The public policy blog of the American Enterprise Institute

Subscribe to the blog

Discussion: (7 comments)

  1. SeattleSam

    It’s ironic. 50 years ago Dunwoody was where you went if you had few prospects. Today it might be a very attractive alternative considering the relative costs and prospects of a degree from a four-year college.

  2. Rubbish. If businesses were really suffering for a supposed lack of qualified employees, they would swiftly and efficiently implement training programs to rectify the problem.

    1. Walt Greenway

      Businesses are getting out of the training business as a core function and partnering with community/career colleges using federal and state jobs training money. Most of these colleges have advisory committees made up of local business leaders and/or a corporate services division to make sure the training is meeting the employers current and future employment needs. There are lots of good paying jobs out there in the trades and service industry (heating and cooling, diesel and gas vehicle repair, welding, machining, plumbing, electrical . . .)

      1. Actually make sure that the programs include an associates degree, at the CCs and you will meet the objective of being a college grad as well. If this includes extra math (at least thru college algebra) and beter reading and writing skills, it will help in whatever career one undertakes. As time goes by the skills required increase but since long term that has to be met with self study, then the right training in how to teach yourself will be a great service.

      2. Businesses are getting out of the training business as a core function…

        Well of course they are. Why would anyone spend their own money on training if they can get others to pay for it.

  3. Harvard’s “Pathways to Prosperity” report addresses many of the problems the US currently faces in workforce preparedness mentioned in this article. (pdf) – .

    This training problem needs a lot of collaboration between parents, educators, industry and government. One key is to strengthen CTE & STEM in K-12. In the CC area the state MEP programs are doing a great job collaborating with industry. As others have mentioned parents need to see the CC system as an equal and strong option for their children’s career & job training. Higher Ed can always be pursued either directly after CC with transferred credits or through education programs offered by their employers

  4. “In October 2011, The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte released a report that highlighted a very serious skills gap facing U.S. manufacturers.”

    Obama helped create all these jobs that americans are to proud to accept, we know the people south of the border will happily fill these job openings.

Comments are closed.

Sort By:

Refine Content:


Additional Keywords:

Refine Results

or to save searches.

Refine Content