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California wants to ramp up its technical education and career training programs in schools

Students learn car mechanics at a school in England. California officials want to increase technical training for students to train them in careers that don't require college.
Students learn car mechanics at a school in England. California officials want to increase technical training for students to train them in careers that don't require college. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

California education officials want to expand and promote career and technical education classes offered by public schools.

While we've all heard the rhetoric by some administrators and educators for all high school graduates to be college ready, many students want and will end up in technical careers for which they won't need to go to college. On the contrary, many jobs require vocational training.

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson is calling the effort the “Career Readiness Initiative.” To bring attention to the issue, he declared February Career Technical Education Month.

His public campaign includes seven presentations through April to help school districts tailor their technical education classes to industries hungry for workers with that level of training. Speakers will talk about how to best help students land and keep a job, how pilot programs are combining academic and technical education, and how community colleges are on the forefront of learning in-demand technical skills.

California high schools offer more than 42,000 career and technical classes, ranging from game design to international business to mental health studies.

Torlakson wants more schools to offer computer science, arts, and green career training to prepare them for jobs in those industries. He said part of his efforts will focus on finding more funding for vocational education.

 

 

 

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