“If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit” – Mike Rowe, TV Personality
Check out a previous post that deals with this topic.
President Jim Madder said if he could he would double the number of tradespeople the college puts out.
And while that would help the college with enrollment, it would also mean more opportunity for young people to get high-skilled, high-paying jobs.
The help with enrollment is the key here. Universities and colleges are big businesses and businesses need to make money. Lots of money because these businesses pay their employees very well. And I do mean VERY well indeed.
Almost all teachers (professors if you insist) at university and college are on the annual The Public Sector Salary Disclosure list.
Students are the primary source of income for these businesses so the flow of students entering the corporation of higher learning must not stop. The flow must increase if at all possible and that increased flow must pay.
Students are now graduating out of these corporations with diplomas and degrees that can’t get them a job. Not only no job to show for the years spent at university or college but the graduates also have a hefty student loan debt to deal with.
So…no job and a large debt. Sounds great to me.
My take on the article is that high school is producing illiterates with almost zero skills. maybe having this pre-apprenticeship program as part of the high school curriculum may be more appropriate.
Of course that does nothing to feed the business of higher education.
This Pre-Apprentyiship Program reminds me of the Law and Security Administration / Police Foundations – Program. Another waste of time and money.