One in six Delaware high school students attends a vocational-technical school. The kids get a full slate of academic courses but also learn trades and professions such as plumbing, masonry, cosmetology, culinary arts, video production, and crime-scene investigation.
Dozens of those students were honored recently with a share of about $800,000 in apprenticeships and scholarships. Others won awards for leadership and skills.
One winner was Aiyana Branch, a senior at Hodgson Vocational Technical High who wants to cut hair for a living and someday own a hair salon. She’s already working at a shop but plans to attend Delaware Technical Community College to learn the business skills needed to be an entrepreneur.
Already her skills are turning heads, though. Branch won first place in a demo in the annual contest run by nonprofit Delaware Skills USA, which works in concert with the Department of Education to promote vocational-technical education.
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