Apprenticeships have “relevance built right in” for students

June 8, 2017

Postsecondary institutions need to embrace apprenticeships and the many benefits they can bring to students, writes Scott Carlson for the Chronicle of Higher Ed. Carlson argues that the traditional college track has given many students overwhelming debt instead of workplace skills, and discusses how apprenticeships can allow students to earn while they learn. The article examines trends in the US postsecondary sector related to apprenticeships, and looks at how several US colleges have integrated apprenticeships into their institutions. “If a student understands the relevance of what they are doing in their aspiration for work, then you've got them,” explains Colorado Department of Higher Education Executive Director Kim Hunter Reed, adding that apprenticeships “have the relevance built right in.” Chronicle of Higher Education