HLWW School Board discusses college vs. trade school

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – When students are asked what they plan to do after high school, a typical response is “go to college.”

But is a four-year college degree always the best preparation for a successful career?  At the Nov. 26 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board work session, board members discussed the benefits of different post-high school paths.

“College is so ingrained. . . Everything is college, college, college, and there aren’t jobs for them,” Board Member Dwayne Diers commented, adding that it’s possible for students to be educated, but not skilled.

In contrast, jobs in skilled trades – such as truck drivers, carpenters, plumbers, and electricians – are in high demand, since many people in these professions are nearing retirement age.

At HLWW, juniors and seniors are able to explore careers in the trades by taking classes at the Wright Technical Center (WTC) in Buffalo. These students take a bus (or drive their own vehicles) to the center and spend part of their school day learning about things like automotive technology, cosmetology, welding, construction, and more.

This year, five HLWW students are enrolled at Wright Technical Center. This is down from last year, when there were 12 students.

Look for the full article in the Friday, Nov. 30 edition of the Herald Journal.


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