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Marilyn's Practice Press Release

There’s a widespread myth that workforce education is an avenue for people who aren’t competent enough to attend college. Edwin L. Herr, distinguished professor emeritus of education and associate dean emeritus, is eager to dispel that myth.

By: Marilyn Perez (September 2010)

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There’s a widespread myth that workforce education is an avenue for people who aren’t competent enough to attend college. Edwin L. Herr, distinguished professor emeritus of education and associate dean emeritus, is eager to dispel that myth.

Herr points out that graduates of workforce education are among the nation’s most proficient problem solvers. Construction workers must understand engineering concepts far beyond the skill of handling a backhoe; mechanics must be able to manipulate computer-controlled automobiles while still recognizing when spark plugs, belts, and hoses need to be replaced.

“People who graduate from workforce education programs are the glue that hold society together,” he says. “These are the people who create and maintain our infrastructure.”

With their unique combination of skills and knowledge, these professionals earn excellent incomes. Furthermore, their jobs tend to be more secure than others. “In economic downturns, these professionals are often the last ones standing,” says Herr.

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