College Alternatives

It is conventional wisdom in the United States that in order to be successful everyone needs to go directly to college and get a four-year degree.  Such thinking, unfortunately, has done a tremendous disservice to the millions of students who may not be able to pursue a college degree right out of high school, yet who would benefit from innovative programs that combine skills training with the opportunity to earn college credits and other educational credentials.  Although the U.S. needs to increase the number of Americans with college degrees – especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), it also needs to strengthen the programs and career pathways that prepare young people for good-paying skilled trade and middle-skill jobs that come with opportunities for further education and training