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Finger Lakes Hires: Have You Heard? Questioning the need for 4-year colleges?

Record retirements and millions of unfilled job openings are making it hard for the economy to function.

The labor shortage is most pronounced in the Skilled Trades. Some 60% of all openings today are in the Skilled Trades and do not require a 4-year degree.

While awareness of the Skilled Trades and the numerous community college based CTE programs that help students prepare for them has grown, a majority of high school students still plan to go the 4-year degree route, which means that today’s high school and college-age students have largely tuned out the Skilled Trades.

With a large percentage of high school students planning to go to college, who will be left to take on the non-4-year degree work that is essential to keep society functioning?

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