In the United States, high school students are often told they need a four-year college degree to get a good job. That can mean racking up a lot of debt.
But in Germany, students can choose a paid apprenticeship. Now, Michigan officials hope to import the system here.
The apprentice system in Germany is extensive. You can become a land surveyor, a bank clerk, a robotics technician... so it's not hard to find someone who's done it.
When Sophie Stepke was 16, she was a typical teen. She had no idea what she wanted to do for a living.
She could have postponed a decision by staying in high school. Instead,
I went for an apprenticeship as a professional land surveyor. So for three years, I worked with an employer, I went to school, and I basically became a professional land surveyor. So I was staying out there building streets and building houses and all that kind of stuff.