More Students Are Turning Away From College and Toward Apprenticeships

Date: 2023-03-16T09:30:00Z


By Douglas Belkin | Photographs by Valerie Plesch for The Wall Street Journal

Last spring Dina Sosa Cruz sat with her parents and sister in the family‚Äôs living room and reviewed her options: a full academic ride to the University of the District of Columbia, or an apprenticeship in the insurance industry. 

The college route meant at the end of four years the 22-year-old would have a degree, a little debt and no work experience. The apprenticeship would leave her with a two-year degree, money in the bank and training in a profession that appealed to her.