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If You’ve Got the Skills,
She’s Got the Job

New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman

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Posted By:bemused conservative, 11/18/2012 12:05:43 PM

TRACI TAPANI is not your usual C.E.O. For the last 19 years, she and her sister have been co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, a sheet metal company they inherited from their father in Stacy, Minn. I met Tapani at a meeting convened by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to discuss one of its biggest challenges today: finding the skilled workers that employers need to run local businesses. I’ll let Tapani take it from here:

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Excellent article. Jobs are there, qualified employees aren´t. Sweden has good vocation education; America could also, but it requires federal, state, and private cooperation, planning, and funding. Combining high school and community college into a 5 or 6 year program for vocational education would be a good start.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bhkat, 11/18/2012 12:33:23 PM     (No. 9022112)

People in the US think that everyone should go to college. Just think though, as a doctor, if I charge $100 to see someone, Medicare only pays $32. It doesn´t matter if it was at 2am or 2pm. A plumber, gets paid what he or she charges, extra if it is after hours.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 11/18/2012 12:33:49 PM     (No. 9022116)

Uh-huh, sure they are.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 11/18/2012 12:44:32 PM     (No. 9022142)

If I read another one of those articles that show income differences between college grads and non-college grads, I´m going to scream.

I would like to know what the income diference is between welders, and the millions of kids who have absolutely no business going to college but are pushed there by HS administrators who want to make their schools look good on paper.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: enuf8, 11/18/2012 1:27:28 PM     (No. 9022225)

Being degreed in a certain field also does not mean the most intelligent of their field; i.e., a family member without a degree in engineering took a project which had been in limbo almost a year without progress from a group of engineers and was capable of solving the problem in a matter of a couple of months. A lot of common sense would have helped with those degrees. With another project the family member´s leadership, a problem solving program to possibly save multi-millions to billions for the company led to a patent application for intellectual property rights--naming the family member as a co-participant on the project for which they had given all credit to their team members but the team members recognized the leadership. Knowledge of work product co-mingled with common sense produced results in both incidents.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 11/18/2012 2:55:35 PM     (No. 9022347)

Vocation Education = blue collar and service sector jobs. Back in the mid 90s the brain trust of the USA had decreed that those are peasants job to be outsourced to some other third world hole so we will be a nation of high paying white collar desk jockeys (doctors, lawyers, engineers, managers, indian chiefs) and that was their roadmap to prosperity. I kid you not. Heard the whole thing on NPR while stuck in traffic during a drive home one night.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/19/2012 1:19:31 AM     (No. 9022998)

Part of the problem is tech schools tell these students they will make an unrealistic amount of money on day one. Another is they can´t read the blueprints.
They will work two weeks on one job and tell the next employer they have experience.

Somebody has to make the donuts.

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If You’ve Got the Skills,
She’s Got the Job
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Posted By: bemused conservative- 11/18/2012 12:05:43 PM     Post Reply
TRACI TAPANI is not your usual C.E.O. For the last 19 years, she and her sister have been co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, a sheet metal company they inherited from their father in Stacy, Minn. I met Tapani at a meeting convened by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to discuss one of its biggest challenges today: finding the skilled workers that employers need to run local businesses. I’ll let Tapani take it from here:



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