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Melinda Mechur Karp, a senior research associate with the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University, wishes more school districts recognized the importance of career and technical education.

She said concerns that school programs focusing on the workplace discourage students from graduating or pursuing post-secondary study generally don't bear out. Instead, students in these programs tend to do at least as well and sometimes better than those who are not.

Mechur Karp also cautioned that successful career education programs should include internship opportunities that last beyond a few days.

This article, written by Walter Stern, appeared in the May 22nd publication of The Savannah Morning News.

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