Seventy-four percent of students at a high school in Dalton, Ga., are taking career, technical and agricultural courses. However, the program is not the kind of vocational education most people picture -- there is no auto shop, and programs are aligned with industry certifications. The changes were part of a move to rework the school's curriculum several years ago, and so far, the changes seem to be paying off, with the school's graduation rate up to 92% from 56% over the past decade.

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