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Skilled Trades in Michigan – Students aren’t buying

Nearly everywhere he goes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks about well-paying, but unfilled, welding,Capture d’écran 2014-09-18 à 07.59.14carpentry, 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.

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