Back when Steve Rinehart was in high school, students with technical aptitude and interest had few education or career options.
Some four decades later, Rinehart says things have changed — and for the better.
Today, these students can benefit from what used to be vocational education but has evolved into technical as well vocational education, he said.
Today, these students don't necessarily need a four-year college degree to get a good, well-paying job, he said.
"In days gone by, vocational education was regarded as place where kids took shop classes and worked on cars or did welding or carpentry," he said. "While those fields are important, the new vocational education now features technical training in such fields as electronics, computer science, electrical engineering."
The vocational-technical schools in several area counties as well as the technical programs in some area high schools all offer "excellent technical educations" which can lead to good jobs or to enrollment in post-secondary schools which can lead to even better jobs, Rinehart said.