We have reached an era in society and our culture where many people are graduating from college with degrees that will not get them hired in their fields of study. Meanwhile, they they’re often at least $100,000 in debt because they’ve been told they “have” to go to college. In the meantime, there are thousands and thousands of skilled jobs available to people but nobody is prepared for those jobs. Because they’ve been conditioned to think those jobs are not worthy of taking.

So Jay and Neal are talking to Mike Rowe about his passion for people to learn skilled trades and to make just as good a living (or better) than the people with liberal arts degrees. They also discussed the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Mike’s podcast, “The Way I Heard It.”

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Members have made 6 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Dave Sussman Contributor

    Forget about getting under the hood, our kids don’t even know how to drive stick.

    Mike Rowe and John Ratzenberger are on the same mission. Ratzenberger states the average mechanics age is late 50’s. Who fixes the things when that generation retires?

    Nancy DeVos: Bring back shop class stat!

    • #1
    • December 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm
  2. Profile photo of mezzrow Member

    A gimlet, eh? Hmmm…

    I haven’t thought about a gimlet since the Ford administration. I need to stock a bottle of Rose’s lime juice.

    Charlie Parker – alto; John Coltrane – tenor. Sorry, had to do it. Great show.

    • #2
    • December 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm
  3. Profile photo of OmegaPaladin Coolidge

    Shop class is just useful in general. I am a complete geek, and I liked shop class. I learned how to patch drywall, made a clock, and generally got familiar with the gear.

    One of my favorite classes in chemistry was scientific glassblowing. Fascinating skill.

    • #3
    • December 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm
  4. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    The architect with muddy boots idea resonated with me. When I was a grad student, my advisor thought it was important for students to learn about the various trades that went into lab equipment. I did much of my own machining (lathe, drill press, and end mill); learned to blow glass, sweat copper pipe, solder circuit boards, leak-check vacuum systems. I wonder if graduate students have similar experiences these days.

    • #4
    • December 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  5. Profile photo of Pete EE Member

    The 5th Estate is not yet accessible through “Pocket Casts”.

    • #5
    • December 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm
  6. Profile photo of Jay Caruso Contributor

    Pete EE:The 5th Estate is not yet accessible through “Pocket Casts”.

    View comment in context.

    Pete, I did a search and I found it and was able to subscribe. 

    • #6
    • December 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm