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For today’s dropouts, fewer options

The Modern Welding School used to accept students who did not have a HS diploma or a GED, but since 2012, those students can't get federal aid anymore, and the school's accreditation company said they would have to offer intense counseling to those students if they accepted them. So they've stopped accepting them.
Student, Pete Allen practices braze welding with stick on a pipe similar to an exhust pipe on an automobile
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Modern Welding School used to accept students who did not have a HS diploma or a GED, but since 2012, those students can't get federal aid anymore, and the school's accreditation company said they would have to offer intense counseling to those students if they accepted them. So they've stopped accepting them. Student, Pete Allen practices braze welding with stick on a pipe similar to an exhust pipe on an automobile
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Not too long ago, those who dropped out of high school could get into training programs, learn a trade and make a good life for themselves. Dropouts could become welders and certified nursing assistants, making good wages, with just a state certificate. The state still does not require a high school diploma or GED to take exams for many vocational certificates. But the classes needed to pass those exams are becoming so difficult that many ...


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