Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Seeing the Light on Factory Hires and Careers

It's an interesting article on the whole, but this couple of grafs jumps out:

...“Years ago you had apprenticeships, companies that would bring you on and train you,” said Andrew Beere, human resources manager at Pioneer Products, 1917 S. Memorial Drive. “And we have kind of gone back to that. If they have some experience, we’re willing to train.”...

 ...Richard Meeusen, chairman, president and CEO of Racine Federated’s parent company, Badger Meter. “We have presidents and leaders who say every child should have the opportunity to go to college.

“Unfortunately, it sends the message to parents that if they don’t send their kids to college, they’re failing.”

“Now we’re saying, ‘Where are our electricians, auto mechanics, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) workers and CNC (computer numeric control) operators?’” Meeusen said.

He added, “We’ve ripped out all the shop classes and replace them with calculus.”

I've mentioned to a few friends that the next bubble to burst will be Big College.  First, because the ROI is oftentimes negative--or barely positive.  Second, because in many cases it's clear that edyumakayshun did nothing for the chilluns' ability to read, write, and reason.  Finally, because the trades are paying more and more as the pool diminishes (see 'first', above.)

HT:  Vox

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