“Work smart and hard”: Mike Rowe joins Glenn to talk about the ways we can reform America’s education system in order to get people back to work

On Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, joined Glenn to talk about reforming America’s education system in order to get people back to work.

Both Mike and Glenn believe strongly in the values this country was founded on, and Mike is looking to do his part through his non-profit foundation and scholarship program. The mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Fund is aimed at getting high school seniors ready to enter the workforce with the skills they need to land the jobs that are available in the U.S. – the key word being available.

Glenn has talked about the value of apprenticeships for quite sometime now. A four-year college education is not for everyone, and trade schools should have a rightful place in society. Through his foundation, Mike is looking to challenge the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding ‘alternative education.’ He has testified before both houses of Congress regarding the widening skills gap in the United States, the emerging student loan crisis, and the ever-changing perception of a what constitutes a ‘good job.’ Over the last couple of years,  Mike has partnered with numerous companies and like-minded organizations to reinvigorate the skilled trades. His message is not “don’t go to college” but rather he is encouraging students to understand the options available to them.

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mikeroweWORKS was launched in 2008 as a trade resource center for people seeking employment opportunities in the skilled trades. The initiative grew out of his experience on Dirty Jobsand quickly turned into a grassroots campaign for hard work and skilled labor. In 2010, mikeroweWORKS became a non-profit foundation and began to award tool scholarships, travel stipends, and other financial assistance to those pursuing a skilled trade. The idea is to promote hard work and smart work.

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Glenn ended the program by presenting Mike with a $20,000 check for The mikeroweWorks Foundation to support the work he is doing to promote hard work, learning, and entrepreneurship.

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  • Johnathan Read

    A really GREAT article !!

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Listen,

    One of these guys is a political media charlatan and the other guy’s job is to go around doing the shittiest jobs in the world.

    Please, do not take career advice from them.

    Did Glenn say “retarded?”

    Do not work hard. Work smart. The two are mutually exclusive.

    I hated most of my undergraduate studies. I really did. Classes were easy (your mileage may vary), boring, remedial, and tedious. Many students, myself included, become trapped in the mire of being “busy” a whopping 15 hours a week. High school is 45. I spent so much time doing a monumental amount of drugs (which I strongly recommend), watching every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 several times over, and flicking cigarettes at the bros. It sucked for awhile.

    And then I went abroad. Mike and Glenn do not take the most important decision I made in my life into account: higher education is not exclusive to America. When I went to Switzerland to finish my undergrad, the difference in the quality of education staggered me. I was able to hang out at CERN and any of the billion. IGOs around town. My ability to network exponentially skyrocketed. Rather than sit in the dorm and drink, I was able to go to Brussels and drink. Instead of blowing my money on overpriced beer in the armpit of America, I was able to blow my money on absinthe in Budapest and hash in Morocco.

    It was cheaper, too.

    Long story short: combine your education with an interesting, yet practical and relevant skillset with a colorful personality and never cease exploring. Experience is everything.

    Good hunting

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    Shit Jobs that pay good money.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91J4PAda3EA Sam Fisher

    That is why I like Mike Rhowe.

  • rreactor

    Yeah, don’t take advice from two highly successful guys cuz that would be dumb or dare I say it, retarded? On the other hand, sign up with the Gristle McThornbody academy of higher learning and even if you are not successful at least you will score a lot of good drugs….

  • HonorWarrior

    Glenn likes to do jobs with his hands. Handjobs.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    My name is Barack Obama and I disapprove of this message.

  • RecycleThe TeaBags

    HA!

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Yes.

  • Maria Rieske

    I feel very very strongly about vocational and trade schools. Because I was saved by a trade school. I struggled through school, and was made fun of by my relatives, “See how stupid you are. You’ll never get a good job because you get C’s and D’s.” Everyone assumed I just didn’t care, but I really did. I cared a lot. Then I learned about a trade school that was accepting juniors in high school and I could replace my regular academic courses with this trade school. When I weighed the option of going, I got the same crap, “That’s where stupid kids go.” I didn’t listen. I went anyway. Even though I didn’t end up doing the trade that I went to school for, I NEVER regretted my decision to enter that school. It was the BEST education decision I could have possibly made. My grades went from barely passing to honor roll. I felt more confident about myself and my ability to find a job. It focused on real life, not just an abstract view of the world though scientific theory and mathematics.

