Do Federal Job Training Programs Discriminate against Dropouts?
Discriminate is an emotionally charged word. Would “avoid” be a better word? Federal job training programs avoid recruiting high school dropouts.
In my readings about high school dropouts and federal job training programs, I’ve learned that job programs may purposely avoid recruiting high school dropouts. Why would someone running a federal job training program in your town avoid recruiting a dropout? Because dropouts don’t do as well as high school graduates in job training programs. Dropouts degrade the success scores of anyone running a federal job training program.
Read Ezra Klein’s Article in the Washington Post
Ezra Klein’s article in the Washington Post is a depressing read if you are a high school dropout.
If you think federal job training programs should reach the poorest of Americans than you may find Ezra Klein’s article equally disturbing, and revealing.
Statistics, Federal Job Training Programs, and Dropouts
Do the math. Federal job training programs are judged on their success in applicants completing training, going on to new jobs, and holding those new jobs. Those are things you can measure.
The federal government through either law or regulation holds job training programs accountable. That’s good in a way because you don’t want the federal government to spend your money foolishly.
The people who administer federal job training programs in your town or city need to obey federal guidelines for running their program. The people who run local job training programs with federal money want to keep the money coming in, and keep their jobs. So local job training program administrators want to recruit people who will successfully finish job training, get a new job, and keep a new job.
Job training administrators want to keep their jobs, so they would rather not recruit high school dropouts. They prefer high school graduates or better. Tough world, but that’s what I learned today.
Avoiding GED Discrimination in Federal Job Training Programs
I’ve never seen this written anywhere, but here’s my advice.
If you are a high school dropout applying for a federal job training program in your town, your best chance of being accepted into the program is if all applicants are high school dropouts. If a job training program recruits only dropouts, you won’t be culled or eliminated from the program because you’re a dropout.
If you apply to a mixed applicant federal job training program that accepts both dropouts and high school graduates be aware that you may be rejected for unexplained reasons. One of those reasons might be that you are up against a high school graduate competing for the same applicant spot that you want.
If you are rejected from what I call a “mixed” applicant federal job training program, ask the administrator if a high school graduate was chosen instead of you. Ask the administrator if maintaining good success statistics requires rejecting a certain number of dropouts. The job training program administrator will not enjoy those questions, but high school dropouts are entitled (ethically, if not legally) to know if a federal job training program has rejected him/her because dropouts don’t contribute to good success statistics.