Sources agree

Let's bring back and support career and technical opportunities for Evanston Youth. 

 
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Chicago Tribune: Apprenticeship programs enjoy new life as a workplace solution

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Opportunity in July announced the launch of Apprenticeship Plus, a pilot program targeting 16- to 24-year-olds, funded by $1.5 million in federal Labor Department grants that will be spread across nine programs around the state. More than 300 youths will be trained in construction, health care, IT and manufacturing. 

The challenge for Illinois will be to "bring all those isolated pockets of promise together" to create a broad-based apprenticeship system able to grow large enough to meet individuals' and employers' needs, said Matt Bruce, executive director of the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance.

USA Today: IBM's Rometty: We need to fill 'new collar' jobs that employers demand

"This is not about white collar vs. blue collar jobs, but about the “new collar” jobs that employers in many industries demand, but which remain largely unfilled.New collar jobs may not require a traditional college degree. In fact, at a number of IBM’s locations spread across the United States, as many as one-third of employees don't have a four-year degree. What matters most is that these employees – with jobs such as cloud computing technicians and services delivery specialists – have relevant skills, often obtained through vocational training."

 

NYTimes:  Shortage of Auto Mechanics Has Dealerships Taking Action

"The shortfall of automotive technicians is not new, but as vehicles have grown more computerized and vocational programs have disappeared from high schools, the situation has become more urgent. No longer is the career path a matter of looking over the shoulder of a patient mentor. Advancing in the profession demands digital skills — a diagnostician who can solve puzzles without physical clues, like an engine bearing that knocks or an axle shaft that vibrates."

 
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Chicago Tribune: Nonprofit hopes to set up Chicago as Silicon Valley of food industry

"A new Chicago nonprofit hopes to establish the city's reputation as the Silicon Valley of the food and beverage industry by partnering with local businesses to address regional concerns. Though it's just getting started, the group intends to secure funding for a new food manufacturing institute to train workers, said Alan Reed, executive director for the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network."

 

Chicago Tribune: Boeing's retiring boomers underscore U.S. manufacturing plight

"...the planemaker is investing in education — from vocational training to programs at middle schools — to try to make manufacturing 'cool' to a generation that has never known shop class, Denney said. In the short term, Boeing is stepping up training and mentoring programs within its factories, she said."

 
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Forbes: Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

"Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenches learning a craft such as woodwork or maybe metal work, or any one of the hands-on projects that characterized the once-ubiquitous shop class."

 
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WSJ: Clinton Should Listen to Kaine on Vocational Schools

"Before he was Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine introduced a bill this spring that would provide more funding for career and technical education. A high-school diploma should not only prepare students for college, he said, but also for 'getting a high-skilled job after graduation.'"

 
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NYTimes: Straight From High School to a Career

"CANDIDATES from both parties have been talking a lot about the loss of American jobs, declining wages and the skyrocketing cost of college. But missing from the debate is the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of “middle skill” jobs in the United States that are — or soon will be — going unfilled because of a dearth of qualified workers." 

 
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EMSI: The Associate’s Degree Payoff: Community College Grads Can Get High-Paying Jobs, and Here Are Some Examples

"For some students, the decision to enroll at a community college is simple. A two-year school offers the credential they need at a much lower cost than a university, and the earnings post-degree are on par with — or better than — what they would make after going to a four-year school."