Coffee and Conversation #134 – Possibilities with Praxis

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Do you ever wonder if college is really necessary anymore?

I don’t think it’s news to anyone over 30 that it’s certainly a different world today than it ever has been.

When I was in sight of graduation (back in the dark ages), and even when our two oldest kids were Junior and Seniors in high school (almost a decade ago), college was a “given.” Tech school was for kids who couldn’t “cut it” (I’m not trying to be mean, that’s just what the perspective was, at least for the people I knew), there was no such thing as a “gap year”, and even homeschooling was just…well, it was just not “done.”

Life – our culture and our society – is certainly different these days.

And in that light, I’ve recently discovered a new program that our family is considering as our two teens face graduation in the next two years. Praxis is a program that allows graduating high school seniors to fast-forward into a career by working in a paid apprenticeship program in lieu of enrolling in college. It’s a modern-day apprenticeship, enabling bright, practical-minded and forward-thinking young adults to get started in a career they’ll love!

Plus, let’s take a real look at some of the real issues with college, shall we? Ryan will both entertain and inform…

I think he makes quite a few valid points, don’t you?

Interested in learning more about the benefits of Praxis for your high school Senior?

Click here to read what I’ve discovered about it!

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Honestly, if you’ve ever launched a product, I’m sure you’ve faced some of these issues. I’m sure most of us struggle with these but since we feel like we’re the only ones going through them, we don’t share. But before I dive in, let me share a bit of my story as a blogger.

Background is always helpful when you’re talking about mistakes made in the journey.


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14 thoughts on “Coffee and Conversation #134 – Possibilities with Praxis”

  1. With our crowd, we’re looking at college in terms of what career the individual student is aiming for. Boy #1 wanted to be a welder, so he didn’t need 4 years, but 2 years helped him to start out strong. Boy #2 needs at least 4 years for the medical field he is pursuing. Boy #3 is looking at biggest brother and following that path. Who knows where #4 will want to land, but we’ve not made college the main thing, but rather a means to the desired end.


    1. LOVE that, Michele! What a great example of moving forward according to their strengths and interests! Wish we’d started homeschooling in that mindset, as I think our oldest was actually hampered a bit by college (except that he met his wife there, so it wasn’t all lost – lol).

      Thanks for sharing your experience – so encouraging!!


  2. Yes, college isn’t for everyone and tech schools can be such a great alternative. Thanks for providing the info on that. And thanks also for highlighting my post, Pat! It’s always great to linkup here!


    1. So happy to see you, Beth 🙂 Thanks for sharing here…I am really looking forward to following along with your series…
      Have an awesome week..and from one over-committed sister to another: breathe!!


  3. My one son went to trade school and the other got a degree. I really think they each wish they had done a trade. I personally have been very upset by the change in my oldest son being influenced by liberal college professors. I don’t recommend it at all.


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