Career and Technical Education

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Also known as career or technical education, vocational education refers to formal training and instruction for technical, paraprofessional, skilled, or semiskilled occupations, usually without requiring or providing a bachelor’s degree. RAND researchers have examined the relationship between vocational education and effective workforce planning and development, state policies influencing vocational education, vocational education quality, and more.

  • Electrician teaching his apprentices how to strip the wires in the distribution board, photo by simonkr/Getty Images

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    The Value of Education and Training After High School

    Feb 2, 2022

    Most types of postsecondary credentials can lead to improved earnings. But returns can vary across different fields and by demographic characteristics. Understanding the value of credentials can help individuals, employers, and policymakers make smarter investments.

  • Female teacher helping students training to be electricians, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

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    If College Isn't the Pathway to the Middle Class It Once Was—What Is?

    Apr 5, 2022

    Is college still the best path to the middle class? It's complicated. College credentials still do lead many to increased earnings, but the rapid increases in college costs, coupled with a strong labor market, have made the payoff for a college degree no longer a sure thing.

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