Now, some may stop me and say that children need to know about technical school and that college is not for all, and this is so very true. But, that doesn't mean you don't talk about it.
I think taking walks on a college campus is important. Going to college events, such as basketball and football games is important. I think that wearing college gear for your favorite team is fun for a family. I think that we, as parents and teachers, must talk to our children about what we wanted to me be when grew up. We need to talk to them about what they do in college and how it works. Is Kindergarten to young---NO! :) If they are introduced at a young age, then this travels with them throughout their entire school career.
I think that visiting a technical school and speaking about the classes and certificate options they give is vital. However you can get your students and children to think about the future, in my opinion is important. I think this is a very great resource for if you are thinking about talking to your child about this: http://www.guilfordhri.org/its-never-too-early-to-talk-about-college-and-career-readiness/
Don't forget that children remember what we say and even more what we do. They want to model what we do, so if you are interested in going back for your masters, or starting a bachelors or certificate program, what a wonderful way to show them that you are setting goals and reaching for the stars. I tell my students that education is something that can never be taken from them!
How can you start this in your classroom? What about having a favorite team day? What about playing a fight song or adopting a mascot for your classroom? What about learning about the application process or helping families sign up for college if that is something they want to do. What about researching scholarships. You can always send home ideas and reminders to families too! :)
I challenge you to figure out a fun way to incorporate "COLLEGE/Technical" School activities and "talks" to your classroom environment. Think about the students that will never get to talk about this at home :)