Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel describes the benefits of skilled labor in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel recently argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that many young people with four-year liberal arts degrees "would have been better off with a two-year skilled-trade or technical education that provides the skills to secure a well-paying job." Whereas many four-year-degree holders are underemployed, companies like Pioneer Pipe in Washington County are having trouble finding qualified welders for jobs that pay six figures (See our Aug 27, 2013, blog post – "Marcellus Shale Coalition releases report detailing recruitment challenges for companies working in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays"). Mandel identified several efforts aimed at educating Ohio's current and future workforce about and preparing them for skilled labor opportunities, including Ariel Corp.'s $1 million donation to the Knox County Career Center; the creation of the Auglaize & Mercer County Business Education Alliance; and high school tours of Humtown Products in Columbiana County. For more, read the full op-ed.

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