Mike Rowe: Fighting for the Trades

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Mike Rowe has a Facebook series where he travels across the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities. Returning the Favor gives back to those who pay it forward with humor, heart and surprise. Because one good turn deserves another.

As you probably know by now, he also has a Foundation that promotes the trades, https://www.mikeroweworks.org/about/

“Our crumbling infrastructure, our widening skills gap, the disappearance of vocational education, and the stratospheric rise in college tuition—these are not problems,” Mike said. “These are symptoms of what we value. And right now, we have to reconnect the average American with the value of a skilled workforce. Only then, will the next generation aspire to do the work at hand.”

In 2008, Mike created the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to launch a national PR campaign for skilled labor…more like a one-man crusade.

At the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, we’re on a mission to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs. We’re redefining the definition of a good education and a good job, because we don’t think a four-year degree is the best path for the most people. We want people to understand the impact of skilled labor on their lives, and we’re convinced that the solution has to start with a new appreciation for hard work.