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Perry Tech shows high school what they have to offer

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- With the job market still recovering, many students are deciding to go the trade school route. Today, Yakima's Perry Technical Institute gave high school students the opportunity to see what they have to offer.

Students said job placement is the most important thing to them right now, and with the job market struggling and many recent grads out of work, trade schools like Perry Tech continue to see a lot of interest.

Today's "Education Exploration Day" gave students the opportunity to take tours, talk to faculty, and get an idea of what Perry can offer them.

School President Christine Cote says only 25% of the jobs in the United States require a 4 year degree, and students get that. They say they want to be competitive in the job market once they finish school.

"I've heard a lot of good things about it and just how there's just great job placement coming out of here out of a 2 year program and wanted to come check it out," said Todd Peterson, a senior at Selah High School.

Perry Tech has an 80% job placement rate after graduation, something both students and parents can get behind.
Many parents said times are changing and kids don't need a 4 year degree to be successful, but an education that prepares them for a career is what's important.