Report: PA Could Learn from Germany about Career, Tech Education

new report found Germany’s investment in career and technical education could be a model for the Keystone State.

From a lack of sustained state investment in education to local agency decision-making, some districts have to limit the number of students who can attend a technical school, according to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

Kari King, president and CEO of the group, said although a European model might be difficult to replicate, Pennsylvania can learn from Germany’s early commitment to career exploration, which starts as young as age 10.

“We hear that there’s a lot of resources there for students, for their kind of career awareness once they’re in that program,” King explained. “But there’s not so much of that open line of communication before the student gets to the career and technical education center, that they’re aware that’s an option.”

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