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Want to Close the Skills Gap? Restore Respect for Vocational Education

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 28, 2014

want_to_close_the_skills_gap250.jpgConsider: The amount of total student loan debt in the U.S. has grown by 150% since 2005 and now sits at an estimated $1.2 trillion.

Consider: Of the estimated 3 million jobs currently unfilled in the U.S., it’s estimated that about 12% require a college degree.

Is it any wonder that most of us know at least one young person—a niece, a daughter, a friend’s son, a neighbor’s son—who has graduated from college carrying a significant debt load and is unable to find the job for which they thought they were being prepared?

Straight-talking TV star Mike Rowe recently described the situation very well. “We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back for jobs that don’t exist.”

Meanwhile, many manufacturers we speak with say they struggle to find young people ready and willing to move into a wide range of job openings, from CNC programming and operations to welding.

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