In growing numbers, U.S. high schools see it as their mission to prepare young people for college. But for a host of reasons, a big percentage of students who enroll in college never make it through. Instead, they leave with crushing debt and no degree.
Given this reality, some argue that students would be better served if there were more alternatives to higher education. Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton, Mass., offers students one such option.
At Southeastern, students take traditional academic courses and they learn any number of vocations–including carpentry, culinary arts, metal fabrication, and video production–with the idea that they can jump straight into well-paying jobs, if they choose to delay or forgo college.
John Tulenko of Education Week visits Southeastern to find out where these “alternative paths” lead.
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