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Trump Apprenticeship Task Force Sheds No New Light on High School Experience

By Catherine Gewertz — May 29, 2018 1 min read

President Donald Trump’s task force on apprenticeship has issued its final report, but it makes no mention of how apprenticeship opportunities would be made available in every high school, even though the president said that’s what he wanted.

The task force’s charge was to recommend ways to create a new channel for approval of what Trump calls “earn as you learn” programs. In the new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship programs, employers would partner with third-party training organizations to develop the programs and have them certified by overseers such as industry associations.

Despite Trump’s call for apprenticeships in “every high school in America,” the phrase “high school” appears only seven times in the final report—all in an introductory section that recaps the past and current landscape of apprenticeship.

A version of this article appeared in the May 30, 2018 edition of Education Week as Trump Apprenticeship Task Force Sheds No New Light on High School Experience

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