Skilled Trade Programs Booming, Data Show

While U.S. college enrollment at four-year and two-year institutions has declined since peaking in 2010, trade programs — think certificate and short-term credentials — have seen double-digit increases in participation, according to data.

LinkedIn recently shared insights from experts who encourage educators to consider more ways to collaborate with local employers, including through apprenticeships. Businesses, meanwhile, are encouraged to work more closely with education partners at every level, and to do so long before students near graduation. 4/25/2026