In today’s world, there are more and more opportunities for students who just don’t want to go to college. What if you aren’t ready for college? What if college isn’t for everyone? Here is a fantastic article on Apprenticeships found on the USAToday.com website.
The entire article can be found HERE. Below is an exert:
Teenagers in need of direction can turn to apprenticeships written by Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY (3/15/2010)
“EAGLE, Wis. — Only after he put his hands to metal on a factory floor did Jordan Vail begin to grasp the point of math, communications and other skills he was supposed to be learning in high school but wasn’t.
“It helps me a heck of a lot more to see how (what I’m doing) is translating to actual life instead of sitting in a lecture,” says Vail, 18. He was barely getting through high school when he landed an opportunity to combine classroom learning with paid, on-the-job training at Generac Power Systems, which builds standby generators.
The opportunity came as part of Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship Program, founded in 1991 to prepare non-college-bound high school students for jobs after graduation. The program also attracts college-bound students who want to explore careers, and as jobs have grown more technical over the years, participants are increasingly pursuing more education. But the mission to reach struggling high-schoolers remains at the forefront.
“We are able to reach a lot of really smart students who may be feeling a little lost in this college-prep world and who don’t understand that there are really good opportunities out there,” says Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. “We all know young people” who fit that description.
Students who complete the program earn a high school diploma, a certificate of occupational proficiency and, in some cases, credit for post-high school training programs.”