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On the campaign trail, presidential candidates have been talking a lot about the price of college. But does a four-year degree make sense for kids who might be better suited for a trade? DnA is looking at "Modern Trades" and the folks working in the high-skilled trades that will be part of America's future economy: electricians who will power our net-zero homes, ex-cons who are apprenticing to install solar panels, and sheet metal workers who have switched to become computer-savvy programmers of digital cutting machines. Are California's high schools and colleges adequately preparing students for these jobs?

Photo: An ironworker with Local 416 (Hector Cruz Sandoval)

More:
Modern Trades: How to Teach a Trade
Training Electricians to Power the Future

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Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

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