California should embrace vocational education

07/27/2014 11:07 AM

07/25/2014 9:23 AM

Re "California's tech classes facing peril" (Capitol & California, July 20): Dan Walters put California on notice, but I disagree that "offering CTE is one of our best antidotes to the dropout crisis." Career Technical Education, aka vocational education, is as important, if not more important, than a bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's degrees are a dime a dozen and are overrated at the expense of CTE. It is very hard to find good skilled labor in California, and it is because we do not have anywhere near a good statewide vocational education program, save for the high school Regional Occupational Program, which is also losing ground.

The community college system would serve California well if it refocused its attention on CTE and left the bachelor's degrees to the CSU and UC.

-- Sylvia Navari, Sacramento

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