What are your thoughts on this article? For those of you who don't know, Jeffrey R. Immelt is the CEO of General Electric corporation. Currently there is a conference going on in D.C. to discuss this very subject. I mostly agree with what he's written here, and I think that manufacturing should lead the way in retooling our economy. There is also another article here which discusses some legislative things that are being looked at to help train and employ a skilled workforce. One of the things I strongly agree with, and unions can help promote, is apprenticeships. The idea of go to high school, go to college, get a 4 yr degree, get a job is a faulty one if we're going to have a strong manufacturing base here in the United States. College, while valuable, does not currently teach technical skills that we need. Obviously excluding doctors, nurses, STEM, etc... Here is a good paragraph from the article: I think it's very interesting to note the difference between US and German apprenticeship. We can learn from our German friends here, I think. What are your thoughts?