One of our advisors from Rural Development Initiatives turned us on to this great article from The Hill. It’s important, timely, and sets up a new paradigm for thinking about vocational or career and technical education.

“It wasn’t so long ago that people with a high-school diploma, a good work ethic, and a strong body could build solid, middle-class careers in blue-collar jobs like manufacturing and construction. That’s no longer possible. As traditional blue-collar jobs dwindle, another promising category of jobs is growing: jobs that require a baseline of technical skills but not necessarily a four-year degree. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls them ‘new-collar’ jobs…” Read the original article