Out of High School, Into Real Life. 

The secondary school rec center whirled with blue-and-white graduation outfits and sparkling dreams. A few seniors had won college grants. Others were depending on springboarding from junior college to a four-year degree. 

In any case, for a decent number of the 18-year-olds here and at graduations the nation over, there was no brilliant ticket to advanced education. This was it for educators and books: a hard-won confirmation, a handshake from the key, a walk offstage and into genuine living. 

Almost all make this count very much aware that in a quick evolving economy, school is the surest shot at a superior paying occupation. 

Somewhere in the range of 30 percent of the current year's three million graduating seniors won't go straight to school, a number that is ticking up as an enhancing economy attracts more graduates specifically to work. They go to Walmarts and to welding shops, eateries, salons, healing centers and development locales, to begin professions on the harder side of the immense monetary and social separation that is differentiated by a higher education. 

Some essentially do not have the cash for school. Some need to help their families or need to set something aside for a first loft. Some simply need to construct things with their hands. 

What's more, some are so careful about venturing into the red that they pick rather to work to set something aside for school at some point not far off. In any case, it is a hard street at $10 60 minutes — and one that teachers say time after time closes in their school dreams gradually blurring. 

Some — generally young men, analysts say — will get lucrative employments as welders, circuit repairmen, handymen or aerating and cooling specialists. In any case, the quantity of higher-talented occupations achievable with a secondary school certificate is dissolving over the long haul, supplanted by low-gifted work, in spite of President Trump's guarantees to champion hands on specialists. 

This graduation season, The New York Times went to schools in rustic Idaho, a mechanical city in Indiana and California's rural Inland Empire to chat with seniors and their folks about their arrangements, expectations and dreams — and their choices not to proceed with their instruction.