New Catholic Trade School Model Emerges

Feb 8, 2024, 1:11 PM

(From Inside Higher Ed) Amid declining enrollments in established Catholic colleges, a handful of Catholic postsecondary institutions are emerging and experimenting with new models cater to students seeking faith-based, practical education. For example, Santiago Trade School in California and Harmel Academy in Michigan offer vocational education within a Catholic tradition. College of St. Joseph the Worker in Ohio integrates apprenticeships with a bachelor's in Catholic studies. These new institutions have the advantage of being hyperspecialized, coming at a time when many students are questioning the worth of traditional higher education. They also provide an alternative for religious students wary of perceived biases amid campus cultural conflicts.

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