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Trade schools gain traction as pandemic influences post-secondary education choices

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The landscape of post-secondary education is witnessing significant changes, influenced by the pandemic’s effects and shifting student priorities.

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Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center indicates a decline in college enrollment in recent decades, particularly among males. Local education experts point to an increasing inclination towards trade schools, a sentiment that aligns with the national trend.

The pandemic-induced remote learning experience has also fueled students’ desire for a more hands-on, skills-based education.

In response, institutions like Monroe Community College have diversified their offerings to include non-credit and accelerated training, catering to immediate workforce entry. While college remains a popular choice, there’s an evident broadening in students’ post-graduation options.