The unemployment rate in District 36 is higher than the Maryland average, thanks in part to an aging workforce and a lack of younger workers with vocational skills. This skills gap – the difference between the skills jobs require versus the skills workers have – hurts everyone. Let’s face it, college isn’t for everyone, and trades-skilled workers are vital to a strong economy. But high schools continue to make college prep a priority. Let’s give students the chance to find the right path for themselves by offering career and technology education and college prep.