High school students are faced with the tough decision of whether to attend trade school, giving them a high chance of getting a job straight out of school, or attending a four year college program which comes with a high cost. Experts suggest that it’s valuable to get a mix of both practical experience, as well as “soft skills” such as written communication, from either a college degree or another organization outside of school.

Jesse Johnson, franchisee of two Indianapolis Metal Supermarkets stores donates metal to some schools in the area so students in career programs or shop classes can get experience that could help them land a job. Johnson said he’s noticed more students are beginning to think about trade careers as an alternative to a traditional university education; but even for those students who have opted to attend college, many of them still want to get some hands-on training because it’s good practical knowledge to have.

“I don’t know if it’s due to parents or older siblings, but when I go into schools, kids seem to be a lot more conscious of what college is gonna cost,” – Jesse Johnson, Metal Supermarkets Indianapolis (East) and Indianapolis (West) franchisee.

Read the full Indianapolis Recorder article.

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