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Old 10-07-2020, 04:04 AM   #1
xoxoxoBruce
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Trade Schools

I was talking(email) with a guy in MA telling him my buddy can't find enough plumbers and I heard electricians are also in short supply. I told him these plumbers are making over $100,000 with very little overtime, which is better than a zillion dollar student debt that can't even be escaped with bankruptcy, and a $45,000 a year job. But they've shut down the trade schools and pushed everyone toward collage whether they're suited or not.

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We have the same problem.
The damn teachers program the kids to think vocational training is for losers.
I am Chairman of the board for the vocational advisory.
I see it first hand.

I didn't go to college, no college debt,. i make +100k/yr.
Started out as a tool maker. became a designer, a General Manager, and now I design and build automation.
Not bad for a dirt poor single Mom environment that grew up in the ghetto living on powdered milk and ketchup sandwiches .
There was no "White privilege" in my history except white boxes of generic mac-n-cheese when Mom had an extra dollar to splurge

I do what I can to encourage success...
There was a 19 year old kid that worked here about 6 years ago. .
He was a "press Operator" ,.. a minimal wage grunt.
He looked depressed one day.
I approached him to inquire about his obvious discontent.
He said he will never have a good life because he didn't go to college.
He told me about being raised by a single mom and had to start working at McDonalds right after high school.
I asked him about his interests.
He told me a list of things,.. but 2 stood out,.. welding and scuba diving.
I told him about a desperate need for underwater welders.
We did a little research and found a school that specifies in that field in Florida.
He was able to get a full scholarship from a sponsor looking for help.
He went thru 4 months of training.
When he was certified,. he started his job the next day.
He makes 1000/day,, works 3-4 days a week.
I made a flyer to let his fellow workers know what he has become (Pic Attached).
I posted it in the break room.
He came back a year later to thank me for giving him a new life.
I told him "You gave yourself the new life, I just presented an option to get there".

There is so much good in our next generation,..
We can't let teachers keep pounding their narrative, perspectives, and opinions into these kids."
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