There are tens of millions of jobs that will be with us for decades that don’t require a college degree: machinists, line repair, air-conditioning repair, exterminator, high-end manufacturing, and so on. We need to remove any stigma from vocational education and dramatically increase its visibility and availability. Apprenticeships should be a big part of the future of education for millions of Americans that would give them a runway to a fulfilling livelihood.
Problems to be Solved
- Too many students invest in college when it’s not the right investment for them
- Too few students are aware of alternative career paths, or lack access to training for those paths
- Some feel there is a stigma attached to vocational jobs.
As President, I will…
- Increase funding to vocational programs within public schools
- Direct the Dept. of Education to provide materials to all public schools about career paths that don’t require a college degree
- Prioritize career paths that students express interest in rather than giving blanket advice that college is the right/only option
- Begin a public education campaign championing vocational jobs and education, “I Work With My Hands – And It’s Awesome.”