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...becoming a welder or an electrician.

You got that right!

My eldest nephew dropped out of college in pursuit of an electrical engineer degree due to the size of loans he would have to take out (he paid his first year from savings and parent's help), and so decided to work for a couple of years to earn enough to return and pay as he went. His parents, both skilled tradesmen/woman, helped get him into a job as an electrical assistant with a large electrical company. 15 years later he'd worked through the electrician's apprentice ship, tested for and became a journeyman and in 2016, qualified to earn the title Master Electrician. His salary this year will be >$200K as an electrical supervisor....and no student loans. He told me he could have the pick of jobs, most with large signing bonuses, as there are so many vacancies due to retirements.

Compare this to the parallel student who took out loans to a small private liberal arts college where she got a degree in 13th century interpretive dance and now teaches dance at the YMCA for minimum wage and no benefits....along with $50k in student loans.

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