Bill Gates and Melinda Gates launched a drive towards education. Recently, the Gates Foundation is determined to bring value to college education or a certificate. College education has become less of a factor in the employer world.
Undoubtedly, college degree doesn’t guarantee that you will land an important job. However, on the flip side, vocational schools are beginning to take the lead with the right approach towards education.
Colleges Might Be Falling Behind
Bill Gates has noted that he could transform colleges and universities to offer courses that are similar to vocational training centers. In other words, vocational schools offer marketable skills that colleges have failed to provide their student body with the foundation that employers are searching for. With more demand for skilled workers, colleges might be falling behind.
This isn’t to say colleges lack ambition. It’s the current market that is changing quickly. A primary example is the medical field. The medical field requires professionals to be equipped to handle situations.
A classroom experience with a hands-on approach is the best way for medical professionals to learn their trade. A skilled medical professional is valuable in today’s growing healthcare concern.
This Means Majors Could Be Cut and Financial Aid Cut to Certain Programs
Though elite institutions of higher education will still provide students with a liberal arts education, degrees like history, geography, philosophy, and political science might be cut to make room for the demand.
If congress adopts the Gates Foundation’s tool to measure the value of a college degree or certificate, then Congress could decided that low earnings and low loan repayment rates. This could disqualify students in certain programs from receiving federal financial aide.
Students may be faced with the burden of picking a program they are not necessarily interested in.
Trade Schools are Leading the Educational Industry
Coincidentally, trade schools are leading the educational industry with providing the workforce with skilled workers. With vocational schools, this may not be an issue especially with Financial Aid. For some vocational schools, they are opting to provide students with affordable education that provides them with better access to employment opportunities and educational grants.
Conversely, the educational world is changing. What was the mainstream ten years ago may not be the right choice for the future. It’s good that they are adding options for high school graduates. The more paths to get to a successful destination the more likelihood there will be progress in society.