  • Sea Rock

    … “at least you will score a lot of good drugs”….

    … or you can join a gang, sell drugs and become the president of the United States like Barry did …

    From: “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,”

    … Obama, in his autobiographical book “Dreams from My Father,” discloses that he used both marijuana and cocaine as a high school student living with his grandparents in their Honolulu apartment.

    The source said that on more than a dozen occasions he purchased “8-balls” consisting of approximately 3.6 grams of cocaine from Davis at the hot dog stand when Obama was present …

    Read more at: http://www.wnd.com/2008/10/79467/

  • Sea Rock

    … “at least you will score a lot of good drugs”….

    … or you can join a gang, sell drugs and become the president of the United States like Barry did …

    From: “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,”

    … Obama, in his autobiographical book “Dreams from My Father,” discloses that he used both marijuana and cocaine as a high school student living with his grandparents in their Honolulu apartment.

    The source said that on more than a dozen occasions he purchased “8-balls” consisting of approximately 3.6 grams of cocaine from Davis at the hot dog stand when Obama was present …

    Read more at: http://www.wnd.com/2008/10/79467/

  • Anonymous

    Glenn & Mike you both are great examples for young people to follow. Those on here or are ditching you guys are just jealous of your succeess. You both are true Americans who have made a huge difference to the better for many others. I am thankful for you for you turely care about our wonderful country & our freedoms. Keep up your great work. God Bless You Both…

  • Anonymous

    I enjoy watching Mike’s shows, they are an eye opener. Some people do the shittiest jobs around, but are happy and proud of same. No matter what job you do, if you enjoy doing it as part of your life, YOU are successful.

  • 733336

    Good one!

  • 733336

    My husband and I enjoyed both shows Mike Rowe hosted from
    the ‘Most’ best dressed to ‘Dirty Jobs’ dressed down. Thanks
    for stepping out of your world to help other people. You’ve made
    us proud.

  • Ray Congdon

    60+ year old barely high school grad here… Making 6 digits doing a job that few want to do… Oh, yes, I retired at 45 the first time, ran my own business for 12 yrs then got offered a grundle of $$ to go back to work for a third time. Actually enjoy working! Did I mention that numerous college grads have worked for me?
    Graduated from one of the best trade schools, the U. S. Air Force!
    Go Mike Rowe!

  • Louise Price

    When my husband first married (eons ago) he was flipping burgers at Dairy Queen. His wife was pregnant with their first child when he got the opportunity to go to work with his wife’s cousin. That day he became a plumber’s apprentice. The pay was better. For 20 yrs, he was a commercial plumber. He said he didn’t like the job but it allowed him to buy a house, take care of his wife and kids and have a few toys on the side. My stepson has worked with his dad on projects. He’ll never be licensed but he will have the basic knowledge to do a few things around the house. My husband’s skill and knowledge has helped us as well as extended family and friends. Am I proud to say my husband is a commercial plumber. You bet. My husband says that if you have a choice between getting the toilet fixed or the TV–which one will you do?

  • William Cotten

    Great debate on this topic featuring Charles Murry, if you have the time to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VTQ-dBYSlQ

  • Anonymous

    I see you still have your keyboard… remember how we talked about how you can help us all out? You should throw your keyboard away now.

  • Anonymous

    You got a bunch of real “winners” for relatives….I’m sure they are so secure that they’ll never need a helping hand from you, at least they had better not!
    Good luck and best wishes.

  • Anonymous

    “Work is the thing you admire. Labor is the thing you have to do.” -Mike Rowe

    Simply prophetic.

  • Anonymous

    You ever seen the show Dirty Jobs? That’s the kind of stuff that makes life possible and easy for you and me. Your response ought to be a simple thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I imagined Mike Rowe’s voice as I was reading your comment :)

  • Jerry N LouAnn Olson

    Thanks ,Mike & Glenn for speaking The Truth .

