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Generation Z sets its sights on trade schools

The latest generation of Americans to reach college age increasingly is turning to trade schools to avoid education debt, according to

The job market currently is over-promising and underpaying, which has Generation Z—those born between the mid-1990s and 2010—weighing the benefits of blue-collar trades. Attending technical and vocational schools allows students to refine specific sets of skills that translate directly into jobs.

In-state tuition and fees at public four-year universities have increased at an average rate of more than 3% above inflation each year during the past decade. According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, in 2017, the average college graduate with education debt owed about $25,000.