Federal Funding For The Initiative Expired Essay

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When federal funding for the initiative expired in 2001 despite the overwhelmingly positive effects (“School to Work”), some states passively allowed the School-to-Work momentum to slow while other states took initiative to continue investing in vocational education. South Carolina, for example, began an initiative called Apprenticeship Carolina that gave one million dollars to the state’s technical college and offered a one thousand dollar subsidy per apprentice per year to businesses willing to start apprenticeship programs. The state has now doubled the number of apprentices and expanded apprenticeships to even more occupations, such as advanced manufacturing, health care, and informational technology. One of the best outcomes has been the strong collaboration between the technical colleges and businesses (Lerman 4). This partnership allows employers to directly suggest curriculum updates and students to easily transition to employment while studying. Foreign investors such as BMW have been drawn to invest in South Carolina and have created thousands of jobs (“BMW Trains”). Naturally, the government benefits from excellent apprenticeship programs because more employment and higher wages result in more tax dollars and a more productive economy. As one can see, apprenticeships and vocational education have the potential to benefit all who are involved. Because vocational education and apprenticeships are efficient and inexpensive ways to train young people, many nations…

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