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Elizabeth Lamoureux
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Dr. Cox
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English 1101 Honors
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April 25, 2013
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The Value of Technical High Schools in Georgia’s Business Marketplace
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Businesses need specialized workers; young people need jobs. It seems like this would
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be an easy problem to solve. However, business and education are not communicating with
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each other. To add to this dilemma, emphasis is still put on a college education for everyone.
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Samuel Halperin, study director of the Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship for the W.
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T. Grant Foundation, co-authored two reports: “The Forgotten Half: Non-College Youth in
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America” and “The Forgotten Half: Pathways to Success for America’s Youth and Young
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Families.” Halperin states: “While the attention of the nation was focused on kids going to
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college . . . the truth is that 70 percent of our adults never earn a college degree” (qtd. in
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Rogers). According to an article in Issues in Science and Technology, the Bureau of Labor
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Statistics projects that there will be more need for skills obtained through “community colleges,
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occupational training, and work experience” (Lerman). As Anne C. Lewis points out, although the
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poor job situation is recognized as detrimental to American youth, President Bush tried to get
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rid of career and technical education (CTE) and “promote strictly academic programs.” Luckily,
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Congress did not support it (Lewis 5). The figure for U.S. teen joblessness in October 2009 was
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27.6 percent, the highest since World War II (Karaim). According to Thomas E. Persing,
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Americans are “disregarding the 50 percent who enter college and fail to graduate. . . .” Since
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everyone does not want or need to go to college, young people need an alternative choice,

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