Trade school becoming plan A for Generation Z

March 15, 2019

Young Americans are trying to avoid education debt, so they are turning to trade school, according to vice.com.

Generation Z—born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s—are turning to trade schools to avoid racking up large amounts of student debt associated with college.

The job market is over-promising and underpaying, which has young Americans weighing the benefits of blue-collar trades. Refining a specific set of skills that will translate directly into jobs is becoming the more appealing option.

In-state tuition and fees at public four-year universities have increased at an average rate of more than 3 percent above inflation each year in the past decade. Resulting in the average graduate waking away with almost $40,000 in debt.

The pressure to attend a four-year college remains so strong in American society, many high-paying jobs in the trades are sitting empty, reports NPR.