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Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

By Robert Reich
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.

It shouldn't be.

For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years if not decades to pay off.

And too many of them can't find good jobs when they graduate, in any event. So they have to settle for jobs that don't require four years of college. They end up overqualified for the work they do, and underwhelm . . .


Machining grad returns to NRCC – as a pro

Article from the Southwest Times
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

J.R. Sowers, a 2014 graduate of New River Community College, was back in the college’s machine shop recently, now as a professional.

Sowers, of Christiansburg, made his way to NRCC after high school and planned to study business, but a keen desire to work with his hands got the better of him and he switched to studying welding and machining.

With his newfound machining skills, he went on to a job as a machinist at Belding Tool and Machine in Christiansburg, where he worked for two years.

Now, Sowers works for the Jeffreys Division of the Phillips Corporation, installing . . .


Virtual Field Trip to IMTS - Free

"Technology Applied"
Thursday, August 14, 2014 1 comment

A Field Trip like no other

Developed by educators and manufacturing industry experts, “Technology Applied” is a virtual field trip that connects academic courses to development of important products. The interactive web broadcast from one of the largest Manufacturing trade shows, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 8th-13th in Chicago, will show students why math and science matters, and how the courses they take today can be applied in productive and rewarding future careers.

This 30 minute virtual field trip runs in three different episodes on . . .


Machining skilled workers, and filling a need

New Program at SCTI graduates 1st Class
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Most of us have heard the stories about a serious and seemingly intractable social problem: People need a job or a better job, while employers can't find people with the skills they need to hire.

It took a collaboration of local educational, business and government agencies to pull it off, but the Sarasota County Technical Institute has graduated 16 adult students from its first Precision Machining Education Program class.

And every graduate has a job or a job offer, officials say.

Shawn Rauch was a mechanic when he signed up for the class.

"After this short yea . . .


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