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Don't Miss MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference May 21-23

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MEATA 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference

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"Passing the Skills Torch Forward!"

May 21–23, 2014
at the
Motor City Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
and the

UAW-Ford Technical Training Center
25500 Outer Drive
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

(Click Here for directions from the Motor City Casino Hotel to the UAW-Ford Technical Training Center)

MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference is jam-packed with informative and useful sessions focused on the theme of "Passing the Skills Torch Forward!". Dean Guido, Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Conference sessions will focus on “what's moving in apprenticeship” at UAW, Operating Engineers and MDOT; apprentice readiness; connecting K-12 to apprenticeships; innovative Detroit-based programs; urban strategies for apprenticeship; translating Veteran's military training and experience to apprenticeships; and lots more! Check out the complete conference agenda for details on all the sessions.

Activities associated with the conference include:

  • Wed. evening (May 21) People Mover networking tour of Downtown Detroit with stops at the GM Renaissance Center, Cobo Hall and Greektown
  • A tour of the UAW-Ford Technical Training Center (on Thurs., May 22)
  • Dinner at the Motor City Casino (on Thurs., May 22)
  • Traditional Gift Exchange (during dinner on Thurs.)...bring a gift that represents your company, organization, community, etc.

Cost for attending the conference, including meals and beverages, is just $175 per person. For K-12 educators, we offer a special rate of just $100!

Register for the Conference Online or contact Phil Crockett via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone at 248-232-4196 to reserve your seat(s) for this must-attend event!

MEATA has arranged for discounted lodging at the Motor City Casino Hotel at rates of $97 to $99 per night, including FREE parking. This special rate is only guaranteed for rooms booked by May 7th. You can Book Your Room(s) Online or call the hotel toll-free at 866-782-9622 and let them know you're with the MEATA Conference. We're told that room fill up quickly at the hotel, so please book your room(s) at your earliest opportunity!

Another enhancement to this year's conference is an option for vendor booths! If you offer products and/or services of direct interest to MEATA members and you'd like more info on the opportunity to have a display at the conference, please contact Janene Erne by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone at 248-232-4394.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:48

WSJ Op Ed Calls for Reinvigoration of "Shop Class" Education Offerings

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An April 24 opinion column written by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel calls for a reinvestment and focus on career and technical education. The article is titled "Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class" and subtitled "Taking pride in learning to make and build things can begin in high school. Plenty of jobs await."

Mr. Mandel states:

Too many young people have four-year liberal-arts degrees, are thousands of dollars in debt and find themselves serving coffee at  Starbucks or working part-time at the mall. Many of them would have been better off with a two-year skilled-trade or technical education that provides the skills to secure a well-paying job.

Visit The Wall Street Journal website to read the complete article. (Subscription may be required.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:55

Mike Rowe Interview

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"If we are lending money that ostensibly we don't have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don't exist, I might suggest that we've gone around the bend a little bit," says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs.

"There is a real disconnect in the way that we educate vis-a-vis the opportunities that are available. You have - right now - about 3 million jobs that can't be filled," he says, talking about openings in traditional trades ranging from construction to welding to plumbing. "Jobs that typically parents' don't sit down with their kids and say, 'Look, if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.'"

Rowe, who once sang for the Baltimore Opera and worked as an on-air pitchman for QVC, worries that traditional K-12 education demonizes blue-collar fields that pay well and are begging for workers while insisting that everyone get a college degree. He stresses that he's "got nothing against college" but believes it's a huge mistake to push everyone in the same direction regardless of interest or ability. Between Mike Rowe Foundation and Profoundly Disconnected, a venture between Rowe and the heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Rowe is hoping both to help people find new careers and publicize what he calls "the diploma dilemma."

Rowe recently sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss his bad experience with a high school guidance counselor (3:20), why he provides scholarships based on work ethic (6:57), the problem with taxpayer-supported college loans (8:40), why America demonizes dirty jobs (11:32), the happiest day of his life (13:14), why following your passion is terrible advice (17:05), why it's so hard to hire good people (21:04), the hidden cost of regulatory compliance (23:16), the problem with Obama's promise to create shovel ready jobs (33:05), efficiency versus effectiveness (34:17), and life after Dirty Jobs (38:24).

You can check out the entire 41-minute-long interview here: Visit for full text, links, and downloadable versions of the video.


Moneynews: College Degree No Longer the Solution to Good Jobs

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Moneynews article: College Degree No Longer the Solution to Good Jobs

Thursday, January 23, 2014 06:54 AM

By: Neal Asbury

More than 40 percent of recent U.S. college graduates are unemployed, underemployed or need more training to get on a career track, according to a poll released last year by global management consulting firm Accenture.

The online survey of 1,050 workers who finished school in the previous two years and 1,010 who received their degree in 2013 also found that many graduates, some heavily in debt because of the cost of their education, say they are in jobs that do not require a college degree. In fact, just 53 percent of the graduates found full-time jobs in their field of study.

[Check out the rest of the article at Moneynews.]


NYT Article Highlights German-model Apprenticeship in SC

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Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany

GREER, S.C. — For Joerg Klisch, hiring the first 60 workers to build heavy engines at his company’s new factory in South Carolina was easy. Finding the next 60 was not so simple.

“It seemed like we had sucked up everybody who knew about diesel engines,” said Mr. Klisch, vice president for North American operations of Tognum America. “It wasn’t working as we had planned.”

So Mr. Klisch did what he would have done back home in Germany: He set out to train them himself. Working with five local high schools and a career center in Aiken County, S.C. — and a curriculum nearly identical to the one at the company’s headquarters in Friedrichshafen — Tognum now has nine juniors and seniors enrolled in its apprenticeship program.

Inspired by a partnership between schools and industry that is seen as a key to Germany’s advanced industrial capability and relatively low unemployment rate, projects like the one at Tognum are practically unheard-of in the United States.

But experts in government and academia, along with those inside companies like BMW, which has its only American factory in South Carolina, say apprenticeships are a desperately needed option for younger workers who want decent-paying jobs, or increasingly, any job at all. And without more programs like the one at Tognum, they maintain, the nascent recovery in American manufacturing will run out of steam for lack of qualified workers.

For the rest of the article at the New York TImes website, click here.

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MEATA 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference
Begin: 05-21-2014, 15:00
End: 05-23-2014, 12:00
Location: Motor City Casino Hotel , 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, and the, UAW-Ford Technical Training Center , 25500 Outer Drive, Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Theme: Passing the Skills Torch Forward!

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Apprenticeship Trivia

The Apprenticeship form of training dates back at least four thousand years! The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1790 BC) includes a law stating "If an artisan has undertaken to rear a child and teaches him his craft, he [the child] can not be demanded back [by his birth parents]."