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Redefining success

America was built on individual strengths and a powerful work ethic – America has become slowly but undeniably disconnected from the most fundamental elements of civilization—food, energy, education, and the very nature of work itself.

Over the last 30 years, America has convinced itself that the best path for most people is an expensive, four-year degree. Pop culture has glorified the “corner office job” while unintentionally belittling the jobs that helped build the corner office. As a result, our society has devalued any other path to success and happiness. Community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs are labeled as “alternative.” Millions of well-intended parents and guidance counselors see apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for the brass ring: a four-year degree. The push for higher education has coincided with the removal of vocational arts from high schools nationwide. And the effects of this one-two punch have laid the foundation for a widening skills gap and massive student loan debt. Continue reading

History of vocational education – In 1914 a congressional Commission on National Aid to Vocational Education was established to study the skilled worker’s needs and report its findings to Congress. The findings of this commission resulted in the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act in 1917–the first federally enacted legislation to promote vocational education in public high schools in America.  Continue reading

Overview of career and technical education – Vocational schools, sometimes referred to as trade schools, career schools, or career and technical education provide practical training with few unrelated academic course requirements. They are relevant for many kinds of learners, including:

  • Individuals who are planning to enter industry for the first time
  • Adults who are looking to reenter the workforce
  • Professionals who wish to pursue a new career field

The education offered at vocational schools allows adults to focus on the skills to enter a particular industry, with the option of not taking unrelated general education courses required for an associate’s degree at a community college. Vocational schools also provide technology training or retraining for workers in their current occupations.  Continue reading

From Walter Williams: College is not the only road to success – Parents think a college education is necessary for success. Their youngsters think differently. According to a TD Ameritrade study quoted in the article, 49% of young millennials said their degree was “very or somewhat unimportant” to their current job.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in an October 2018 report, found that many students are underemployed, filling jobs that can be done with a high school education. More than one-third of currently working college graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree, such as flight attendants, janitors, and salesmen.  Continue reading

Trades school offer a pathway to success – A trade school, also known as a technical or vocational school, is an educational institution that exists to teach skills related to a specific job. Trade schools are a more streamlined approach to education, with curricula focusing on developing a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receiving a general education. Trade schools typically take a lot less time to complete, have smaller class sizes, and the majority of the training is hands-on, which is an ideal environment for many types of learners. Vocational degrees can lead to well-paying jobs like electrician, mechanic, machinist, pharmacy technician, nuclear technician, and dental hygienist, with room for growth and managerial potential in each field.  Continue reading

78 career and technical education facts for 2019 – Career and technical education (CTE) has become a major pillar of the American education system over the past several years.  Previously called vocational education or vo-tech, CTE provides students with real-world skills that they need to enter the workforce in 16 different industries.  But there’s one big question about CTE that’s hard to answer — does it actually work?  See conclusive evidence that CTE is a nationwide phenomenon that does everything from increasing high school graduation rates to boosting the overall US economy. Continue reading

Welcome to the skilled trade field! If you’re interested in a career in trade, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various fields?

Trades vs 4-year

If you’re wondering “is trade school better than college? – these are all important factors to consider. For many, the experience at a technical college is a better fit for them after comparing technical college vs. university education.

Technical colleges tend to offer more hands-on learning and require fewer unnecessary classes than four-year colleges. If you want some of the traditional college experience – there are technical colleges that offer on-campus dorms, intramural sports, various clubs and other student activities. You can enjoy and benefit from the best of both worlds. Continued reading

Trade schools on the rise – Mike Rowe offers a pretty spot-on assessment of the situation in higher education today. The popular Discovery Channel mainstay and champion for American workers of every collar color observe that “We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist.”  Continue reading

A career in the making – Also known as Career and Technical Education (CTE), vocational education prepares learners for jobs in manual and practical activities.  A learner develops expertise in specific trade areas, crafts, and careers.  Craft vocational trades involve artisans, craftsmanship, welding, plumbing, medical assisting, agriculture amongst others.

There are also high-end professions like engineering, accountancy, nursing, law, architecture, even though these disciplines have degree programs for specialization too.  Continue reading

High Paying Trade School Degrees and Jobs – Acquiring a professional trade at a vocational or trade school may be the perfect way to realize one’s dream of a high-paying job and a personally rewarding career. These high paying careers are ranked by pay, highest to lowest and we’ve highlighted the top 10 for you here: Continue reading

Planning your future

Too often today, our kids are defined not by what they want to do but what others believe they should do.  The result is success is described in very narrow terms.  No Broken believes kids should drive their own success with the support of their parents and teachers.  Below are a few books that can help our kids discover their own purpose and meaning; what success means to them.

This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.

No idea what you want to be? No worries!  This fun, rewarding guide draws on the time-tested principles of the career classic What Color Is Your Parachute? to help you discover your passions, skills, and potential dream jobs.

This fifth edition is especially useful for millennials and for baby boomers experiencing midlife career switches. The book leads readers step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying Personality Type. Then it identifies occupations that are popular with each Type, provides helpful case studies, and offers a rundown of each Type’s work-related strengths and weaknesses. Focusing on each Type’s strengths, Do What You Are uses workbook exercises to help readers customize their job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time.

From the author of the classic bestselling career guide The PathfinderNow What? is the essential guide to for young people looking to find satisfying and successful work, perfect for high school students, recent college graduates, and even twentysomethings and millennials already in the working world.

This updated edition provides parents, students, and teachers with practical information and the support to navigate the ever-changing advancements in technology which affects the learning environment. Featuring great tips, suggestions, and lesson ideas, this resource supports the purposeful infusion of technology into instruction across all content areas.

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