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Pandemic pauses Michigan students pursuing trade careers

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 10:32:32-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Many Michigan college students’ futures are being delayed during the coronavirus pandemic. In-person classes stopped in the state due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

But educators say that for trade and skills careers, online learning efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 are difficult and can fall short as hands-on learning is paused and graduations are postponed.

It all comes at a time when the state has tried several approaches to entice students into trade careers as gaps in the workforce are expected through 2026.