Everybody learns differently, and for some, traditional higher education opportunities may not be the right fit. I spoke to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the administration’s view on apprenticeships.
SECRETARY DEVOS: Well, an apprenticeship is a compensated opportunity to learn. It's not compensated at market rate generally, but you're a student and you're earning, I mean, you're learning at the same time that you're earning, but most apprenticeships will take a student through an education program that brings them out at the other end in a very well paying a well-defined job opportunity with opportunities to grow and expand beyond. This administration is really committed to advancing those opportunities across the board in some of the most unexpected places and in some of the more expected ways.
BORIS: In terms of apprenticeships, do you see those taking the place of some higher education or is it more supplemental? How do you see it working out long term?
SECRETARY DEVOS: I think apprenticeships have the prospect of taking the place of a lot of higher ed pursuits that if students can get exposed to some of these opportunities as early as middle school and know that they would like to, you know, pursue a career in banking, for example. There's no reason that we couldn't have apprenticeships that would prepare someone to be a great banker starting in an earn and learn opportunity in high school.
Here’s the bottom line: Apprenticeships are an exceptional alternative to higher education. With an expansion of these programs comes more opportunity for future generations to secure high paying jobs.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.