In regard to the new veterinary program at Upper Cape Tech, it sounds like a great opportunity for those who are able to get in and that makes me worry.
My understanding is that admission has become very selective. What do programs like this and the competitive nature of the school do for the more traditional vocational shops?
Are these academically superior students who get in over those who want vocational training creating less of a demand for what were the traditional shops like carpentry, electrical, auto mechanics/body, marine services and the like?
Masonry is already gone and there isn’t a welding shop for high school students anywhere on Cape Cod, despite the demand. Are other shops going to be removed due to the change in the academic ability of the students? Will this program be replacing an already existing program?
Is the goal to turn our vocational schools into I guess what is called STEM schools? Are they turning into springboards to college acceptance instead of avenues for those who want a career path that doesn’t involve post-secondary education?
When I was in high school the vocational school was a place you would go if you didn’t plan on going to college. It’s where you went to learn a trade. Now the word “vocational” isn’t even part of the school’s official name anymore, and Upper Cape isn’t alone in that change.
Gregory M. French