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Mon Mar 28, 2022, 01:10 PM

Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming

It's a typical school day for Lisa Alaniz she and her classmates stand in a warehouse-like room, cutting wood and piecing together the rafters of a shed. They're students at Texas State Technical College working toward an associate's degree in construction.

"I did [high school] online because that's when the pandemic hit," says Alaniz, 21. "And I just realized online school is not for me. Like, I'm very, very bad at computer work." Alaniz didn't want to spend her days trapped in an office, either. She wanted to pursue something more hands-on, which is what led her to the program here in Waco, about 100 miles south of Dallas.

Since the pandemic began, more than a million students have held off from going to college, opting to work instead. Two-year public schools have been among the hardest hit they're down about three-quarters of a million students. Skilled-trades programs are the exception. Across the country, associate's degree programs in fields like HVAC and automotive repair have seen enrollment numbers swell.

Alaniz's program is preparing her for work in a field where details matter. She learns key on-the-job skills each day, and that comes with plenty of mistakes. Today, in framing class, her group has already made a measurement error on the shed they're building. They'll have to fix it before they can proceed.

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/28/1086454046/2-year-skilled-trades-programs-booming
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Even pre-pandemic---one grandson's college plans were derailed and he ended up at the local tech school learning robotics

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Mon Mar 28, 2022, 03:07 PM

2. Skilled tradespersons are very important to a strong country. Nt

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