The perception that a traditional four-year college degree is the only pathway to success has been challenged by a vocational apprenticeship program experiencing massive success.

It has a wildly successful graduation rate and its alumni earn nearly $100,000 a year annually five years upon completion, according to a study reporting on the program’s effectiveness.

Called FAME, or the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, the program pairs employers with community college students for on-the-job training.

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