Monday, May 8, 2017

What sets voc students apart from college kids

oped: grandaughter and her HS BF sweetheart(Still together) opted out of college after 1st semester...said screw that... professors only want to talk about politics and agendas not subject matter of the courses... and student loans suck!..both went to work as apprentice's...she started out entrance level with auto body shops as a damage estimator... after 3 years she worked her way up to Insurance claims adjuster...and was hired by AllStateIns 65k plus benefits including a car! her BF is a welder and fabricator 65k for a major power plant...they bought their first house together last year 300k...both are young (she 27 he 29) still in love and doing well... parents and old GP proud of them!

Mike Rowe has made it his mission to advance the cause of learning a trade. As he puts it, "We're lending money we don't have, to kids who will never be able to pay it back, for jobs that no longer exist."
Yet kids -- and their parents -- keep swilling the college Kool-Aid. 
Turns out, vocational kids have more to offer employers than a mere degree. Check it out - you know it's true.  

The Main Trait That Sets Vocational Students Apart From College Kids 

by: Katie 

When I graduated from high school a number of years ago, there were a few – but only a few – rumblings concerning the high cost of college and the need for a more sensible, cost-effective path to a career, such as that offered by apprenticeship. I was curious about this alternative, but found it practically impossible to pursue because drinking the must-go-to-college Kool-Aid was the thing to do.  

Times have certainly changed. Today, apprenticeship and vocational forms of higher education are viewed in a much more favorable light.

Yet despite this surge in interest, vocational education still endures a fair amount of skepticism and prejudice, as witnessed by one teacher in a column for The Guardian entitled, “I’m tired of justifying the value of vocational subjects.” 
According to the teacher, many of her colleagues give lip service to the idea of vocational education but then turn around and make “derogatory comments” about it, solidifying the stereotype that those who pursue such a path are the dumb students.
As the article goes on to explain, nothing could be further from the truth:
“Traditionally, vocational subjects have attracted students considered to be of low ability, or who are looking for an easy qualification. But my students, past and present, are passionate, committed, and deserve every chance to be successful in whichever subjects they choose. Students who take vocational subjects have a clear idea of the path they wish to take. They know what they want to do once they leave the comfort of compulsory education.” 

In other words, students who pursue vocational education often demonstrate initiative and have the grit to swim upstream and buck the smooth, easy path chosen by the rank and file.
Oddly enough, it is those very same attitudes that employers are looking for. They want young people who can take the lead and pursue a goal even in the face of opposition and challenge. They want individuals who solve problems and are discontent to sit back on their heels and plod along in their work.
In response to these desires, the education system pushes more students toward college, assuring them that they must keep up with the Joneses and fork out money for bigger and better colleges if they want to be attractive to employers and realize the American dream.
Sadly, as a recent study in Science Magazine demonstrates, that American dream isn’t what it once was. In fact, today’s young people are less likely to go above and beyond the earnings and success that their parents and grandparents achieved, as shown in the chart below. 

Percent of Children Earning More than their Parents 
Is it possible that the inability of children to exceed the success of their parents is partially due to the fact that we’ve done our best to discourage vocational education? Would we inspire greater interest and ambition in the next generation if we didn’t imply that every student take the college path?
This post The Main Trait That Sets Vocational Students Apart From College Kids was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Annie Holmquist.

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