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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

January 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

STEM education: Apply it to vocational training

Over the past several years, high schools seem to be interested only in encouraging students to pursue a university or college level education [“Better STEM education, training needed for mismatched workers,” Opinion, Nov. 14]; while this is a good and beneficial idea for most of society, there seems to be a marked lacking legislators’ understanding for the need of vocational postsecondary education training.

Until there is a complete change in construction techniques, the construction of any major structure will require electricians, carpenters, plumbers, etc. Computers have not been made that can completely build airplanes, buildings, automobiles, houses and bridges.

Due to a failing on the part of legislative bodies, vocational training in the trade skills has not been properly (or evenly adequately) funded in the area of the skilled trades. STEM training can, and should, be provided in vocational skills so that the skilled trades can produce things that benefit all.

John Marthens, Bellingham

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