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In Mexico, a rethinking of the skills taught at tech high schools

Jairo Abraham Avilés López graduated from a professional tech school in Chihuahua last year after a new specialization in aerospace was introduced to try and connect the needs of industry employers with the skills taught in public high schools. Mr. Avilés quickly landed a job as a technician in a factory that makes parts for Bombardier Aerospace. Source: Whitney Eulich

David Omar Chavira Pérez’s parents always encouraged him to finish school before deciding on his future. But, for a moment, he faltered.

Last year, he couldn’t see how his accounting degree from a public technical high school here would get him anywhere in the real world. The police force seemed like a more promising option – maybe, he thought, he should drop out of school and get on with his life.

It’s a common refrain among public school students in Mexico, where more than half drop out before finishing high school. One of the top reasons they cite for quitting school is an inability to see how their classroom learning applies to job opportunities, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

But changes to the curriculum at professional tech schools in the state of Chihuahua kept David in the

School and industry partnerships Flexibility moving forward is key 

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