The Case for Vocational Technical Schools versus Colleges and Universities as a Means for an Education for our Youth Today

Society puts a lot of pressure on young people to get good grades in high school so they can go to a nice college and obtain a four-year degree. The fact of the matter is that not everybody is cut out for the traditional college experience, however. Sitting in a classroom setting isn’t optimal for everyone, and yet we keep urging high schoolers to dream big and apply to those educational institutions. What happened to vocational technical schools and why aren’t young people aware of them anymore?

Vocational Technical schools, or vo-techs, used to be a popular choice amongst high school graduates looking to continue their education but not attend a university or college. And there are many good reasons for people to choose the latter over the former. First off, four-year degrees can be very expensive, leaving graduates saddled in debt that takes years – sometimes decades – to pay off. Second, not everybody is built to learn in the typical classroom situation. Some folks need to use their hands to build, create, break apart and explore, which is what vo-echs are great for. And third, vo-techs are typically two-year programs, meaning just two years after high school graduation you can be working in a vocational field and start making money.

Vo-techs are designed to provide vocational training in many different fields, like auto repair for example. What many people don’t know about the auto repair field is that mechanics typically make upwards of $30/hour or around $60,000 per year. And yet there’s a big shortage of skilled labor in this sector. Why? Because vocational technical schools aren’t pumping out as many graduates as they used to, which is likely a cause of society’s pressure on attending a  four-year college or university.

Is anybody else in agreement that we should begin to urge high schoolers to consider taking up a vocation instead of a degree in English or geology? We’re on a mission to spread the word that there are other options than four-year colleges, not just because everyone deserves an education designed to fit their needs and personalities, but because fewer people are being trained in vocations like the auto mechanic sector, and if this trend keeps up we will soon be in trouble.

Do you know anybody interested in the automotive repair industry? I have a client that has many job opportunities and is having a hard time finding enough good qualified candidates. If anybody comes to mind, please direct them to apply at www.midas.com or www.applyatmidas.com.

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