Tuesday, August 01, 2017
The Vision Thing
I saw my task not as orating on truth and beauty -- nobody needs that at nine in the morning --- nor as getting into the weeds. Instead, I decided to focus on issues that often get lost in the daily rush of events, but that have significant impact over time. Judging by the feedback in the room, some of these topics are ripe for exploration.
I like the approach that Cabrillo College has taken recently, in response to state mandates to cut back on non-degree students. They now have a number of their most popular courses as "extension" classes: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/ These courses are not state-subsidized, I believe, but they are great community outreach. The summer classes for kids are also good outreach.
My take on the situation comes from knowing that many of those women over 25 are single and often have children (and a parent as a support network). A guy with a blue collar job is not supporting them. Yes, the guy might be incarcerated, but it is far more likely that he is just a jerk without much motivation. The women are motivated to support their child (or children) and go back to school to do that. Blue collar work doesn't pay much in this area, except for a few skilled trades that are taught at a local technical school. Anything else requires college, and that seems to be what attracts motivated young women.
Why do we think that increasing the number of folks qualified to do jobs that already don't pay middle class wages will improve the lives of those doing them? If I'm gonna settle for an existence where I can't possibly ever buy a house or have reliable healthcare, I may as well keep doing what I'm doing. The folks at the CC who are over 25 are either launching belatedly through CC to Bachelor's Degrees, getting nursing certs, or are desperately clawing their way up to where the average guy who's willing to be a roofer already is.
We've been hearing the "moar job training" victim-blaming mantra for the past 30 years. At some point, it's just silly to take it seriously.
شركة قمة الدقة للخدمات المنزلية
شركة امست للتنظيف
شركة امست للتنظيف بالدمام
شركة امست للتنظيف بالخبر
شركة امست للتنظيف بالقطيف
شركة امست للتنظيف بسيهات
شركة امست للحشرات
شركة امست لمكافحة الحشرات
شركة امست لمكافحة الحشرات بالدمام
شركة امست لمكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
شركة امست لمكافحة الحشرات بالقطيف
شركة امست لمكافحة الحشرات بسيهات
شركة تنظيف سجاد بالقطيف
شركة تنظيف واجهات حجروزجاج بالقطيف
Some times it takes people longer to realize that they actually want a better life, and that they're going to need to work to get it. Some people do want to spend their early 20's partying, working a dead-end job, and scraping together beer money for the weekend. At some point some of them decide they've had enough of that and try to figure out where to go next.
It's worth helping people, even if it takes them longer to figure out what they want to do.