Our Math Department Chair Jeremy Babel (@jeremybabel) shared a clip with me today from the House Committee on Natural Resources featuring Mike Rowe from "Dirty Jobs." Rowe testifies on the importance of encouraging students to go into the skilled trades. As it turns out, Rowe has a non profit foundation advocating for the trades, making it known that there is a profound need for students to work in these fields. Furthermore, mikeroweWORKS has given over $1.6 million in scholarships for students to study in the trades: http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/
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Rowe comes in at the 38:55 mark of the clip and then again at the :70 minute mark.
In a recent faculty meeting, I mentioned that our conception of schooling needs to be broadened, partly because trends in learning and the world of work demand it. At this meeting, I showed a video that echoes what Mike Rowe is saying, in that the 4-year degree is not the only option for students anymore. Two-year schools offering certificate programs and the trades are very worthwhile opportunities for some students, and we should be careful that students know about all of their options.
Success in the New Economy from Brian Y. Marsh on Vimeo.
In other words, there better not be any "Mr. Dunbars" floating around anymore. (Watch Mike Rowe's testimony and that reference will make sense.