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Technical Skills Certificate vs. College Degree

Last Sunday (July 10, 2011), the front page of the New York Times featured an article called “Tough Calculus as Technical Schools Face Deep Cuts.”

The article followed a high scoring student who was not interested in school until he joined a vocational program that taught a tangible skill. Enhanced motivation is seen as a reason to direct students to vocational programs.

On the other hand, the article gives the importance of learning soft skills as an example of why a college degree is valuable. Continue reading