Importance Of Vocational Programs

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How many college students graduated with the major that they originally started with? What if one program could offer a solution to this major problem? Many high schools offer a vocational program to students, however, not many students take the opportunity. Some students may consider the program a challenge to their schedule, however, it would only better them for the future. Vocational programs that offer collaborative learning and work-based experience will give students skills needed for life after high school and will help decrease the number of students who change majors. One positive way that vocational programs help high school students is that it helps introduce vital skills necessary for life after they graduate high school. Life …show more content…
Students who are a part of vocational programs would need to learn to be aware of scheduling around the seemingly more important classes. Vocational program’s classes are college level, and therefore more difficult to make up missed class time. If students miss too many days of class without cause, they are no longer allowed to be a part of the vocational program. It is sometimes difficult to wake up for class, however, one has to be responsible enough to do so in order to keep a good a reputation, keep good grades, and keep good attendance in order to stay on track with the program. As discussed before, good attendance in a vocational program will also help alongside the teaching of professionalism. If one shows up to work late every day, he/she would get fired. If one decides that they do not feel like going to work one day, and one does not call in, she/he would get fired. If one misses too many days of work without cause, he/she would get fired. The same goes for students in vocational programs, as attendance is a key aspect of the program as a whole. Vocational programs help prepare high school students for life as a well rounded citizen of society, and having a major and career that is focused throughout college is a big part of …show more content…
According to a Study done at La Verne University, 50-70% of college students change majors at least once, and most will change their major at least three times before they graduate. A vocational program that offers college credits towards a major that a student is interested in could potentially help that student make a serious career choice. Then, the student may actually stick to that choice since he/she already have the college and hands on experience with her/his intended career before actually going to college. For instance, Samantha thought she was going to college for nursing and started taking classes through her vocational program to get experience and some much needed credits. After her experience and a few classes, she realized that nursing was not the career that she wanted after all. Since her school offered the vocational program for both juniors and seniors, she opted to take a business and entrepreneurship class her second year and realized that was what she really wanted to do in life. Since she took the opportunity given to her by her school, she was able to figure out that her intended career choice was not what she had wanted after all, and she was able to truly decide her career. Along with time being saved, she was also able to earn college credits before even going to a

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