In today’s workplace, companies don’t expect new workers to know the intricacies of their procedures and equipment. They’ll train them in those. But they do need those new hires to have more than a modicum of education in advanced technical practices so the companies don’t start from square one in that training.
The more advanced the workers, the more quickly they can be brought up to speed.
So where does that leave high school students preparing for manufacturing, health care and other technical careers? They can’t get hired after graduation without experience, but they can’t get experience without a position with a local company.