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Schools should revive vocational training

I could not agree more with the three points made in a July 4 letter about the need for vocational training.

When I attended junior high school in the early ’50s this was the way things were done. Memories fade, but at some point, I believe in grade eight, your parents sat down with your counselor and discussed your future. Is he college material, are his grades good enough, do you have the means to send him to college? Those were only some of the questions asked. In my situation, I had the brains but not the interest or means, so I was switched onto a vocational track of electrical, wood and plumbing shops, along with the appropriate academic load to support them. Unfortunately, due to family concerns, I had to leave school early and find employment.

So, I joined the Air Force and served for 25 years as a C130 Loadmaster, traveling the world. During this period, my vocational training served me well, giving me a leg up in the technical world of the military.

After retiring in ’77, with these skills plus Air Force training, I was able to embark on a 25-year career in international marketing which, again, took me to the four corners of the earth.

I am now comfortably retired and still able to carry out the aforementioned shop skills, thereby not having to hire plumbers, carpenters and electricians for minor jobs around the house. During these many years, I kept in touch with most members of my class, of which the majority have had successful careers, and, of course, others ended up in jail.

Anthony Street

Amherst