We need more medium skill jobs that don’t require college degrees.
a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. As the United States struggles with how to match good jobs to the two-thirds of adults who do not have a four-year college degree, his experience shows how a worker’s skills can be emphasized over traditional hiring filters like college degrees, work history and personal references. And elevating skills over pedigree creates new pathways to employment and tailored training and a gateway to the middle class.
A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree https://nyti.ms/2tj8E36
I didn’t know that Hillary got it. So much of the Democratic Party is so concerned with political correctness that they can’t admit the truth.
Not everyone is meant for college. Everyone deserves the chance to go, but we can’t work towards an eeconomy in which that’s the only path to success.
Not everyone is capable of earning a degree. Not everyone has what it takes to participate in the Knowledge Economy. We need jobs that provide a good living for those who work with their hands, and those who provide services.
Educationalists don’t see this need. They don’t value vocational educations.
In our conversation, Hillary Clinton spoke of the limits of an “educationalist” mind-set, which she called a “peculiar form of élitism.” Educationalists, she noted, say they “want to lift everybody up”—they “don’t want to tell anybody that they can’t go as high as their ambition will take them.” The problem was that “we’re going to have a lot of jobs in this economy” that require blue-collar skills, not B.A.s. “We need to do something that is really important, and this is to just go right after the denigration of jobs and skills that are not college-connected.” A four-year degree isn’t for everyone, she said; vocational education should be brought back to high schools.
This Nano Degree sounds like a great alternative to community college and traditional vocational schools. Only the ultra libs will need to brand it as an alternative to a 4 year degree. Not everyone is meant to, or capable of completing college, nor does everyone need to.
What gets lost in conversations like these is that if everyone went to college there would still be income disparity. Stats show that college equals more money, but they miss the fact that no one needs cleaners, drivers, waiters, fast food workers, and tons of other job holders with bachelors degrees.
This country needs people to fill those jobs and those jobs need to provide a liveable wage, but that doesn’t mean we have to push everyone toward a 4 year degree. A one year degree will do quite well for many disciplines and it will be an excellent path upward for many capable folks. Many of the jobs listed above would benefit greatly from one year degrees, not to help people out of them into a corporate career track, but to make them better at what they do, capable of earning more in the same positions.
NYTimes: A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job