NBC Iowa interviews Mike on how a trade could be better than college

Mike discusses with reporter Justin Andrews of KWWL in Cedar Rapids, Iowa about how students should consider all their options when planning their future and that going into the skilled trades should be a viable option and can lead to a rewarding and profitable career.

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) –When thinking of dirty jobs might you think of doing difficult, disgusting and sometimes messy duties, with little pay.

Mike Rowe, creator and host of the TV show Dirty Jobs knows all about skilled labor and is an expert and advocate of many skilled labor jobs.

He says going to a 2-year trade school could be the same as getting a 4-year education, with less tuition pay and sometimes more experience.

With recent talks of student loan debt, Rowe says college education is great, but students should look at all options, potentially saving money.

“Alternative education becomes a subordinate catch all phrase, and over here higher education and everything that assumptively comes with it,” said Rowe. “You just have to put it all on the table and you just have to get right in kids faces, show them examples that might challenge.”

Rowe says parents sometimes tell their kids the kinds of jobs they secretly hope they’ll will pursue, however he says parents shouldn’t force it.

Getting a 4-year expensive college education, Rowe says is not always the best option and students should try new things.

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