Not all students are ready for a college track while in high school. Offering quality vocational education is a wonderful alternative to our kids wasting away and bored to death in high school. This training gives them the skills to join the work force and become responsible citizens.
This can also delay going straight to college after high school. Many of our youth are not ready to go to college but feel the must or they are failures. Working at a job for which they trained can give them real life experience and maturity before they go to college. This would make these youth more successful in college.
It's time that we saw the benefits of real vocation education. Bright Future, in Seattle is an excellent program to look at for a model.