Gregory T. DeCinque: Designate October to celebrate manufacturing

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Gregory T. DeCinque, interim president, Tidewater Community College

THE KIDS ARE starting to get it. When will parents?

“It” is the idea that the path to career success and security does not necessarily run through a four-year school or a so-called “prestige” occupation.

Not long ago, Quentin Kidd, director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, reported on a survey of 600 Peninsula parents. As reported in Inside Business:

“For the most part, parents seem to encourage their children to pursue prestigious positions that they also perceive to be the highest paying, including engineers and scientists, according to the presentation. They seem to discourage their children from becoming welders or electricians.”

Kidd is quoted as saying, “The perception of prestige is pretty dramatic.” Read more.

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