DEWALT Contribution to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Provides Additional Support for SkillsUSA Scholarships in 2015

Assistance for Students to Demonstrate their Skills Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA is pleased to announce that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is increasing the number of scholarships for SkillsUSA member students to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-26. The total amount available for scholarships will increase from $50,000 in prior years to $75,000 because of the very generous recent donation by DEWALT. The contribution by DEWALT is in addition to the other support already committed to the 2015 SkillsUSA competition. DEWALT has been a dedicated supporter of SkillsUSA for over 15 years. This is the fifth Read More

Entrepreneur: Don’t Pursue Your Passion. Chase Opportunity.

Success in business depends on opportunity, not a person’s passion. Whether you agree or disagree, that’s what Dirty Jobs star Mike Rowe believes. Before you fly off the handle, calling bullshit, let’s allow him to explain. What Rowe means is that when you put your passion first, ahead of opportunity, you often times create obstacles to achieving real success. “When you follow your passion, when you follow your dream, when you grow up being told that you’re a precious little snowflake and all you have to do is look inward and identify that thing in you that you want more Read More


Mike opens up on pay, public office and the ‘skills gap’ “I’d love to see every hard worker paid handsomely, including teachers.” ~ Mike Rowe (CNN) — Between Mike Rowe’s television work and his philanthropic efforts with the Mike Rowe Works Foundation, Rowe holds true to one central passion: tipping his hat to those who work hard without much fanfare. In Rowe’s new CNN series, he takes us to meet all of these folks who are the “somebodys” that “gotta do it!” He also wants to re-introduce himself to you. With the help of this Q&A, Rowe lets us in Read More

Glenn Beck Radio ~ The Incredible History that Built America

Glenn interviewed Mike Rowe on radio about the upcoming special tomorrow night at 8pm only on TheBlaze called Building America, presented by Caterpillar. Mike chronicles the major engineering and infrastructure feats that began rapidly rising in the 1800’s that eventually formed the foundation America currently operates on. As with many of the Mike Rowe conversations, the use of his Facebook page to respond to people’s criticism was a topic of conversation. Watch his interesting, truthful responses and hear his opinion on the America who built the Empire State Building versus the America of today below. Also, don’t miss the preview Read More

Mike Visits Queen Latifah – NEW C.R.A.P AUCTION!

Mike chats with Queen Latifah on her show, December 2, 2014 about the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, offers some career suggestions and talks about his new show Somebody’s Gotta Do It. Mike’s dog Freddy even got a mention. GREAT RESULT!!! $4975 Mike Rowe & Queen Latifah autographed drum auction to benefit and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation! Queen Latifah graciously donated and signed her personal DTS snare drum that was made by professional drum maker Steve Morrison.  Thanks to all who bid! Post by Mike Rowe.  


Mike talks about the new blue-collar jobs and how labeling top skill and bottom skill doesn’t make sense – WXIA-TV, Atlanta, for USA TODAY USA Today – Manufacturing in America [youtube url=”” width=”400″ height=”200″]

GLENN BECK: Radio Interview

Mike Rowe is one of Glenn’s favorite guests to have on radio, for a variety of reasons. First, Mike is one of the seemingly few leaders left on the planet who values hard work. He also isn’t afraid to speak his mind and doesn’t fold like a cheap tent when he gets some public pushback over a particular opinion. Special bonus: Mike sings some decent opera. On radio this morning, Mike opened up about how he got started on TV and the origins of his new show Somebody’s Gotta Do It. Why did Mike Rowe pick up opera? “Well, I Read More

CNN Covers the mikeroweWORKS Foundation

CNN just released this video and article on Mike and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. CNN’s Rebecca Baer got to sit down and interview Mike at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival, where they talked about how and why Mike decided to start the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s PR campaign for hard work. Click here to watch the video and read the article on          

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 Read More

Mike Suggests Solution for the Skills Gap

In this interview with at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival Mike talks about what he learned from Dirty Jobs, and shares his ideas for how we can close the skills gap. You can watch the interview, or read a transcript on their site. Click here to see the interview on Click here to learn more about what Mike did at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering festival in Washington D.C.          

Mike on Bill Nye’s Planetary Radio Podcast

  While at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C., Mike had the chance to sit down with Planetary Radio and a stellar panel of guests, including Festival co-founder and Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Ray Johnson, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy and Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla. They talked about dirty jobs in space among other topics related to STEM, Skills and Space. Click here to read more, listen and download the podcast at the Planetary Radio website.

US Chamber of Commerce on Mike’s Testimony

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently published their coverage of Mike’s testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources meeting to discuss “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trade Workers.” The article opens with Mike’s interview with the Blaze, and goes on to discuss Mike’s testimony before the committee. Click here to read more on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s website.