“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...
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South Coast Today
By SIMÓN RIOS
July 29, 2013
New Bedford native on skills trade crusade
NEW BEDFORD — Jennifer Brady appreciates the comforts of modern life — smooth streets, air conditioning and piping hot water running through her faucets. But she warns that if the country doesn’t set its priorities straight and foster a new generation of skilled workers, those comforts could be scarce in the decades ahead.
“We need to constantly promote the trades and let kids know that they do have other options after high school other than college,” she said.
Brady is calling attention to what she describes as a massive skills gap in the American economy, hundreds of thousands of job vacancies in the context of 7.6 percent unemployment.
She thinks that this stems in large part from mistaken thinking on the part of American pedagogy.
“Unfortunately as a teen I was told that the smart kids go to college and the not-so-smart kids will go take a trade and become a plumber, electrician, carpenter,” she said. Read More...
Alaska SkillsUSA Student Wins a mikeroweWORKS Foundation Scholarship
June 17, 2013 – Alexis Wells, 16, of Anchorage, a student at East High School and an Alaska gold medalist in Culinary Arts was the recipient of a mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarship to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-28. Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s popular series Dirty Jobs, created the foundation in 2008 to, in his words, “give something back and challenge the prevailing definition of a ‘good job.’ For decades, we have put a premium on a four-year degree, and told an entire generation that trade schools and skilled labor are alternatives to higher education.
Georgia Teamworks and mikeroweWORKS Competitor Scholarship Recipient Wins Gold at SkillsUSA Nationals
KANSAS CITY, MO – Last week, a young, four-man team from Adairsville High School beat out 24 other teams from around the country to win the National SkillsUSA TeamWorks competition and make Georgia very proud.
Using carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical skills learned in their construction lab at Adairsville High School, the team of Barry Arrington II, Dyland Jones – (mrW Foundation Scholarship Winner) , Rodney West, Christian Metroka, built a small “man cave.”
Two groups who are particularly proud of the Team’s accomplishment are Atlanta-based General Contractor Holder Construction Company and CEFGA – the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia.