With the way our economy has been, many high schoolers have been leaving school and heading straight for the work force. But now as things start to level out, many schools are hoping to grab those kids that are ready to work.
Breanna Rogge and Kylie Redenius have only known each other for a week now, but just by looking at them, it may seem like longer. Both are freshman at Southeast Tech and have similar stories about why they chose the school.
"I came on a campus tour and I really loved it. So I thought this was the place for me," Rogge said.
"The teachers, they have been in this situation, they know what they are doing and they are really hands on and can relate to what you are doing," Redenius said.
The reason STI says they stand out from other schools in the area is because of their focus on skills.
"We are skills-based. So that means we will be teaching you skills that you will use as soon as you get on the job," STI President Jeff Holcomb said.
These two freshmen know what they want to do after college, which is why a two-year college was perfect for them.
"I thought it was a lot cheaper than going to a four-year when you can get the exact same thing here," Rogge said.
That is exactly why enrollment at STI is on the rise.
"I think our two-year program is very attractive because you can spend less time in school and more time on the job," Holcomb said.
STI officially starts classes on Monday.