Nothing wrong with blue-collar jobs

04/06/2014 4:04 PM

04/07/2014 10:33 AM

Re "State isn't prepared for college" (California Focus, April 6): I am struck by the establishment's idea that all students need to go to college. Perhaps the dropout rate and rate of college attendance is tied to the lack of connection by school administration and students' real world needs.

Some students do not intend to go to college but will move into blue-collar jobs and are forced to take classes they do not feel they need. Maybe a dual track of college bound and technical/blue collar bound needs to be established.

We need plumbers, auto mechanics and carpenters just as much as we need engineers and doctors. Both forms of careers are honorable and should be treated as such.

-- Doye Sivils, Antelope

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