After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
Randy Emery, a welding instructor at the College of the Sequoias in California’s Central Valley, says a decades-long national push for high school graduates to get bachelor’s degrees has left vocational programs with an image problem, and the nation’s factories with far fewer skilled workers than needed.
Now California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.