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Friday, August 9, 2013

Huffington Post Blogger Writes "Maybe You Should Have Gone to Trade School"

A blog posted on the Huffington Post Business page this week addresses a topic we often discuss here at PMA - the value and relative benefits of trade school.

HuffPo Blogger Rachel Ryan notes that college enrollment numbers are decreasing, but registers little surprise.  Why not, she questions, when today's economy has rendered a full 40 percent of college diploma holders unemployed.

Ryan points to a society so inundated with bachelor's degrees that the same entry level jobs for which that degree once sufficed now require a master's.  And to what end?, she wonders.  For an unpaid internship?  For a chance to work for free or virtually free in "white collar office buildings"?

Ryan then suggests another way.  She challenges the singular significance Americans have ascribed to four year colleges.  Offering an alternative, she references the skills gap in our very own manufacturing sector, suggesting that students seek the education required to attain these high-skill, highly compensated jobs.

Thanks to this stellar Huffington Post blogger for highlighting a road that is unfortunately all too often not taken and showing it as one that really could make all the difference.

Read Ryan's full post here.

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