Mike Rowe dropped one fact about Gen Z that put college administrators on notice

Apr 12, 2024

For decades, colleges have held a stranglehold on the path to getting a high-paying job.

Now the old assumptions about higher education are being turned upside down.

And Mike Rowe dropped one fact about Gen Z that put college administrators on notice.

Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe celebrates the hardworking men and women who have careers in skilled trades that keep America running.

These folks make sure the lights turn on, the air conditioning blows cold, and the water is running.

Now these jobs are getting a fresh look from Generation Z as a potential career path because of the exploding cost of college.

Mike Rowe points out the shocking rise in the cost of college

Rowe appeared on Fox News where he dropped a bombshell statistic about the rising cost of college.

Several private colleges in the northeast including Yale University now cost more than $90,000 per year.

“Nothing in the history of Western Civilization has ever become more expensive more quickly than a four-year degree, not food, not health, not energy, not real estate, nothing,” Rowe explained.

He said that millions of jobs are opening in the skilled trades that don’t require a college degree.

But he lamented that “we have still been telling a generation of kids the best path for most people is the most expensive path.”

Even with the push for four-year colleges, the Wall Street Journal reported that vocational community college attendance increased by 16% and the number of students going into career training for construction work jumped by 23%.

“The data is in and Gen Z is not having any of it,” Rowe said, adding the rise in vocational training “poses a lot of inconvenient truths for people in our education system and many of our elected officials, but the evidence is now undeniable, it demands a verdict.”

Rowe explains how college got so expensive

Rowe pointed to Switzerland, South Korea, and Germany as countries that do a good job of getting young people into a career track in the trades.

“Over here, the stigmas, and the stereotypes and the myths and misperceptions that keep kids from exploring these trades and the number of guidance counselors, Neil, who are affirmatively bonused on their ability to get kids on to the college track and not the vocational track, people say, ‘Mike, how could college get so expensive?’” Rowe said. “The answer is, how could it not?”

The cost of a four-year degree becoming more than a mortgage in some cases is going to cause many students to reevaluate their career options.

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