This week at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing, I spoke with experts about the skilled labor shortage and the benefits of encouraging high school students to pursue careers in the skilled labor market. Often, students are misinformed and encouraged to get a traditional four-year degree, when pursuing a trade will enable them to acquire a high-paying job without a mountain of debt.
I far too often see young people who are 28 or 29 and sometimes 33 or 34 years old who enroll in technical school or take on apprenticeships because they have either given up trying to find a job with their four-year degree or they have lost interest in that subject. The worst part about that situation is that they likely have student debt, and they have missed out on a decade of working in a potentially high-paying skilled labor job.
One of the best things we can do for our kids, and the future of our country, is to destigmatize career and technical education for kids graduating high school.
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