NY construction co. offers path to $47/hr career with high school apprenticeships: ‘College isn’t for everybody’

As the war for student loan forgiveness wages on, one New York construction company is offering high school students a different path and the chance to earn up to $47 an hour, with no college degree — and no college debt — required.

(Video: Fox News)

Harrison & Burrowes has been building, maintaining, and repairing New York’s bridges since the 1920s, and it is offering high school seniors the opportunity to gain on-the-job training with up to 200 hours of work. After graduating from high school, students who complete the summer apprenticeship can be offered a full-time position, complete with full benefits.

“College isn’t for everybody — and with the rising cost of tuition, we can provide a great opportunity for those folks that the path to college might not be the best path for them,” Harrison & Burrowes owner and COO Chris DiStefano told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

It’s a tantalizing prospect for those teenagers wise enough to put in the work.

“When they come on, they can come on at 18 years old and make a steady wage and have a sustainable career going forward,” DiStefano said.

How important a college education is to future success is a subject of some debate.

Citing a U.S. Census Bureau’s “Fun Facts: Back-to-School” report, Fox News notes that college graduates with a bachelor’s degree made roughly $73,000 per year in 2020, compared with the $39,000 high school graduates and those with a GED earned.

But as BizPac Review has reported, college freshmen are today being greeted with woke orientation materials, and it is unclear if “diversity, equity, and inclusion” will translate to higher earnings in the future, especially with students racing for safe spaces and incurring ever-higher debts.

According to a report from the free speech organization Speech First (SF), colleges today are little more than indoctrination centers.

“Universities are manipulating students, planting seeds of insecurity where there were none before, and encouraging them to see each other as potential racists and bigots,” SF Executive Director Cherise Trump told Campus Reform in August.

“From what we’ve learned, it is clear that our public universities do not provide incoming students with a foundation of respect for free speech, open discourse, and civic education,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Americans from coast to coast are furious at the thought of paying off other college-educated people’s debts as they struggle just to make ends meet under soaring inflation and surging gas, energy, and food prices.

For many, the idea of graduating from high school and starting right to work in a job that offers great wages, benefits, and opportunities makes a lot of sense, and DiStefano is optimistic about his company’s shot at building a strong workforce through the program, even as finding qualified workers becomes more challenging.

“We’re taking it very seriously and doing all the things on our end to make a sustainable future,” he said.


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