Restore vocational education

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The recent Express-News article by staff writer Taylor Tompkins on the visit to San Antonio by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez (“Students urged to think about apprenticeships,” July 11) was a déjá vu moment.

There was a time when vocational and technical education (voc/tech-ed) was still a strong part of high school curricula, serving as an effective vehicle for timely, rewarding employment after high school or community college.

Whether an 18-year-old planned on going to college was largely a matter of finances, grades and family tradition of work independence after high school graduation.

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