November 28, 2011 - The Return of the Blue Collar Worker?

In November 2011, U.S. News and World Report ran an article featuring Rakiyah Wright of Bloomfield Tech in New Jersey, that explored the strengths of Career and Technical Education (CTE)—a.k.a. vo-tech training. The article cites a CBS report on CTE education that followed a student earning his certification to become a welder who was offered three jobs after graduation in 2009—as the economy was struggling. "Unfortunately, in our society, we've looked at it as if everyone needs to be a college grad—which we know is untrue," says Marsha Casey, who has been teaching social studies at Vinal Tech High School in Connecticut for seven years. Read more of this look into CTE at