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National Review: Stop ‘Cherry-Picking’ One Form of Education

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by ERICKA ANDERSEN Why ‘the world is full of very happy septic-tank cleaners and miserable investment bankers.’ Mike Rowe was headed to the airport after filming an episode of Dirty Jobs when he saw a crew of roofers atop a church on an “impossibly” hot day in Pasadena. In a split second, he decided to…


Prager U: Don’t Follow Your Passion

Prager U Mike Rowe

I’ve always liked Dennis Prager. Back in LA, driving from audition to audition, his was the only voice of reason I could find on the AM dial. So I was flattered when he invited me to give this years commencement address for Prager University. It’s a five minute speech around the dangers of following your…


Parade Magazine: Guest Post “Skilled Help Wanted and Needed”

Mike Rowe - Michael Segal Photo Moog

Guest post by Mike Rowe, host of TV’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It and the founder of mikeroweWORKS, a campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades.  The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is astonishing. Currently, 5.6 million jobs are vacant. At a time when millions of capable people are unemployed, millions of good jobs…


The Skills Gap is Real – I Told You So

mike rowe - help wanted work ethic

When I’m right, I try not to gloat. I try not to say, “I told you so.” I try not to leap upon my high horse and point to a set of facts are slowly becoming harder and harder to dispute. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s difficult, and sometimes it’s just impossible. So – if…


Young Tradesmen Tells Educator “I Don’t See Your Way of Educating Succeeding”

Devon Ramsey

Devon Ramsey’s story punctuates the message mikeroweWORKS has been saying for almost 7 years. The skilled trades are not only a positive and possibly lucrative career choice, unfortunately it is also STILL being negated by schools who still think a four-year college is the only way for young people to succeed. The City Wire Story…


New Michigan Skilled Trades Initiative

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI — Mike Rowe made dirty jobs look cool. Can he do the same for the tool and die industry? The state today at the Mackinac Policy Conference announced a partnership with Rowe and his foundation, mikeroweWORKS, to produce videos that show students skilled trades are sustainable, good career paths. Rowe’s videos, targeted…