DelawareOnline reports that Delaware’s voc-tech schools are bucking the stereotype that voc-tech is just a dumping ground for low-achieving students. There is now a renewed focus on core academic subjects such as English, laboratory science, and math. Delaware’s voc-tech system is integrating academic and work-related education in the effort of not only preparing students for the workforce, but also for college. Dianne Sole, superintendent of the Polytechnic School District says: “All of our students at Polytech are in a college-prep curriculum.” She adds: “If a student comes in and has not met the standards in math, we will double-dose that student with two classes of math. We say we use time as a variable and learning as a constant.” Traditionally, students took core classes at their home high school, and then traveled to technical schools for their career courses. This meant that a lot of time was being wasted on travel. In addition, teachers had little, if any communication with each other, which helped blur the line of relevance between what students learned earlier in the day to what they need to learn for their careers. Delaware’s plan helps alleviate some of these systemic problems…