In an article published in The Wall Street Journal July 18, Dakota Blazier shared his story about his decision to forego the traditional university route and take the road that is traveled a little too infrequently. The 18 year old from Indiana started down the path to a career in construction when he first took a basic construction skills course from the Associated Builders and Contractors Indiana/Kentucky chapter his junior year of high school and mapped out his plans to begin training with ABC through Gaylor Electric in the fall. The article quotes:
“‘I discovered a long time ago,’ Blazier explained, ‘I’m not book smart. I don’t like sitting still, and I learn better when the problem is practical.’ But he didn’t feel this limited his options—to the contrary. And he was executing a plan as purposeful as that of any of his high-school peers.”
The article also cites that just 3 in 10 Americans age 25 or older have bachelor’s degrees, 8% are high-school dropouts, and more than 60% are in similar circumstances to Blazier who knew a university wasn’t for him.
To read the full article titled “This Way Up: Mobility in America: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training” click here.