Kudos to North Bend and Coquille school districts for recognizing the importance of vocational education. As a retired guidance counselor, I am well aware of the fact that not everyone is destined to go to college, nor is it necessary if there are good vocational programs available in the high schools. We will always need people to go into the skilled trades and other careers which, while needing specialized training, do not necessarily need a college degree.
It is not cheap to offer vocational education and thus, in New York State where I had my guidance career, districts would band together to form a cooperative and offer a variety of vocational programs in a central location. Students were bussed there for half days during the junior and senior years. I have often thought it a shame that Oregon didn’t have a similar program.
While building their separate vocational facilities does not offer this education to other students in neighboring districts, it is still a huge step in the right direction.