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Vocational schools report uptick in interest as traditional college gets pricier (NJ Spotlight News)

September 9, 2022

Donald M Payne Sr School

Click here for a video on NJ Spotlight news highlighting the increased interest in county vocational-technical schools among both parents and students.

It appears education for skilled trades is making a comeback among high school students. Vocational schools report they are seeing an uptick in demand. It’s an appealing alternative to the four-year college experience that’s left too many saddled with burdensome debt and few, low-paying career prospects.

“A lot of people think we are old trade schools, and we are far from that. We do offer a host of AP courses… We have an honors program and various academic programs; I would go up against a comprehensive high school any day as far as our academics.” said Mr. Eric Love, principal, of Essex County Donald M. Payne Senior School of Technology.

Watch the video to accompany this story, which originally appeared on NJ Spotlight News Sept. 8, 2022.

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