Sources agree

Let's bring back and support career and technical opportunities for Evanston Youth. 

 
 

Chicago Tribune: Boeing's retiring boomers underscore U.S. manufacturing plight

"...the planemaker is investing in education — from vocational training to programs at middle schools — to try to make manufacturing 'cool' to a generation that has never known shop class, Denney said. In the short term, Boeing is stepping up training and mentoring programs within its factories, she said."

 
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Forbes: Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

"Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenches learning a craft such as woodwork or maybe metal work, or any one of the hands-on projects that characterized the once-ubiquitous shop class."

 
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WSJ: Clinton Should Listen to Kaine on Vocational Schools

"Before he was Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine introduced a bill this spring that would provide more funding for career and technical education. A high-school diploma should not only prepare students for college, he said, but also for 'getting a high-skilled job after graduation.'"

 
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NYTimes: Straight From High School to a Career

"CANDIDATES from both parties have been talking a lot about the loss of American jobs, declining wages and the skyrocketing cost of college. But missing from the debate is the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of “middle skill” jobs in the United States that are — or soon will be — going unfilled because of a dearth of qualified workers." 

 
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EMSI: The Associate’s Degree Payoff: Community College Grads Can Get High-Paying Jobs, and Here Are Some Examples

"For some students, the decision to enroll at a community college is simple. A two-year school offers the credential they need at a much lower cost than a university, and the earnings post-degree are on par with — or better than — what they would make after going to a four-year school."