Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
Make no mistake, a college education is a great thing and if that's what you want, then go for it.
But attending a vocational school and learning a trade shouldn't be looked at as some sort of failure. Instead, it should be encouraged because as Mike Rowe pointed out in front of Congress, this country has a 9 percent unemployment rate yet there are hundreds of thousands of jobs out there going unfilled simply because there aren't enough skilled laborers to fill them.
If you want to make a good living but college isn't in the cards, consider a "dirty" job.