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  • Job training system in Mass. falls short, study says

    The Boston Globe - 11/09/2015

    The report, which examined US Census data, Labor Department employment projections, and enrollments at the state’s vocational schools, was commissioned by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a quasi-public agency that finances school construction. The authority sought the study because it has been inundated with funding requests from vocational schools seeking to expand, said Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern economics professor and one of the report’s authors.

    This is the first time the Northeastern economists have looked at the numbers this way. College graduates remain a desirable commodity, of course, but it’s surprising that so many jobs need less than a bachelor’s degree, and many just a high school diploma.

    Bluestone said the study underscores that Massachusetts needs to spend more on vocational education. One vocational school advocacy group has said the state has not built a new, freestanding vocational and technical school in 30 years.

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