Want a $1 Million Paycheck? Skip College and Go Work in a Lumberyard

“High-paying blue-collar jobs go unfilled as millions of Americans take on loads of college debt. Building-supply giant 84 Lumber says it has the answer”

Sabastian Kleis, the son of a waitress from Rust Belt Ohio, was supposed to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. Instead, he dropped out of Kent State University after two years. By most accounts, Kleis, 24, should be flipping burgers. But on a recent afternoon a lumber company was grooming him for a management job.

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The State Of Overqualified Workers – A college education is a popular credential in Minnesota, but it isn’t needed to perform most jobs.

Steve Hine, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, isn’t anti-education. But as the research director of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), he’s in possession of data that not many college professors would like to see.

Hine led a recent study that determined that “two-thirds of the jobs in Minnesota require a high school education or less.” That conclusion is sharply at odds with a 2013 Georgetown University study, which estimated that 74 percent of Minnesota jobs would require “some level of postsecondary education by 2020.”

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