A story worth sharing - middle-skill jobs and high school CTE

A story worth sharing - middle-skill jobs and high school CTE

Dear Colleagues:

As 2016 winds down, I'd like to share with you a story from the Baltimore Sun. It illustrates two principles: (1) middle-skill jobs exist and are needed in our economy and (2) a career pathway leading to occupations that pay a family-sustaining wage can begin in high school.

Two years ago, Hailey Brennan was like many American 14-year-olds: knowledgeable about her friends, her schoolwork and her favorite music, but clueless when it came to making the most basic repairs around the house.

"I didn't even know how to use a power tool," she says.

Today, the Dulaney High School junior is a skilled carpenter and electrician, a certified air-conditioning technician and a contractor-in-the-making who could find herself making $70,000 a year by the time she's 21 - all without having to attend college.

As always, I enjoy hearing from you - please email me at nrccte@nrccte.org.

I hope your 2017 exceeds your hopes and wishes.

Best,