Graduates arent finding enough job here

Jul 2, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Charleston Gazette

Of the 115,730 students who graduated from a public university in West Virginia in the past 10 years, nearly 52 percent of them weren't working in the state in 2011, according to a study published by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the BBER.

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We like to import ! Or let's trick kids into higher education and send our blue color jobs overseas and cause them tremendous debt ! Funny thing is I ask a oil field employer why he brings in so many guys instead of local! He replied no one here works as hard or as long as these out of state crews! I believe him . Nor can they pass the initial drug test. offered 25 an hr to put up silt fence around slurry ponds and clean up crews all need is dl and transportation outside Parkersburg .
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Jul 2, 2013
 
Sorry got off subject I don't care about these college student not finding work here ! There is plenty just might not be what your planned out life wants , might have to get hands dirty!
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Chesapeake, VA

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Jul 2, 2013
 
I guess in Fisherville the isn't much to do other than milk cows and shovel horse and cow manure. Now who with a college degree would want to do that for a living?
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Jul 2, 2013
 
Easy slick its my name and I don't know of a fishersville ! I was saying 25 an hr is better than sitting at home with a degree or leaving this beautiful state!
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Waynesboro, VA

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Jul 2, 2013
 
Got you ! I live in clarksburg but my netlos phone gives a different location!
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Hurricane, WV

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Jul 2, 2013
 
well nothing here hell move i mean there smart cant thay figure that out'if your a nurse then you will find work'thats all thats here nurse's
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Jul 2, 2013
 
There are plenty of ppl here looking for employees . It's the grass is greener theory to me! Let them all move from here so I can buy up more land!

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Clarksburg, WV

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Your comment reminds me of something I read long ago...
Mike Rowe who does the Dirty Jobs show and who also has the MikeRoweWorks website said this an address to congress:

Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions. There are 450,000 openings in trades, transportation and utilities. The Skills Gap is real, and it’s getting wider. In Alabama, a third of all skilled tradesmen are over 55. They’re retiring fast, and no one is there to replace them.

Alabama’s not alone. A few months ago in Atlanta I ran into Tom Vilsack, our Secretary of Agriculture . Tom told me about a governor who was unable to move forward on the construction of a power plant. The reason was telling. It wasn’t a lack of funds. It wasn’t a lack of support. It was a lack of qualified welders.

In general, we’re surprised that high unemployment can exist at the same time as a skilled labor shortage. We shouldn’t be. We’ve pretty much guaranteed it.

In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of “higher education” to such a lofty perch, that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled “alternative.” Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of “shovel ready” jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.
In a hundred different ways, we have slowly marginalized an entire category of critical professions, reshaping our expectations of a “good job” into something that no longer looks like work. A few years from now, an hour with a good plumber – if you can find one – is going to cost more than an hour with a good psychiatrist. At which point we’ll all be in need of both.

While I'm not a big fan of celebrity, he does make a good point... Blue color work has become over the years seen as for lack of a better word "disgraceful" or some how you didn't try hard enough in life to do better.

College, while I am not discrediting as completely useless but absolutely overpriced, has taught everybody they can be a chief and not an indian.
There's nothing wrong with manual/skilled labor, it's those people who build nations.
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Jul 3, 2013
 
I'm a 29 year old carpenter , I have been working in this field for over 9 years . Maybe twice we've have had someone younger than myself, usually doesn't last . I agree the vocation programs need to be stronger because we all know everyone's not white collar material! I own my own house 2 newer vehicles and send two kids to a private school ! The money's there sometimes you just gotta get your hands dirty ! The vocations should have a job placement maybe that would help! I have tried more than once to work with our local technical program . I received two kids one male one female both worked out well but, eventually left for studies and union benefits. I knew at an early age college wouldn't be beneficial to me and I don't want the debt! Thanks for your insight on the last post!

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