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Lack of vocational workers in Minn. starts in high school

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BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota companies are struggling to fill manufacturing jobs, and one big reason is likely the decline of technical trade courses in the state's high schools.

Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/11dIglz ) that the No Child Left Behind initiative caused schools to shift their resources toward core subject areas like math and reading. They cut shop classes like machining, welding and robotics.

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