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ERIC Number: ED363737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-15
Pages: 11
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The Future of Unskilled Labor: Low Demand--Low Wage.
Horan, J. Michael
High school graduates who do not go on to higher education ("the forgotten half") can no longer expect to obtain steady employment at wages that can support a family. Their ability to compete for well-paying jobs is hampered by a lack of skilled training. In contrast, the labor market in the United States 50 years ago relied heavily on unskilled labor. Skilled workers are defined as those who are knowledgeable and competent in five areas: resources, interpersonal skills, information, systems, and technology. To prepare such workers, many changes are needed in the educational system. One change that could make a difference is tech prep, which combines high school and two-year technical college education. Tech prep is a true educational reform program gaining favor with many employers. Tech prep graduates often earn more than persons with four-year college degrees. This hands-on approach provides an opportunity for the "forgotten half" students; if it is more widely implemented, it will ensure a brighter future for many more young people. (Contains 12 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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