Thursday, January 28, 2016

EDUCATION - Workforce Training or College?

"Should more kids skip college for workforce training?" PBS NewsHour 1/26/2016

I have long advocated that collage MAY be a scam because it is so money driven.  Especially for private collages.  There has been evidence that some non-college vocations can pay as much, or more, than a college vocation.

For me, my vocational training was the U.S. Navy, which gave me training in electronics and management ('Leadership' in Navy terms), which gave me a very well paying carrier after I retired (22yrs) from the Navy.


SUMMARY:  Of all the U.S. high school students who graduate high school and go on to college, a large proportion will never earn their degree.  How can educators better train those who may struggle in trying to pick a course of study?  One solution may lie in putting greater emphasis on high school vocational training, but critics disagree.  Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The NewsHour has long been committed to covering that topic.  And starting tonight, we will be expanding our coverage on Tuesdays with a new feature series called Making the Grade.  We will provide in-depth reporting on education issues at every level, from early childhood and preschool, all the way through high school and beyond with the world of higher education.

We will explore the most fundamental concerns in schools, communities and workplaces, and we will also cover plenty of approaches you may not have heard about yet.

Tonight, we focus on vocational education.  There’s a growing recognition of its value for some students.  But how do you determine when it’s working for the long haul?

Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week has our story.

JOHN TULENKO (NewsHour):  This year, more than a million students will graduate from high school, and most will go on to college.  It ought to be something to celebrate, but, in fact, nearly 40 percent of those who go to four-year colleges and some, 70 percent of students at community college, will never earn their degree.

DAVID WHEELER, Principal, Southeastern Regional:  It’s the shame of our nation, when you look at, a student comes out of high school, not knowing what they want to do, goes to college, drops out.  Now they’re in debt, without a job, and not knowing what they want to do.  They’re worse off than they were, you know, as little as a year before.  And that’s all preventable, all of it.

JOHN TULENKO:  One solution, principal Dave Wheeler says, lies in schools like his, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, south of Boston.

Here, in addition to the regular school subjects, students learn skilled trades and professions, and, if they choose, instead of college, they can go directly into the work force.

"The only girl in school to spark an interest in welding" PBS NewsHour 1/27/2016

(welding is workforce training)


SUMMARY:  Kalei Kipp is the only girl in the welding program at her high school.  Why don't more women go into that profession?  Our Student Reporting Labs report as part of Outside the Box, a series on the ways that young people are challenging traditional gender stereotypes.

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