High schools around the country are revolutionizing the American education system. Titans of the business world, including CVS and Tesla, are beginning to implement skills-based programs into high school curriculum.
These vocational programs specifically aim to help those who might lack the academic skill or the financial footing needed to pursue bachelor’s degrees, and develop the tools necessary for a secure future with steady employment. However, the resurgence of career education programs has caused much controversy. Some worry that students who are less financially and academically inclined will be coerced into such programs, limiting their potential career options.
Educators, however, are seeking to avoid the mistakes of earlier programs. Students in the new programs are required to take academic classes as well, to complete pre-college requirements. These programs have already taken root, with the number of high-school students participating in career education rising 22% over the last decade. They are continuing to widen the pool of workers in tight labor markets, and in turn, provide secure futures for the next generation.
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