Blue-collar jobs should get more respect, Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs show, said last week as he launched the “I Make America” campaign for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. We need to “reignite a fundamental relationship with dirt, work, and the business of making things, as opposed to the business of buying them,” Rowe said on Yeas & Nays.
He said one of reasons this is occurring is because community colleges and vocational education have taken the backseat to four-year college degrees.
“It’s not happening because people hate community colleges, it’s not happening because people hate the trades, it’s happening because we’re promoting a very specific kind of education at the expense of the others,” he said.
Manufacturing jobs are making a modest comeback, reports KKTV in southern Colorado. “According to the Institute for Supply and Management, there has been a 1.6 percent gain in manufacturing jobs, that’s about twice the pace of growth in other industries.”