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4 high school students talk mental health and how the pandemic changed them

More than 2 in 5 teens have reported persistently feeling sad or hopeless, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of high school students. Many who were already struggling with trauma or mental health problems before the pandemic were deeply affected by the prolonged isolation.

May 14, 2022 | NPR
Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming

Since the pandemic began, more than a million students have held off from going to college, opting to work instead. Two-year public schools have been among the hardest hit — they're down about three-quarters of a million students. Skilled-trades programs are the exception.

March 28, 2022 | NPR
Skilled trade programs are booming after college enrollment dropped in the pandemic

College enrollment dropped during the pandemic. But programs in the skilled trades are booming. Elissa Nadworny visits two community colleges where students learn to build houses and fix cars.

March 20, 2022 | NPR
High school students find employers and colleges are trying to recruit them

As higher education and industry in Wisconsin try to adapt to pandemic challenges, the traditional pipeline leading students from high school directly to college is being refined.

March 9, 2022 | NPR
Teachers thought 2021 would be better. Instead, some say it's their toughest year yet

Between COVID cases climbing because of the omicron variant and behavioral issues in the classroom, some teachers are ready to quit while others are breaking down in school bathrooms amid overwhelming pressure.

December 23, 2021 | NPR
Extra learning time is helping these students catch up from COVID interruptions

Districts all over the country are playing catchup to keep students supported after COVID-19 interruptions.

December 21, 2021 | NPR
You don't need a bachelor's degree to land a high-paying job

A new study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce finds a growing number of people without a bachelor's degree are now out-earning those with one. The study found that in the years 2017 through 2019, on average, 16% of high school graduates, 23% of workers with some college and 28% of associate degree holders earned more money than half of all workers with a bachelor's degree.

October 7, 2021 | NPR
Finding Your Way To A (High-Paying) Trade Job

Figuring out what to do with your life is a challenge for anyone. Students are often told to get their bachelor's degree and find their passion and they'll eventually be rewarded by landing their dream job. For most people, it's not that simple.

April 26, 2021 | NPR
High School Seniors Ask, 'What Will College Look Like Next Fall?'

Ayiana Davis Polen at Spelman College in Atlanta and Adam Ahmad at the University of California, Berkeley share their freshmen experiences during COVID-19.

April 1, 2021 | NPR
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