“College Education or Technical Training”: Why Not Both?
Why is it Important to Obtain a College Education?
Why a Career and Technical Education?
- 4 out of 5 secondary CTE graduates who pursued post-secondary education after high school had earned a credential or were still enrolled two years later.
- 27 percent of people with less than an associate degree, including licenses and certificates, earn more than the average bachelor degree recipient.
- The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing 806,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 293,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
- Health care occupations, many of which require an associate degree or less, make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.
- Middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree, are a significant part of the economy.
Looking back on my career path I benefited from both a technical and college education. While in high school, I attended vocational school to earn my culinary arts certificate. During college, I worked as a chef to support myself. I was able to earn sustainable wages while earning a college degree. After college, I quit working as a chef and began my career in the corporate world. Then the economy tanked. Corporations were downsizing and I found myself unemployed. I was able to fall back on my occupational training in culinary arts to sustain my family and I until the economy recovered. Without this training, I could have lost everything but I didn’t because I had an in-demand skill.
Don’t get me wrong, earning my college degree was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I would not Dr. Corinthia Price, if it wasn’t for my college education. I’ve held prominent positions in various organizations and educational institutions.
I became a lifelong learner because of the training and discipline I’ve received in vocational school. With this training I was able to sustain myself through college, earn sustainable wages while the economy recovered, and further my education to completion (Associate through Doctorate Degree).