Weighing Skill Trades vs. College Degree

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour says there's nothing wrong with encouraging some Mississippi high school students to aim for skill trade training instead of a university degree.

Not all Mississippi high school students will go to college, or even graduate. The state's dropout rate is 16 percent. Only about 17 percent of the state's population has a college degree.

Barbour said Mississippi's educational system has to rid itself of the stigma attached to vocational and technical training courses for students.

Many education supporters say giving students an option is OK, as long as academics continue to be emphasized.

Mississippi's relatively new high school redesign program lets students choose coursework based on their career interest. So far, the program is in 39 of the state's 152 school districts.


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  • by j rand Location: Raleigh NC on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Considering "job market, demand, skill level, with enough fortitude, working without a degree" to Absorb such Negativity surrounded in Obama-nomics, leaves little to gain in a major populus of mixed-up peoples living "in the same community." Everyday people would rather "pan-handle and beg" opposed to working in a prison. Due to substantial budget cuts in State governments, with even more imminent budget cuts to come... Makes the Wonder, to "turn around, and RETURN some of these Heathen, into Such a World of Affluent people. I KNOW HOW TO GUARD "that which is MINE," after working/living the life in Corrections. So who is worried about being intimidated by someone from the IRS? I suggest the American government to start "taxing" Foreigners, to the Rate of Charges, fees and Surcharges we Middle Classed Americans "Must PAY UP FRONT," then to loose Everything we've worked for.
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    trade school is good the trouble is most dont follow what the NEA sets as guide lines,,,,, with out the doctorate's.. "rounded education" the schools are blacklisted ....
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