Life After High School Must Include Education or Training

By Mary Helt Gavin | Evanston Round Table | Nov. 7, 2012

Gone are the days of “career track” and “college track” at Evanston Township High School, said Shelly Gates, chair of Applied Sciences and Technologies at the high school.

A lot can be said for focusing on employable skills, Ms. Gates said, but cautioned that learning those skills may have to continue after high school.

“We’re trying to get away from the idea that kids can get enough training in high school. … All kids need some post-secondary education. We help kids figure out their skills and what they will do next. Kids have a right to know what they’re going to do next, why they’ll be going to do it and how much it will cost them,” she says.

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