SkillPointe Releases Free Guide to the Best Skilled Trade Careers

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ATLANTA — SkillPointe, the leading resource for skills-based career exploration, training and job opportunities that do not require a four-year degree, announced the release of their first e-book, “Let’s Celebrate Skills-Based Careers.” This guide covers critical challenges facing our economy and higher education, and proposes attractive alternatives to four-year college degrees.

Consider these critical facts:
•    30 million jobs in the U.S. do not require a four-year degree but pay $55,000 or more.
•    In 2021, 2.6 million skills-based jobs are available, and that number is expected to grow annually.
•    Student loan debt is a staggering $1.7 trillion.
•    The four-year graduation rate at public colleges is only 33.3%.
•    45% of four-year college grads are un- and under-employed.

SkillPointe Founder Todd Wilson says, “We are facing a national crisis of growing workforce shortages in many skills-based industries. At the same time, many four-year college students are leaving early without any credentials or certifications that would help them secure a better future. That’s an opportunity for students as well as their families, educators and career advisors to learn more about faster, more affordable pathways to rewarding, good-paying careers. That’s why we created this critical guide — to start a national dialogue that is long overdue.” 

In this free e-book, those thinking about skilled trades can learn more about:
•    Why a four-year college degree may not be the best option for everyone.
•    The best skilled trade careers that are in demand and growing fast
•    Fast-track training options at high schools, community colleges and trade schools
•    Unique scholarship opportunities for students entering skilled trade training programs
•    Attractive apprentice programs with leading employers
•    Career assessment tools

Download your free copy of our Skilled Trade Career Guide.

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