Good timing, I suppose:
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar writes in the Pioneer Press that the U.S. needs a revival of vocational-technical education for the good of both students and American business.
Among the things she says need to be reformed in the American system:
Above all, we need to change a culture that too often relegates community and technical colleges to the backwaters of higher education. Businesses will recognize the value of two-year degrees, and our entire country will benefit if we bring them back into the mainstream where they belong. …
By developing smooth pathways to a broader range of postsecondary opportunities, including high-quality technical education and apprenticeship programs, our schools will put more students on the road to success instead of leaving them at a dead-end.
She puts in a plug for Saint Paul College’s Manufacturing Technology Center and the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Technical and Community College.