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USA High School Graduates Qualifications

Dr. Amal Khashab's picture
Expert Independent Consultant ,Electric Power Systems Engineering, Free lancer

Summary Full Academic Qualification by obtaining B.Sc. (1971), M.Sc. (1980) and Ph.D. (1991) of Electric Power Engineering. Active continuous education by participating in long periods of...

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In a post on HR& Recruitment Group entitled " 30 highest-paying jobs in Las Vegas for high school graduates" , I went through all job descriptions , found that large numbers need experience such as power plants operation and electricity distribution as well as water and waste water treatment plants. My question is : Do high school provide these experience along syllabus? Are they classified as technical, commercial and general high schools?

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It has been my experience that todays "technical" high schools tend to be more IT-focused and, like many standard high schools, are full of what would be termed "STEM" classes. My sense is that you're looking more for curriculums focused on the trades, and those (wood, shop, metal shop, drafting, auto hobby shop, etc...) are sadly lacking. Students used to be able to take the basic skills and knowledge they learned in classes that in my day (early-to-mid 70's) were called "Industrial Arts" and apply them to a multitude of hands-on, well paying jobs in many different spaces - including the ones you mentioned. High school "career counselors" were less focused on putting kids in colleges, and more focused on putting kids in a position to succeed to the best of their abilities. Industrial Arts tracks have been cut in many school districts for a number of reasons - expense, risk mitigation, a perception of teaching "low-class" skills, etc.. They fail to realize that they're doing a disservice to a group of kids who have no college aspirations, but would love to learn how to build or fix something - and would get paid a good wage to do it. The courses you're looking for, if they exist in an area, are being taught at the community college level. Those institutions have the funding and wherewithal to do it. Unfortunately, a lot of the kids who need the education can't afford it (in time or in money) at that point. They are out trying to make a living with what they have to go on.    

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Jul 26, 2021

Hi Brian

Thanks a lot for sharing your deep experience.

I am affraid that teaching based upon IT , is nothing but open eyes wide and see.

You cannot manage a power plant by watching displays and screens only.

Sometimes you need first line repair to correct an error. One has to attain hands on experience.

May be I am not correct , but 50 years ago we had been encouraged to attain some technical skills

to help ourselves by working hand in hand with technical staff. This helped getting sense of time value

in O&M works planning .

Thank you again for your valuable thoughts.

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