Nearly everywhere he goes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks about well-paying, but unfilled, welding,carpentry, machining and other skilled-trades jobs, as well as technical occupations in health care.
Snyder has said Michigan and the country “messed up” by telling young people that the only path to a well-paying career is getting a four-year degree at a university.
But helping the state fill “middle-skill” positions through post-high school training or a community college degree is proving as vexing for the state’s 28 community colleges as it has been for the governor.
On top of declining enrollment, community colleges are finding it difficult to entice students to pursue a technical, manufacturing or vocational job, despite assurances that they will yield solid careers that could eventually pay up to $100,000.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Bridge • The Center for Michigan : Community colleges pushing skilled trades, but students aren’t buying.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that only 27 percent of jobs in the U.S. economy currently require a college degree. By comparison, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 47 percent of workers today have an associate degree or higher. The BLS projects that the proportion of jobs requiring a college degree will barely … Continue reading
Classes like wood shop or auto shop used to be called vocational classes. They were known as an academic dumping ground for students who weren’t succeeding in a regular classroom. But a lot has changed. In the rural mid-Michigan school district of Stockbridge, classes now offer a pathway to college, and a way to gain … Continue reading
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OECD | Vocational Education and Training : Strengths, Challenges and Recommendation: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China , Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (South Carolina and Texas)
The OECD publishes a series of summary sheets on education and training (VET) in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile (also in Spanish), China (also in Chinese) , Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (South Carolina and Texas). Each of them deals with strengths, challenges and advances recommendations. Australia … Continue reading