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The country works when the trades work

This year Beacon Industrial Services is donating to the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation on behalf of our customers. One of the great things they do is offer Work Ethic Scholarships. This year they planned to give away $1,000,000.00 in scholarships but have upped it to $1,500,000.00. They tout the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

Mike Rowe puts it best:

Over the last 30 years, America has convinced itself that the best path for the most people is an expensive, four-year degree. Pop culture has glorified the “corner office job” while unintentionally belittling the jobs that helped build the corner office. As a result, our society has devalued any other path to success and happiness. Community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs are labeled as “alternative.” Millions of well-intended parents and guidance counselors see apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for the brass ring: a four-year degree. The push for higher education has coincided with the removal of vocational arts from high schools nationwide. And the effects of this one-two punch have laid the foundation for a widening skills gap and massive student loan debt.

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