What is our next step in filling the skilled worker gaps in the United States. Without debate about the for-profit schools who had thousands of students in the middle of studying for entry level positions in the skilled labor market we need answers for 2019. As each one of these schools have disappeared their student hopes and dreams have dissipated. Some schools had little or any teach-out capability because the lack of funds after trying to keep their institution alive. The leaders of the demise of the trade schools prided themselves on what they had done for the tax payers but failed to give any recourse with the effects to the community and employers and students.
One pronounced benefit to the student was that their federal loans could be forgiven. What did that mean in the long run. They could not transfer their credits to another institution. They would have to start all over again. New student loans all over again. If they didn’t take the forgiveness on the loan they could attempt to transfer their credits to another institution. Some congressional leaders had placed such a black eye on for-profit schools transfer of credits were next to impossible. Future longterm efforts will be needed to restore this lack of workforce in the United States.
There is a difference in traditional and non-traditional education. The trade experiences focus on the cognitive, tactile, auditory and visual aspects of education to perform finished projects and goals. What we are hearing across America is no secret. Our trade school students are not graduating fast enough or at all to fill the gaps. Who was thinking about this when we put thousands of potential graduates on the streets with their teachers?
2019, needs to be the challenge to you the tax payers and employers to ask your congressman and senators on how we get out of the shortage that has been created. Where are the electricians, plumbers, heating and air conditioning, information technology, carpenters, automotive technicians, allied health, welders, culinary, robotics, and many more will come from in the future.
If you might think this is not a huge problem all you need to do is ask people in the professions who are employers and ask them if there is not a great shortage. Those who had criticized the career schools should have asked the employers where they hired their employees from in the skilled worker categories. These were motivated student graduates who were ready to start at an entry level and work up the ladder.
America has a bigger job of rebuilding rather than destroying options for these students.
I have added some interesting journal articles who relate to this serious shortage.