On Sunday, December 1, 2013, The New York Times featured an article about the desperate need in the U.S. for workers with technical expertise. It is such a problem that German automobile manufacturers in the U.S. are partnering with schools in their communities to develop training programs and apprenticeships. The article noted that in Germany the students in these programs are young, but here in the U.S. the trainees are in their 20s.
In the Cincinnati area there are two public technical colleges: Gateway Community and Technical College in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Ohio. Technical programs address any number of interests including: robotics, chemistry, computer technology, nursing, occupational and physical therapy assistance, and technology in the medical office, operating room and entertainment industry. These technical schools have relationships with 4-year colleges so that a student can earn an Associate Degree at the technical school and then transfer their credits toward a Bachelor Degree at a 4-year school, if they wish.
As your student is searching for post high school educational opportunities, it would be worthwhile to investigate these options. Today, about 50 percent of students entering college are beginning in 2-year programs. So many students with learning challenges, whether due to executive function deficits or a Specific Learning Disability, fail to earn a 4-year degree. They are then left with college loans and no career!