Students Receive a BIG Donation from HOLT CAT & Some Career Encouragement from Mike
Mike encourages Grand Prairie high school students to pursue technical careers.
“You hear a lot about blue collar and white collar. That’s a bunch of crap,” Rowe said Wednesday at an event at the high school. “Blue collar and white collar are two sides of the same coin.”
Mike was given a banner featuring the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge (skilled and work ethic aren’t taboo). Dubiski students designed the banner, and 1,500 students signed it.
Mike spoke as part of an event celebrating a $10,000 donation to Dubiski’s School of Transportation from Holt Cat.
Read more about the events of the day at Dallas News.
There’s no football team or cheerleaders at Dubiski Career High School. The responsibility of getting the students fired up fell to Peter John Holt, a great-great grandson of the founder of the heavy machinery company HOLT CAT.
“Don‘t let anybody tell you that being a diesel technician is anything less than being a professor or a historian. You are solving the nation’s crisis right now,” he said.
Without a gymnasium, students gathered in the school parking lot for the pep rally, as a highway hummed in the background. J.K. Baxter, a senior vice president at HOLT CAT, has open jobs that he wants filled by young people from Texas.
“It involves things like electronics, hydraulics, diesel engines, HVAC. We understand that this education is expensive—they don’t hand this out for free,” he said.
Baxter then handed out a giant check for $10,000 for more technical training at Dubiski, and said HOLT CAT will spend a million more in Texas high schools.
Drawing Young People Toward Careers in Trades
HOLT CAT is among the many corporations with a strong interest in making the trades more appealing to young people. Television personality Mike Rowe took up the challenge, and drove into the pep rally in a Caterpillar front loader. He told the kids they were preparing for great jobs.
Rowe has made a career of celebrating blue collar work on television.
Modern society’s obsession with sending every kid to college is misguided, he said. “Blue collar and white collar are two sides of the same coin, and as soon as we view one as more valuable than the other, we’ll have infrastructure that falls down, we’ll have a skills gap,” he said.
You can listen to the radio interview and read the article by Dianna Douglas at KERA NEWS – “In Grand Prairie, TV Star Mike Rowe Gets Students Cheering For Technical Training”