Some parts of the country offer vocational-technical programs where the student attends an academic high school half-time for core courses and then a vocational school for building trades, auto mechanics, etc.<quoted text>Florida is reevaluating it's testing methods for NCLB assumes all students will be attending college. Hah!
When I was a young snapperwhipper the high schools in my region offered various course loads__college prep__business__home economics and industrial arts. Beyond high school there were different sorts of trade schools-union apprenticeship programs and such.
My friends who became tool and die makers made great money over the course of their lives. One friend became a captain on a Great Lakes freighter. Class reunions are interesting.
At the same time we continue to pour untold billions of dollars into community colleges that offer worthless degrees.