Mike Rowe, former host of the popular show “Dirty Jobs,” spoke before Congress earlier this year on the importance of closing the skills gap and expanding the workforce. In his testimony, he said:
“The skills gap will never close … and the cost of college will never come down, if we keep telling people a four-year degree is their only hope of being successful. We need an educational system that re-embraces and reaffirms the importance of the vocational arts.”
He’s right. After all, what’s the point of an education if you don’t obtain the knowledge and skills needed to get a job? An education system that is not addressing the critical shortage of skilled workers for both growing job markets and traditional industries is a system that is not working.
You can read the entire piece, originally published on The Hill, here.