“We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back, to educate them for jobs that no longer exist. We have become ‘profoundly disconnected’.” – Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs”)
PHOENIX, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
MRW/TWS Scholarship Program
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Tulsa Welding School are pleased to announce the creation of the MRW/TWS Scholarship Program for high school seniors. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation (MRW) and Tulsa Welding School (TWS) have partnered to offer scholarships at TWS’s campuses in Tulsa, OK and Jacksonville, FL. A total of 49 full-tuition paid scholarships will be offered, with a collective value of approximately $800,000, across its campuses in Tulsa, OK, Jacksonville, FL and its sister school, The Refrigeration School (RSI) in Phoenix, AZ.
Mary Kelly, CEO of TWS said, “Our country was built by skilled trades’ workers. Unfortunately, there has been a push in the last two decades to steer our children into four-year college programs, regardless of their own individual skills sets. The result is that we have a huge shortage of skilled trades’ workers and are scrambling to fill all these open positions. These scholarships will help us encourage those students who have the ability and the work ethic to succeed in fields of study like Welding, Pipefitting and Shipfitting.” Read More...
Chad Pregracke has made it his life’s work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Since 1998, about 70,000 volunteers have helped Pregracke and his nonprofit Living Lands & Waters remove more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 22 rivers across the country.
Chad Pregracke is one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013. You can vote for him to be CNN Hero of the Year. Chad and his organization could receive $250,000 to continue their extraordinary work. Read More...
America’s tradesmen: they build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing, and so much more. They are the backbone of our functioning nation — and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition according to IRWIN® Tools and we agree! IRWIN® Tools invites the nation to celebrate National Tradesmen Day, on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. This day will focus the nation’s attention on “The Hands that Build America” and will include celebrations, recognition events and activities throughout the country. Read More...
Stephen Shelton wants his son to inherit his masonry company staffed with skilled craftsmen. To guarantee that happens, he started a school.
Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) — Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, talks about the impact of rising mortgage rates on the U.S. housing market. Sales of newly built homes declined 13.4 percent to a 394,000 annualized pace, the weakest since October, Commerce Department reported from Washington. (Source: Bloomberg)
“It’s a real challenge to find really good skilled guys who aren’t 50 years or older,” said Shelton, owner of Shelton Masonry & Contracting and founder of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh. The nonprofit provides 10 weeks of brick-laying training to participants, focusing on people with troubled pasts. It’s placed 42 people into full-time jobs since 2008, including five at Shelton’s company.
“If you’re willing to give it a shot, I’m willing to give you a shot,” Shelton, 52, said.
While fulfilling what he said is a desire to provide a chance to those who might struggle to find jobs, Shelton is also helping to solve an industry challenge. A shortage of skilled construction workers has been reported by builders in markets including Seattle and Phoenix as homebuilding regains momentum. The situation could grow worse with an aging workforce and lagging immigrant labor, said Brian Turmail, spokesman for Associated General Contractors of America.
Read the complete article and more from Bloomberg.com – HERE
For every person nominated, Viva® will donate $5 to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation — up to $150,000. Read More...
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By Johnathan Rothwell
June 10, 2013
Workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields play a direct role in driving economic growth. Yet, because of how the STEM economy has been defined, policymakers have mainly focused on supporting workers with at least a bachelor’s (BA) degree, overlooking a strong potential workforce of those with less than a BA. A new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program presents a new and more rigorous way to define STEM occupations, and in doing so presents a new portrait of the STEM economy. Read More...