Sunday, January 04, 2009

Okay, so I just can't shut up here these past few days. At least it feels like that, but I came across something interesting and I'm gonna share it, so pay attention!

Mike Rowe is the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. He's set up a new website that is calling on people to get back into the idea of WORK as a good thing, not something to be avoided. He says that the country's infrastructure is crumbling, enrollment in trade schools is declining, and there are jobs that need to be done to keep this country running, but no one is interested in doing them because they are blue collar jobs and not glamorous. And he would definitely know about jobs that are necessary- like plumbers and sewer workers and road builders and electricians and waste management workers, the list goes on and on. (And jobs that are disgusting enough to get on his show- roadkill remover or horse insemination? Anybody?)

Anyway, I just think it's really great that he's setting up a forum for this kind of conversation. The website is still under construction, but there are a few videos up. Watch "Here's the Plan" to get a feel for what he's talking about, as he definitely says it better than I ever could (it is his website after all). He's using his fame to get people to pay attention to a problem. He's a role model to high school age people so he'll have a lot of influence on career paths that aren't necessarily in the vein of "GO TO COLLEGE!" Check it out. Pass it on. It will be interesting to see where this website goes.

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