Via Townhall: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/mikeshedlock/2013/12/14/dirty-jobs-mike-rowe-on-the-high-cost-of-college-n1762724
Rowe: If we are lending money that ostensibly we don't have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don't exist, I might suggest that we've gone around the bend a little bit.
Gillespie: We are doing everything we can to push every kid to go to a four-year college. What's wrong with that?
Rowe: It's not working. You have a trillion dollars in debt on the student loan side. You have a skills gap, something [interrupted by Gillespie]
Gillespie: What do you mean a skills gap?
Rowe: Right now you have about 3 million jobs in transportation, commerce, trades, that can't be filled.
Gillespie: Anything from carpentry to electricians, plumbers,
Rowe: [interjects] Heating, electric, truck drivers, welders is a big one, jobs that typically parents don't sit down and say to their kids - look if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.
Rowe's advice is summed up in the following clip I took from the video.
Get Ready to Get Dirty
The video is a lengthy 41 minutes but Reason.com provides this synopsis so you can skip to topics that interest you.
His bad experience with a high school guidance counselor (3:20)
Why he provides scholarships based on work ethic (6:57)
The problem with taxpayer-supported college loans (8:40)
Why America demonizes dirty jobs (11:32)
The happiest day of his life (13:14)
Why following your passion is terrible advice (17:05)
Why it's so hard to hire good people (21:04)
The hidden cost of regulatory compliance (23:16)
The problem with Obama's promise to create shovel ready jobs (33:05)
Efficiency versus effectiveness (34:17)
Life after Dirty Jobs (38:24)
Work Smart, Not Hard
More at link, plus the whole 41 minute interview.
Lots of good points. Nothing many of us here haven't said, but they are said well and entertainingly.