High school students hear again and again that a college education is essential. That is bad news for the student who is not academically inclined. To many people, college means Harvard, Boston University, M.I.T. or their like. Those who do not see themselves as university students might feel that they have lost out before they have a chance to compete.
It goes on after high school
Take heart! The liberal arts approach to education is not all there is. While it is best to plan for college if you are at all qualified, college is not for everyone. A better statement would be that every student must be committed to a continuation of education after graduation from high school.
Then come lessons for the world of work
Most high schools do not adequately prepare students for good jobs. Even top students have to go to college to acquire skills for future employment. It stands to reason that students with only average grades would also need education after high school. And sometime the curriculum is simply remedial to provide what you missed in high school.
If you take the technical institute route - beware
If you decide on a technical institute, be sure that the school is accredited and provides a certificate, an associate degree or a Bachelor of Science degree to establish that you have become qualified once you complete their course of study.
The later studies earn the rewards!