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Too Many Brain Surgeons, Not Enough Machinists

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Author and expert in economic trends Joel Kotkin says too many people in Michigan go to four-year colleges and come out with a lot of debt and no marketable skills. What Michigan needs, he says, are more people with mid-level skills, not advanced degrees.

Check out the following online articles for more details:

http://michiganradio.org/post/too-many-brain-surgeons-not-enough-machinists

 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2011 17:22
 

Registered Apprenticeship Highlighted on CNN

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The following video includes an interview with American University Economics Professor and Urban Institute Fellow Bob Lerman on CNN's 'Education Overtime." In the accompanying article (below the video) Lerman highlights the advantages of Registered Apprenticeship and promotes its expansion as a viable education and training option.

 

Below is the transcript of the article and accompanying interview which American University Economics Professor and Urban Institue Fellow Bob Lerman gave on CNN's "Education Overtime" - a seven week series that focuses on the conversations surrounding education issues that affect students, teachers, parents and the community.

If not college, then what?

(CNN) -- At dinner tables throughout the United States, there are tough conversations about the exploding cost of college, the rough job market, the pain of debt.

For parents and students, it adds up to the same question: Is college worth it?

But American University economics Professor Robert Lerman is asking something different: If college isn't worth it, what else is out there?

Lerman, an Urban Institute fellow, has studied youth unemployment for decades, and thinks the United States ought to try an updated version of an old technique for education and employment: apprenticeships.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 February 2012 13:04
 

MSNBC: ‘Skills gap’ hurts employers, job seekers

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Even with millions of Americans out of work, the industrial giant Siemens is having so much trouble finding qualified workers that, for the first time, it's had to hire recruiters:

 

Mike Rowe Calls for National Campaign to Promote Skilled Jobs

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Mike Rowe of Mike Rowe Works and The Discovery Channel spoke to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C. on May 5th, 2011. He discussed the need to promote skilled trades as a desired job, rather than exclusively hyping jobs that requires a 4 year degree or more.

Check out the 8-1/2 minute video from YouTube:

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2011 13:27
 

Code Update Required For 2011 License Renewals

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By Dan O'Donnell, Chief
Electrical Division
Reprinted from Code Works! Fall 2010 newsletter from the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes

In order to renew a 2011 license for master electrician, journeyman electrician, and fire alarm specialty technician, an approved 15-hour code update course on the 2008 Michigan Electrical Code must be completed. Sign specialists are required to complete an approved 8-hour code update course.

Each instructor approved to teach the code update course is required to submit the original roster of course attendees to the Electrical Division. Since the rosters contain the names and license numbers of the course attendees, it is important the names and license numbers are legible, so the information can be transferred correctly to each licensee’s computer profile for use in renewing their license. If a profile does not indicate that the licensee has completed an approved code update course, the Bureau will be unable to issue a new license until the code update course is completed.

If the licensee has not already completed a 2008 code update course, it is important they do so as soon as possible in order to prevent a delay in the issuance of their 2011 license.

For a complete list of approved 2008 code update courses, visit the bureau’s website, click Divisions, click Electrical Division, and the courses are listed under Examinations and Licensing.

For questions regarding the code update process, contact the Electrical Division at (517) 241-9320.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:18
 


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Apprenticeship Trivia

The Apprenticeship form of training dates back at least four thousand years! The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1790 BC) includes a law stating "If an artisan has undertaken to rear a child and teaches him his craft, he [the child] can not be demanded back [by his birth parents]."