Vocational high schools: Career path or kiss of death?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When William Fuller graduates this spring, he'll be leaving with more than just a high school diploma. He'll also have a carpentry certification and a full-time job offer from his current employer, a custom cabinetmaker in Lester, Pennsylvania.

That's because Fuller is graduating from Philadelphia's Mercy Vocational High School, which aims to ensure that students leave not only with the basics they need to earn a high school diploma in the state, but also an industry certification.

Working while he was younger with his uncle, who was a construction worker, sparked Fuller's interest in carpentry.

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