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Students Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Vocational Education and College Prep

December 22, 2013
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Students Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Vocational Education and College Prep
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Thanks to a new program in Georgia, they won't have to.

Traditional technical education can do a lot of good for students, but it’s often stigmatized for neglecting college-prep and locking kids into one job. But Georgia high schools’ new Pathway program features big improvements. All students in the program choose an academically-focused path, and participate in electives, college preparatory courses, and career exploration. The courses in the program challenge students to develop problem-solving skills as they earn industry certifications through a hybrid model. At Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia, students work with 3D-printers, welding equipment, and computer-controlled machinery. The program makes academic and economic sense, and it’s a great way to prepare students simultaneously for the workforce and higher education.

 

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