The weight of expectations
Some workers are getting off the four-year-degree track in favor of skilled — and high-paying — work with their hands.
“There is so much of a need for aviation mechanics, especially in the tri-county region but even in Broward alone, employers can’t get enough employees to fill all the jobs,” says Russell McCaffery, dean of Broward College’s industry, manufacturing, construction and transportation programs. “So many of our students are able to get jobs while still in school even before they graduate.”
With an investment of about $11,000 and two academic years and a summer, a student is ready to earn $20 an hour and within several years make $70,000 to $80,000, plus overtime and then more as a supervisor.
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