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Vocational Courses Leave Girls Behind, Research Says

Researchers say female graduates are often excluded from career-and-technical education programs because of social stigmas and industry prejudices.

The Giddings State School is a high security juvenile correctional facility that houses, educates and vocationally trains male youths. The "Raised by the State" reunion Sept. 16, brought offenders who served at Giddings between 1990-2003 back to show appreciation to the staff that helped change their lives.

Vocational training, now typically referred to as career-and-technical education, or CTE, is a popular option for communities with access to well-paying manufacturing or similar blue-collar jobs. But while those programs have proven beneficial for male students, researchers say female graduates are often excluded from them because of social stigmas and industry prejudices. (The Atlantic)

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