On September 28th, I toured the career and technology centers at Denver City High School in Denver City, TX. These state-of-the-art facilities focus on industrial arts and agriculture, and provide high school students with opportunities to learn real-world skills that could qualify them for jobs immediately out of high school. I was impressed to see the work that these students have done. Attending a vocational school, or participating in trade classes in high school, is an excellent way to further education.
Higher education in all its forms has become the cornerstone of the American dream, and should be supported and pursued. I fully support vocational schools, community colleges, trade schools and career colleges. They equip students with the tools they need to be successful in their line of work and, in many cases, go on to start their own companies. These small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and the federal government should focus on promoting their growth. I will continue to support legislation that makes it easier for students with trade skills to be successful in the future, whatever their endeavors may be.