American Trade School as an eligible Workforce Investment Act Training provider as listed on the “Missouri Education and Career Hotlink” website.

   • On February 3, 2005, American Trade School was approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Employment Training/Vocational Rehabilitation for Vocational Rehabilitation funded training under the provisions of Title 5, Missouri Code of State Regulations 60-900.050.

   • On March 25, 2005, American Trade School hosted a St. Louis County code class for licensed mechanical contractors through the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, St. Louis Chapter, which was attended by some 80 tradesmen.

   • On May 17, 2005, American Trade School was approved through the State of Illinois for funds for adults and dislocated workers under the Workforce Investment Act.

   • On June 23, 2008, American Trade School moved to a larger facility at 3925 Industrial Dr. St. Ann, Missouri 63074.

   • On March 24, 2010 American Trade School received its accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

   • In October 2010 American Trade School received approval to participate it the Federal Student Aid Programs.

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3925 Industrial Drive
Saint Ann MO 63074

Phone: (314) 423-1900

Fax: (314) 423-1911