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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Demand is high for skilled trades classes

Seventy percent of Los Angeles County students said they'd consider taking a skilled trades class, if their high school offered the option, according to a survey sponsored by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, reports Sierra Lyons on The 74.


Natalya Puga inspects a weld on a cooking grate for her barbecue grill project as part of the Da Vinci Schools skilled trades summer program in Los Angeles County. (Photo: Ben Gibbs/Harbor Freight Tools for Schools)

But few high schools offer such classes, despite very strong support for the option by voters, parents and students.


Most of those surveyed did not think high schools were doing a good job of preparing students for the future, writes Lyons. "Neither parents nor students knew the specific steps necessary to secure the education and training needed to begin a career in skilled trades."


"Only a small minority of Los Angeles high school graduates -- approximately one in four -- will earn a four-year college degree within six years of graduation," she writes.


Students talked about their interest in construction jobs, said Belen Vargas, senior director of Los Angeles County Programs at Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. “Young people in the focus group really spoke about wanting to work in a career where it’s improving their community, and they spoke very eloquently about driving around and seeing these big projects going up and how they know that’s that’s to better their community, and they want to be part of that."


Work-study programs are a doable way to motivate high school students and prepare them for college and careers, writes Paul G. Vallas in a Manhattan Institute brief.

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m_t_anderson
Apr 11

Mike Rowe, phone your office!

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JK Brown
JK Brown
Apr 10

The defining purpose of schools in the US for the last 55 years has been to ensure that students did not learn anything in school with which they could earn a living. It will be a hard change for the education administrators to overcome their education school edumedications.


Col. [Robert G.] Ingersoll, with characteristic force, says:
"I agree perfectly that the hand and head must work together.  Nothing excites my pity more than a man who has given fifteen or twenty years of his life to study—who is the graduate of a University and yet knows nothing of importance--knows nothing that he can sell—knows nothing by which he can make a living.  HIs poor head is stuffed with worthless knowledge—with…

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