Mike’s Bio – in Exactly 250 Words
Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman. His career began in 1984, when he faked his way into the Baltimore Opera to get his union card and meet girls. He auditioned for QVC and was hired after talking about a pencil for eight minutes. He worked the graveyard shift for three years during which he was fired three times.
After hundreds of part-time gigs, he pitched a three-hour special to the Discovery Channel called DIRTY JOBS. Over the next decade, Mike would become known as “the dirtiest man on TV,” traveling to all 50 states and performing 300 jobs.
Mike launched mikeroweWORKS in 2008 as a Trade Resource Center for people looking to explore skilled trade jobs and a grassroots PR Campaign for hard work challenging stigmas and stereotypes surrounding “alternative education,” Mike quickly became the most visible and vocal advocate for millions of available jobs requiring “hands-on” skill. He testified before both houses of Congress regarding the country’s widening skills gap, the emerging student loan crisis, and the ever-changing perceptions of a “good job.”
Since 2010, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has awarded educational, tool and other types of trade related scholarships that are now synonymous with “Work Ethic Scholarships.” Mike has partnered with companies and like-minded organizations to reinvigorate the skilled trades. Recently mikeroweWORKS teamed up with Caterpillar and launched profoundlydisconnected.com – a direct challenge to the marketing campaigns that are promoting four-year degrees at the expense of more affordable and more practical trade schools.