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Don’t count out shop class

High school students-and their parents-used to think of shop class as an easy A. But now, more students are getting jobs with the training they’re acquiring in vocational training. Not all young people are interested-or have the means-for a traditional college education, and the U.S. government is seeing that. This year these programs are getting more federal dollars. Here in Chicago, the electrical program at Simeon Career Academy was reinstated last week after the district shuttered it in July. Students, parents and an Alderman said cancelling the training would be detrimental to students who had that as an only option to a career. We talk with Bloomberg News' Jeff Green about the increase of these programs around the country, and Terry Allen from IBEW Local 134 explains how his union is working with Chicago Public Schools to get students from vocational programs on the path to a career. Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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