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Any education after high school should count as postsecondary education

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I just spent a lot of time researching and learning about the latest trends in higher education.

It was for our Oct. 18 edition of the Business Journal, which dedicates half of the content to just that topic. How are junior-level executives growing their skill sets? What is a MOOC, and what does it mean to you when you start seeing it listed under the "education" section of applicants' resumes?

And then, as I was trolling through this week's House meetings schedule, I came across two bills on second consideration Tuesday, both sponsored by Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York County: House Bill 1425, which would add language to the cosmetology law to recognize cosmetology schools as institutions of postsecondary education; and H.B. 1426, which would do the same in the barbers' license law.

Why does this designation matter? Because it would ensure that students studying these areas would be eligible for federal student loans.

Hurrah, Rep. Gillespie. Traditional college is not for everyone, and students learning these trades deserve just as much respect and opportunity as those studying accounting, business administration, theater or English. In fact, many of those who learn these trades will go on to become small-business owners — which benefits all of us in so many ways.

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli is the managing editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at amy@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @amygulli. Circle Amy Gulli on .

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