In 2016-2017 Burnsville High School launched a radically redesigned curriculum to try to plug Minnesota’s job skills gap.
The suburban school south of the Twin Cities now funnels students into career pathways instead of a general academic regimen.
Burnsville has become a national model for states like Minnesota that face a disconnect between available employment and the training needed to fill them. Yet even as well-paying posts in manufacturing and trades go begging, the American dream of a bachelor of arts or sciences dies so hard that politicians and public officials find themselves in a culture war as they push workforce legislation and policies.
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