Where the jobs (and pay) will be

Where will the jobs (and middle-class wages) will be in the next few years for people without four-year college degrees? Retiring baby boomers will open up manufacturing jobs for male high school graduates. Women will need a certificate or associate degree — preferably in a health-care field — to have a shot at earning at least $35,000 a year.

Also on Community College Spotlight: To provide realistic training in restaurant work, a college culinary arts program has opened its own bistro.

Cappuccino costs Chicago schools $67,000

Chicago Public Schools bureaucrats spent $67,000 to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines that schools never requested or used, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General. Three machines are in use, though not in culinary arts programs; one has vanished.  The rest never came out of the boxes.

. . . central office administrators split the order among 21 vocational schools to avoid competitive bidding required for purchases over $10,000. As a result CPS paid about $12,000 too much, according to Inspector General James Sullivan. “We were able to find the same machines cheaper online,” he said.

“We also look at it as a waste of money because the schools didn’t even know they were getting the equipment, schools didn’t know how to use the machines and weren’t prepared to implement them into the curriculum,” Sullivan said.

Several employees have been fired for the cappuccino caper.