Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame stopped by Caterpillar’s Product Support booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 to talk about a new book he’s just written, Profoundly Disconnected, which he jokingly said is an easy read, “because it’s only one page long.”
Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame stopped by Caterpillar’s Product Support booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 to talk about a new book he’s just written, Profoundly Disconnected, which he jokingly said is an easy read, “because it’s only one page long.” But, in fact, Profoundly Disconnected is a thoughtful analysis of why important jobs, necessary jobs, go begging at a time when the country desperately needs skilled people who are willing to work hard.Perhaps the book’s dust jacket language says it best: “Americans have become slowly but undeniably disconnected from the most fundament elements of civilization—food, energy, education, and the very nature of Work itself. In many ways, we have declared a cultural war on work, and the casualties are all around us.“How else can we explain millions of jobs that no one seems to want, at a time when so many are out of work?...Or the systematic removal of vocational education from high schools around the country, at a time when most viable opportunities require those very skills? These are the questions lurking just below the surface of Profoundly Disconnected, and thankfully, Mike Rowe has provided an answer without a lecture.”Caterpillar is among the partners supporting the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which he describes as being “concerned with promoting hard work and supporting the skilled trades in a variety of areas.” The Foundation awards scholarships to young men and women who have illustrated both an interest and an aptitude around mastering a specific trade. Qualified candidates include those students who want to advance their education through an accredited trade school or apprenticeship program, exhibit high work ethic and need financial assistance.Most recently, the Foundation created more than $1.6 million in education scholarships with schools around the country, and it supports SkillsUSA by covering travel costs for competing students who could otherwise not afford to attend.Click here to see a video of Rowe at the event.