At a time when graduates and their families would typically celebrate accomplishments with anticipation for the future, the most discerning are calling us with questions about what a trade school can do for them. The conversations follow a similar pattern. Here’s what the graduate had planned to do, here are all the new concerns altering that plan, and how might a non-traditional learning environment fit into that new plan?
Our reaction? Those questions and the dialogue that follows are essential. Shake the dust off that plan, the intended outcomes, and the risks. Consider alternatives that fit better given the circumstances. Plus, a small trade school like IYRS providing short-cycle technical training for in-demand jobs can do a lot.
The reality facing recent high school graduates and current college students is uncertain at best. Whether they are contemplating a college, career, or service there are many question marks. Deposit due dates were extended in May. They feel the pressure to commit to their top choices. They debate the (often) inflated cost of online learning versus the on-campus experience. Yet, few of them know much about what colleges and universities can offer in September.
And, for many college students, the spring 2020 term was a poor experience. College and university responses to COVID-19 pandemic range widely. Clunky communications and bumpy transitions to online learning technologies weren’t the only red flags. Many felt the promise of a modern US institution of higher learning fell flat. Relationships with faculty, access to facilities, and robust social growth all dissipated. Few, if any, colleges or universities could uphold that promise when public statements, refunds, and systematic campus closures took precedent.
In one week in May, the California State University system announced it would not reopen as usual for fall 2020 classes while Notre Dame announced the fall semester would begin and end earlier than usual, without breaks. It is unsurprising 18 to 24 year-olds are seeking reliable information from real people to inform their choices.
Today, rethinking the college plan isn’t an exercise. It is a reality for young people with a strategic mindset toward their futures. Exploring alternatives is just one way to give them a real hand.
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