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Manufacturing survey finds 'stigma' of blue-collar work a hurdle to attracting young people

By MinnPost

May 03, 2016

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According to a recent survey conducted by the Minneapolis-based consulting firm Enterprise Minnesota, many parents and teachers are pushing young people to attend traditional 4-year universities in pursuit of professions that are generally considered more prestigious  — despite the fact that many manufacturing workers are well-paid and in-demand. 

“Over the last generation, manufacturing has not been appreciated for the kind of careers it creates for young people,” said Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota’s president and CEO. “There are good-paying jobs; there are great careers that people can have.” 

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