USA Today: Obama has a point on skilled trades

Last week, President Obama visited a gas engine facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin to underscore the importance of job training and apprenticeship programs in the country.  He emphasized that a college degree isn’t the only way to achieve a successful career in America.

Some of his remarks didn’t sit well in the education world.  USA Today reports:

President Obama set off a firestorm last week when, speaking to workers in Wisconsin, he said this:

A lot of parents, unfortunately, maybe when they saw a lot of manufacturing being offshored, told their kids you don’t want to go into the trades, you don’t want to go into manufacturing because you’ll lose your job. Well, the problem is that what happened — a lot of young people no longer see the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career. But I promise you, folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree. Now, nothing wrong with an art history degree — I love art history. (Laughter.) So I don’t want to get a bunch of emails from everybody. (Laughter.) I’m just saying you can make a really good living and have a great career without getting a four-year college education as long as you get the skills and the training that you need.

This made a lot of art history people angry, as he predicted. 

Read more at USA Today.

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