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a solution: my “20 year plan.” (Requires constitutional amendment to raise voting age to 20.) Understanding that humans don’t statistically mature until around 20, here’s what we do. 1. Prohibit anyone from going to college until reaching 20; no more wasting the years between 18-20 in “party” schools. 2. Prohibit anyone from joining the military until 20; lowering the voting age because then 18 year-olds could be drafted should have been the other way around, raising the draft age. 3. here’s where we follow Mike Rowe’s idea – Require everyone to have a job after high school until age 20 – paid or unpaid, manual labor or white collar, apprentice, intern, etc. Learn a marketable skill to back up the rest of your life. The only exception for school after 18 would be enrollment in a “trade” school – also cheaper than college, you probably wouldn’t have crippling debt after graduation. Then you go to college to raise your potential for even higher earnings. Now mature, one might even have saved some $ for that college and take only three years to complete. Live at home until 20 (parents beware). And more probably that you’d have a full time job at 20 if you get an employer who has trained you for it for the last two years. It’s kind of a two-tiered approach that is used in other countries, except here there is nothing, just two year’s time, to prevent you from crossing the trades to college academics if you want.

  • Jeo Ten

    Mike Rowe for President … or if he is not interested in that, perhaps he could convince Caterpillar bring in some of their world class heavy equipment to Washington and do some significant bulldozing of Congress and the White House.

  • rreactor

    I consider that a terrific compliment. I’m a big fan and appreciate his common sense and of course, his work ethic.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    I don’t use a keyboard.

  • Anonymous

    When I graduated college, 80 percent of graduates in my major got jobs outside our field – I held out (and I’m glad I did), but most of my fellow students got jobs totally unrelated to our degree. This applies today, too.

  • Anonymous

    This is the kind of attitude I find horribly insulting (not that this guy will care). Who’s he going to call to fix his furnace? or his toilet? The industrial base in this country has been decimated. Not everyone has the money to “go abroad” and drink and smoke hash. We need jobs for everyone, to build up our middle class again. Not everyone will have a corner office (there’s only so many corners) but everyone should be able to work at something that makes them happy and pays their bills.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Settle for less, then.

    Not everyone has money to go abroad? Guess what? Neither did I. Stow away on a steamship to Sweden and forage for your food. You’ll be a more interesting human being and have a story to tell.

  • Anonymous

    One of the best interviews on the Glenn Beck program. Heard him on the radio today also and Mike was stellar. Tried to log onto his MikeroweWorks website, and it crashed — just like the Obamacare site, lol. When we sent our daughter off to college, she became fascinated by Anthropology and was considering changing her major. My husband and I sat her down and discussed the possibility she would be jobless when she graduated. We suggested she take a few business courses. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in Economics, and is now a CPA. Working hard is the key, parents. Please consider having your child work while in college (our daughter did), don’t go into debt to put your child through college. Don’t have your child burdened with debt when they graduate, and then on the day after, realize the job market has tanked for their particular expertise. (Women studies, sociology, philosophy, etc.) Work is not a four letter word — regain the American way of hard work. Attending a community college then transferring is smart, economical and so very wise when a young high schooler has no idea what they want for their future. The secret is that not all students need to have a college degree, but they do need a skill.

  • Karen M Mckenna-Lyons

    good job!!

  • Karen M Mckenna-Lyons

    i think this is a great idea! not everyone is an academic an college oriented ALL WORK IS IMPORTANT AND EQUALLY ADMIRABLE!!

  • Karen M Mckenna-Lyons

    VERY GOOD AND SOUND ADVICE!

  • Mark Adam

    I’m so grateful that Mike Rowe is doing this and of course that Glenn Beck had him on! Than you very much!

  • KenC

    In my time I started out working in convenience stores, the county morgue, janitorial work at night for local grocery stores and making beds in hotels and working at a local deli, I managed a seasonal/garden department for a K-Mart store, operated several depots for Schwans foods and ran a route for them for a little while.

    Even though I worked hard at what I did I never got anywhere, I had 3 kids and a wife and we were scraping by. I went to a tech school, got my 2 year associates degree for welding and my life TOOK OFF, I absolutely doubled my income in one simple action. I have been at it now for 15 years and just this year changed careers AGAIN to become an electrician, 4 year apprenticeship aside once I get my journeymans license I’ll be able to walk on to any job site in the country and demand a great wage for my skill and experience.

