Career prep programs finally get their due

Americans are finally getting real about the education young people receive. Preparation for careers are now considered more important than college (“How Career Prep Programs Went From ‘Dumping Ground’ to Top Priority,” Education Week, Arr. 10). I say it’s long overdue.

The truth is that not everyone is college material.  That’s always been the case, but only now is it becoming increasingly evident.  Even if college graduation increases, it’s no guarantee that grads are ready to earn a living.

Career and Technical Education received its first funding in 1963 with the Vocational Education Act.  Further funding took place in 2018 when the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act was signed.  Let’s hope more funding is directed to this field.

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