Career Development / Changing Workforce / STEM Education

How Oregon is investing in the next generation of blue-collar workers

By PBS Newshour

Jan 07, 2016

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Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation Xers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields. 

The state is getting creative in its response to a growing labor gap, too.

With a nearly $500,000 grant, Sherwood, OR, high school teacher John Niebergall drives around the state in a motorhome. Delivering scanners, laser cutters, and 3D printers, Niebergall works with teachers looking to develop or expand career curriculum for their schools.

Read the transcript and watch the video at pbs.org/newshour.