Monday, February 09, 2009

20 years ago, Frederick High PTA got it wrong

I really enjoy reading the 20/50/100 section of the Frederick News post. This one really shows how the world changes.

Six percent of Frederick High School students plan to seek technical training beyond high school, a recent survey showed. In contrast, 80 percent of the jobs in the 1990s will require technical training, rather than college degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. "Many students just don’t explore all the avenues available," Elizabeth Vest, Frederick High PTA president, said. "Parents are also unaware of how many avenues there are."

Eight percent of the jobs in the 90s won't require a college degree? I think that most folks these days would disagree. These days, it seems that now, more than ever, you need a college degree to get anywhere! That doesn't mean that a degree necessarily makes you qualified for a job, or that not having a degree means that you can't do it, but it has become the benchmark for getting most jobs these days.

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