New evidence for vocational education

The need for electricians and other skilled workers will intensify as the nation goes green (“The Great Electrician Shortage,” The New Yorker, May 4). Yet we persist in telling young people that the only route to a good life is through a four-year degree.

Connecticut is the only state that recognizes the need.  Its Technical Education and Career System consists of 17 diploma-granting high schools that are overseen by a single, independent state agency whose director is appointed by the governor. 

It’s time for vocational education to be given the respect it deserves. 

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