Trades given new focus: Schools are providing opportunities in all kinds of areas

“Our primary mission goal is to get students industry certifications that will make an impact on their employability and ability to start above entry-level positions.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last April that about one-third of high school graduates choose not to go on to college, and plenty of high schools are working with those students to help them achieve careers as they head into the world.

Brandi Petersen, spokeswoman for Westside Community Schools in Omaha, said teachers and staff at the district’s Westside High School help students become successful in whatever they want to do.

 “We pride ourselves on our trades programs — welding, architecture, engineering,” she said. “No matter what students are interested in pursuing for the rest of their lives, we’ll help them succeed in that.”

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