Voices of Career and Technical Education•
The growing importance of career and technical education as a viable path to the American Dream was highlighted this month in a thought-provoking piece in US News & World Report, Vocational High Schools: Career Path or Kiss of Death.
Happily, as the article underscores, more educators are dispelling the myth that gaining technical skills and earning industry-recognized certificates while in high school unfairly limits students’ futures.
As you know, Opportunity Nation’s coalition agrees. We strongly believe that young Americans deserve multiple pathways to success.
“It’s not about discouraging students from going to college, but making sure they have options should they choose another path.”
Ray Caruthers, Principal, David H. Ponitz Career and Technology Center
“We’ve done a disservice in this country by suggesting that there’s only one path to success, which is to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Mark Edwards, Opportunity Nation
“You’re not just leaving with a diploma, but a diploma and a license and certification.”
Shemari Hale, High School Senior
Share your voice to support multiple pathways. Tweet this to your followers. Let’s work together to remove the stigma associated with career and technical education and empower all youth for post-secondary success, no matter what path they choose.