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I never wanted to go to college and with good common sense I've done well enough to be semi-retired now since my late 40s
42000 middle class? Who could surive on that in a middle class way? If you had a family of four, that woould be poverty level
$42,000 is hella more than minimum wage.
That's a survivable living in this current state. If Romney wins, everyone will receive Walmart pay = $7.25hr @32hrs a week, max. That's poverty AND you'll qualify for food stamps!!
kivirl4 - First, the median household income in this country is roughly $45K/yr. $42K is only $57/week less. That barely covers a tank of gas & one lunch before taxes. Second, most dual parent families in this country are also dual income which means a very real possibility of $65-90K yr. However, I do agree with your assessment that $42K isn't enough to support a family of 4 these days. However, what differentiates me from what seems to be a majority of Americans is the fact that I look at my paycheck which has been a good amount more than $45K/yr for some time now, I think "Start a family? On this? Not a (expletive deleted) chance!"
I was an aircraft mechanic for 37 years. I made more money than my college educated buddies. I retired with a good good pension and NO debt.
There's lots of good that this kind of money can do for career and technical education (CTE) around the state. CTE has proven to be a central way to achieve the kind of skill development needed to fill open jobs - and, by extension, a great way to bridge emerging economic skills gaps. The icing on the cake, then, are the benefits CTE provides in the way of student achievement and career prospects.
The recently created Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC) is comprised of a group of businesses working together to advocate for CTE as a means of bridging these skills gaps. For more information, or to join the effort, visit www.iwnc.org.
Jason Sprenger, for the IWNC
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