La. educators teach trades to reduce dropout rate; students learn welding, engine repair; Startribune.com, 11/11/2009, http://www.startribune.com/business/69576312.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU
A teacher at West Ouachita High School near West Monroe is teaching a class geared towards teaching students the skills necessary for jobs in technical trades. In an effort to decrease highschool dropout rates a Louisiana law was created to encourage “career diplomas” for students who opt for lower academic standards in math and English, while taking classes such as welding, woodworking and small engine repair. Dropouts rates have since declined.