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College isn't only path to a lucrative job: NSBA study

On Board Online • August 31, 2015

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

Here's some good news for anyone involved in career and technical education: Students who don't go to college but take vocational courses in high school can set themselves up for success when they reach their mid-twenties, according to a new report.

By the time they are 26, only 12 percent of high school graduates have not been enrolled in either a two-year or four-year college, according to the report from the Center for Public Education, the research arm of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

The Path Least Taken II: Preparing Non-college Goers for Success is based on federal data from a longitudinal study of high school students over a 10-year span (2002-12).

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