Tricks of the Trade

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A recent study published by the Brookings Institute shows that 20% of all American jobs are now in the STEM field, and only about half of those positions require a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Those so-called “blue-collar” jobs are in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and utility service fields. Often, going into a field that is hands-on is not only more rewarding and enjoyable, but is also more cost effective than the traditional four-year college degree. PHENOM pushes for affordable higher education.

Eversource Energy partners with Bunker Hill Community College to get students on a path to a career in the electrical and gas trades. Bikes Not Bombs has young people spurring social change while learning bike mechanics. And YouthBuildgets young people updating and upgrading homes in their own communities through construction work.

Plus, with a small number of vocational high schools in Massachusetts, the wait lists are long. Why? Alicia Sasser-Modestino of Northeastern University and Madison Park High School Executive Kevin McCaskill discuss.

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