Manufacturers seek skilled workers

Manufacturers are hiring — but they want skilled or trainable workers to run very expensive machines.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  When a sawmill in rural Maine laid off 200 workers, the nearby community college started job training classes in mid-seemster.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Skilled or manual labor isn’t a slam-dunk solution for those not having success in the college-track or the dumbed-down college-track in HS.
    Slackers don’t suddenly get the work ethic the summer after the HS drags them across the stage at graduation.
    Angry and personally unpleasant people don’t suddenly become good at selling themselves in an interview, or at selling their skills–mason, concrete contractor–to the public.
    People with no math don’t suddenly become able to calculate a bid for a job.
    A contractor who does some work for us is taking future work about four mohths out. If it’s a little thing, he might be able to get it if he’s passing by.
    He goes the extra mile–screwing and glueing the window frames not supposedly needing it–knows some interior decoration, good people person.

    Simply not being college track doesn’t mean good at something else.

    BTW. Got a relation about forty-four going back to school for his BA in order to qualify for promotion. Finds it easy at a CC. The HS kids don’t know they’re supposed to study. Their failings give him a free ride to the top of the curve. They get pretty mad at him for actually working and ruining the curve for themselves. It’s not all in the educational system.

  2. Some of the factory owners around here will actually pay for coursework if they can just find someone with a work ethic and the ability to pass a drug test. (Can’t have druggies on the shop floor–they’re a danger to themselves, the equipment, and others!)

    But how do you TEACH a work ethic?

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    You don’t, in public education. The consequences of failing are not allowed. Too much pressure for make-up opportunities.
    Or, as my daughter says about the students who don’t work in her classes and thus fail, “They don’t care, and neither do their parents.”
    I talked to a truant officer once about parents caring. You don’t need a HS degree to game the system, which is what they think their kids should be doing, she said.
    This was in CA, a high-welfare state.
    Thing is, there are few people who would starve if they were required to reach for the food but refused the effort.
    There are a good many more people who will not make the effort if the effort is not required.

  4. A work ethic used to be taught in public education, you didn’t work, you failed in school (I mean zeroes for doing no work turned in at all, unlike today where instructors can’t give grades lower than 50% in a quarter…

    A student who didn’t want to work 30 years ago in school was simply FLUNKED…

  5. Richard Aubrey says:

    Bill. You a fascist or something?

    My wife, recently retired from HS teaching, went to a PD during her last year which introduced a novel (!?) idea. The presenter discussed “the intentional non-learner”.
    We know they exist. I get the impression there may be a push for a category of that name. Perhaps their scores will not count on various assessment tests or something.