  • Kyle Dietz

    I went back to school after dropping out 18 years earlier. I received my GED and an Associates Degree. I was offered an additional 2 year scholarship, but with my commercial drivers license and my life and job experience i can make 5 times more money working in the oilfield! Stay in school or don’t, just make sure you learn how to support yourself in the real world……….NOT THE WANNA BE PRESIDENTS IMAGINARY ONE!

  • Sheri Watson

    Amen Mike and Glen! This is exactly the message I share with the “developmentally disabled” folks I job coach! It is amazing the pride and hard work someone puts forth when they understand that they are a part of a team and what they are doing matters. The “kids” (well, they range from 20 something to 40 something) I work with did not hear this at school in their special ed classes. They have been taught how to work hard at not working and using a disability as an excuse. It’s horrible. The great group I am working with right now are the hardest working bunch of sticker pullers, screw counters and box makers you will find. They started out just showing up and putting in their time not caring what they got done on any given night. We have an on going conversation about what we do IS vital to the company. They had not heard this before. Now we have deadlines and production goals that they are meeting every week. They take pride in the work they do and it shows in the workplace and in the community.The company they work for is a Honda supplier.
    Mike, when you are in the high schools include the special ed department in your focus! Come to Ohio anytim :)

  • mark shofner

    Im still in high school and im a senior and go to a trade school called Canadian Valley in Chickasha ,Oklahoma . It free to go to since im in high school and im there half the day which makes school time go by faster and fun to go to cause once its 11am i get to go learn to weld at my own paste with an instructor there when i need the help. We learn how to run a shop, tig , stick, mig pipeline and they help place our first job . They are turly amazing and really want kids to succeed in life. I wish i would of had this option to do this when i lived in California. But im glad to be where i am and know a school has my back in making me succeed in life and keep me on a good path :-)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Mike for putting it so beautifully and well said!

  • J Labrecque

    Just because this was YOUR experience doesn’t mean that the life experiences of another is “settling for less.” How incredibly arrogant. Everyone has a story to tell. The value is in appreciating each individual and the life they have chosen. I choose one of hard work, no debt, and yes, adventure. We have explored 46 out of 50 states, several foreign countries, including some in Europe, and never once had to rely on drugs or alcohol to enhance the joy of it.

    The difference is, we don’t have 80,000 dollars of debt to repay through our 40′s, nor did we rely on “Mum and Dad” to sell out their retirement for our own selfish gain. Hmm. I think I have the better story.

  • Gristle McThornbody

    I once accidentally became best friends with Jamaican gangsters in Zurich and has to escort them under the cover of darkness into Germany.

    I was also forced to have sex at gunpoint in Budapest when I was 21. It was awesome.

    What stories do you have?

  • Anonymous

    What happened to Glenn’s exposé on GroverNorquist?? Did I miss it??

  • HP McLovincraft

    …and mike Rowe kills his future endorsements….LOL (Lucifer Our Lord)! Dumb Motherfucker. Welcome to the Free Market, Dipshit.

  • HP McLovincraft

    That’s where stupid kids go. LOL

  • HP McLovincraft

    Because you are a dumb dick sucking son of bitch of a retard.

  • HP McLovincraft

    piTea Party Humor is Always Nearly Funny!

  • HP McLovincraft

    Your Name is Dumb Motherfucker and you come in your own face when you jack off and lap that shit up.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Faking 6 digits…unless you are talking about how many fingers fit in your asshole you stupid bastard.

  • HP McLovincraft

    If by ‘good job’ you mean ‘fucking retard’.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Simply Dipshit-o-matic.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Maybe you should think more and suck dick less.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Truth.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Sam Fishtard is a moron.

  • HP McLovincraft

    You ever suck shit from my dirty asshole?

  • Anonymous

    There is spiritual inspiration in creating and fixing things if done well as opposed to obsession with video games or doing a job poorly. The feeling of being able to create or restore something of value or beauty has a tremendous feeling well being.

  • Joe Smith

    I’m sorry. What is the importance of video games in this? I know I’m on a Glenn Beck website, though not intentionally. But your entire post makes very little sense and only sounds to be pushing some agenda that I don’t even see…

    I honestly can’t tell who you are siding with. I play video games almost daily, and yet I’m a business owner who works hard every single day and cares and provides for my family. Video games are irrelevant to this.