Candidates on both sides of the political aisle contend that education is important to them and pontificate about winning the future, investing in the next generation etc. But no one has presented a concrete plan to return the U.S. education to its former lofty ranking.
Vocational education is a key factor in reviving a strong working middle class and reestablishing a U.S. manufacturing and production economy.
The argument for Vocational Education opportunities in our secondary school systems and in post-secondary technical schools is clearly illustrated by this graphic.
Thanks to Steve Breen - August 17, 2012 Townhall Cartoons
The current lack of qualified applicants for manufacturing positions and for specialty positions in the skilled trades along with the high unemployment rate of college graduates with Liberal Arts and other non-STEM degrees is a factor in continued high unemployment and a challenge we must overcome.
Technical and vocational education, beginning at the high school level, needs to be a priority for education funding and partnerships with local and national businesses.
We have a great Vo-Ed high school in the county that provides quality training in fields such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, cosmetology, medical lab technicians, landscaping and agro-business, auto mechanics, masonry and other skilled trades. Graduates leave school with a high school diploma and a trade in which they can find work locally or across the country.
And the really good news is that the graduates, in large numbers, are finding jobs when they graduate. Many are beginning work part-time for their future employers while still in school and then entering professional licensing trades programs, with good paying jobs when they graduate.
College is not for everyone and a good vocational education prepares a young man or woman for a good paying job in a field that interests them.