Trump Is Right to Tout Apprenticeships Over College

Trump Is Right to Tout Apprenticeships Over College
Ilene Olson/The Powell Tribune via AP

This week, President Trump is expected to make the expansion of apprenticeship programs the centerpiece of his administration's labor policy. The president will visit a technical school in Wisconsin on Tuesday and give a policy speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday that will flesh out his proposal. But, please, hold “The Apprentice” jokes, if you can.

The apprentice model, in which younger workers gain specialized skills by learning directly from veterans in a given trade through hands-on experience, has a long and venerable history in America—not just on Trump's erstwhile reality TV show—and it's one that we need now more than ever.

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