Blacks, Latinos benefit from Career and Technical Education schools, but is it the remedy?

Stephon Johnson | 2/27/2014, 9:56 p.m.

“I still remember the guidance counselors when I was young,” continued Jones. “When I said I got admitted to college, they asked me, ‘What’s your trade gonna be?’ That was normal back then.”

He said that once people have an economic platform and get over the fact that they can leave home and provide for their families, then they can think about branching out. “But now I can have an economic backstop that allows me to take night courses and maybe transfer these skills into something else,” said Jones.

Grossman believes that CTE schools are helping young people with more than just a specific trade. When asked about students having a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel through a trade-specific school, he said his school is more than that. He said that his school can help kids who want to be drama majors and English majors as well.

“I remember what it was like to be 14, and I had no idea what I wanted to be,” said Grossman. “We’re not preparing kids to fulfill one career track. We see it as one lens of the world for the kids to explore.”

It’s not the mountaintop. It’s not the remedy, but it’s a start.