Re-thinking the role of vocational education post-Great Recession – February 2013, By Brad Van Arnum
For all the economic misery caused by the Great Recession, it has at the very least exposed some of the most serious shortcomings of an education system once deemed second to none in the world. One of the most sobering observations made in recent years is that in some industries, ample job opportunities exist if only there were enough Americans with the requisite skills to fill them. Welding, plumbing, and carpentry are just a few of the growing number of occupations that struggle to find skilled workers domestically. To witness these positions going unfilled at a time of nearly eight percent unemployment raises a litany of questions concerning the country’s educational goals and priorities.
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