The fixation on college degrees is endemic among conservatives, for all that they claim to not be like those wacky liberals on the matter. This is especially true among homeschoolers, who are just as wedded to the SWPL-liberal notion of college as crucial to financial success as any Tiger Mama. But promoting apprenticeships and certifications is a way to sidestep the entire college cargo cult and provide economic opportunity for even not-bright men to save up and build a life and support a family.
At present in America, about the only groups promoting apprenticeships or certifications successfully are a few old-line heavy trades unions (who remain white-ethnic to a degree that is astonishing in modern America) and a few highly abstract professions like actuaries and accountants. The key is to have either or both of apprenticeships and certifications be directly relevant to the industry work in question. IT failed to do this, so those certifications lost value over time and are now not as reliable or useful to acquire.
Conservatives, then, need to look at developing useful apprenticeships and certifications on a formalized scale for other industries and then hiring based on those. Will there be disparate impact and legal issues? Honestly, probably not. Disparate impact is determined by what kinds of jobs the mandarin class wants to keep open for their own mostly white adult children.
This is one way to sidestep the college treadmill but still employ the men (and widows, for that matter) so they can support families and offers a robust approach that can last for generations to come.