Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Badger Herald article discussing some of the barriers to technical education in Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin has a skill gap because of the decline in people enrolling in technical education,” Radomski said. The article reported that Wisconsin lawmakers are working to address this skill gap, and are “pushing for more technical education and career development.”
However, “[o]ver the past few decades, the importance of technical education has decreased for different reasons, ranging from technological developments to perceptions that technical institutions are not worthwhile,” Radomski said.
He noted that “public high schools began emphasizing degrees from four-year colleges rather than technical schools, creating an overall shortage of technically educated workers.”
"[E]mphasizing technical education could also help students attend higher education institutions," Radomski continued. "Some students don’t go to college because of bad grades in high school or lack of interest in staying in school for four years. For such students, attending technical college could be a better option."
Radomski also discussed how the state has prioritized technical education in recent years. “Gov. Scott Walker’s college affordability package emphasized technical education over other four-year institutions like those in the University of Wisconsin System. When the UW System faced a $250 million cut in the 2015-17 budget, technical institutions received more grants.”