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Since its founding in 1945, New Castle School of Trades (NCST) has become one of the premier trade schools in the Pennsylvania and Ohio area. Over the last 75 years, NCST has evolved from educating students into competent tradesmen to training students to become more sophisticated and innovative craftsmen who will be tomorrow’s highly skilled technicians.

New Castle School of Trade’s rich history began in 1945 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. In just under a decade, in 1954, NCST outgrew its original location in New Castle and moved to a larger location in Pulaski, Pennsylvania in order to meet the growing demand for its high-quality training.

Over the next twenty years, NCST would expand to become one of the most highly sought-after trades schools in the area. Over the years, the Pennsylvania trade school made solid strides to expand its program offerings. In 1973, NCST was awarded an accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (ACCSC). Then in 1982, it was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer its students the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree for Electrical Technology.

A MESSAGE FROM NCST’S PRESIDENTrex spaulding clapping as he stands at a podium at new castle school of trades graduation

“There are very few decisions in your lifetime that are more important than the decision to enhance your skills.

Since 1945, New Castle School of Trades has served the needs of our community and the needs of our graduates by matching skills. Emphasis is placed on Attitude, Attendance, Appearance, Academics, and Accountability. These “Five A’s” are the guiding principles that lead to the success of our graduates.

Our training programs are designed to enhance your talent and provide the most direct route to your new career. The programs are practical and intense. They result in the attainment of viable measurable skills- skills you can use from the very first day of your career! We invite you to let us show you our commitment to helping you realize your dream.” 

Rex Spaulding, President of New Castle School of Trades 


In November 1988, to further expand, the school was acquired by EFC Trade, Inc. Over the next twenty years, New Castle School of Trades grew even further to meet the increased demand for its experienced instructors and quality training programs. In July of 2011, NCST moved to a new 93,000 square foot facility located in New Castle, PA, and moved eight of their ten programs: Automotive Technology, Electrical Technology, Building Technology, Refrigeration & A/C Technology, Machinist Technology, Combination Welding, Commercial & Industrial Maintenance, and Construction Trades.

The original school located in Pulaski, PA, now considered the New Castle School of Trade’s Satellite Location, remains Commercial Truck Driving, Heavy Equipment Operations with Commercial Truck Driving, Motorcycle & Power Equipment Technology, and Diesel & Heavy Equipment Repair Technology programs.

In 2016 New Castle School of Trades opened a branch campus in East Liverpool, Ohio. The East Liverpool Campus is two historically renovated buildings which formerly housed the Ogilvie’s Department store and a Woolworth’s store at 127 and 129 E. Fifth St. The new building is approximately 50,000 square feet where the first and second floors are divided into labs, classrooms, a learning resource center, and offices. There are six classrooms with seating capacities of 24 – 40 students each. All training areas are equipped with applicable tools and equipment. The East Liverpool Campus offers Combination Welding, Industrial Maintenance, and Refrigeration & Climate Control.


Over the last 75 years, NCST has produced some of the most highly skilled tradesmen and technicians in the Pennsylvania-Ohio area. Continuing to practice “hands-on” training in many lucrative trades. New Castle School of Trades has graduated thousands of qualified trainees for successful employment in various industries. NCST is 100-percent dedicated to its students’ success. If you’re thinking of attending a trade school in the Pennsylvania-Ohio area, or the general Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area, NCST is a great choice.

Learn more about the New Castle Trade School training programs in Pennsylvania and Ohio by calling us at 1-833-352-0808.