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Mike Rowe Announces High School Curriculum Focused on Work Ethic

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Mike Rowe Announces High School Curriculum Focused on Work Ethic

By Movieguide® Contributor 

In an interview with Fox News, DIRTY JOBS host Mike Rowe discussed his new high school curriculum and scholarship opportunity offered by his mikeroweWORKS foundation.

“The foundation has been at it 16 years,” Rowe explained. “We offer a couple million dollars in work ethic scholarship. I thought it would be good to get a ‘work ethic’ curriculum into high schools so we could have a conversation about the benefits of showing up early and staying late and embracing a modicum of personal responsibility.”

Recently, Rowe’s foundation has brought this curriculum to a high school in Las Vegas.

“In Vegas, what’s really fascinating now is we’ve got this curriculum, the whole freshman class at Western—750 kids are going to go through it—and the top 50, at a minimum, will get a full-ride scholarship…$5 million is going to go straight to that small cohort of kids for a full scholarship in any trade school they want,” he said.

Rowe’s goal for this program is to improve the “skills gap” that has become a problem in America.

“Over the course of the last few decades, we’ve elevated one form of education at the expense of all the others. And so today, we do have a skills gap,” he told the Las Vegas Sun. 

“What we’ve done finally is link work ethic with a scholarship program in a way that I hope will help close America’s skills gap which is wider than it has ever been,” he explained. 

“If I have my way, initiatives like this will be happening in every ZIP code in every county in every state, because the skills gap is not unique to Clark County, and underserved kids are certainly not unique to this,” he added.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, “The four-year ‘Warrior Pathway Program’ aims to provide approximately $4.5 million in scholarships — funded by the Engelstad Foundation — to graduating students who finish the program.”

Rowe, who recently presented at the Movieguide® Awards, passionately advocates for hard work and the benefits that come from it.

Movieguide® previously reported: 

However, Rowe is accustomed to getting messy on the show, and hopes that it will help America appreciate all types of labor.

“What makes the show relevant, I think, is that it’s a constant reminder to things we’ve become disconnected from as a country,” Rowe told AP. “You can learn a lot from dirty jobs collectively.”

“If you share my addiction to smooth roads and affordable energy and well-maintained runways and indoor plumbing, then the show has a message for you,” he added.

Similar to previous seasons of DIRTY JOBS, which debuted in 2003, Rowe jumps in to learn about a variety of jobs across the country; like hot sauce making in Fort Mill, South Carolina, or emptying ultrafine carbon dust bags in Berthoud, Colorado.

“The intent with every segment is to make people who have nothing to do with that industry feel connected to it,” Rowe said. “Think about the people who allow the lights to come on when you flip the switch.”

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