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    :: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 ::

    America, Land of Limited Opportunity and Educational Scarcity - By Bernie Hayden, Maryland On My Mind
    The program is rigorous. The physicians’ assistants begin training in June, and the work is intense. I understand there were 10 students selected for the program out of about 600 applications. What are the other 590 going to do?

    Physicians’ assistant: Six-hundred applicants for 10 openings. Tuition and expenses, about $30,00 a year. Starting salary upon graduation, about $70,000. Demand for qualified physicians’ assistants: unlimited.

    My nephew is applying for a slot in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers apprenticeship program. Beginning apprentices assist the master electricians. Starting pay is low, but excellent classroom training is provided by the union. The pay scale increases as apprentices advance through the program, which provides better preparation for available real-world jobs than your average college BS.

    I understand there are about 2,000 candidates for 200 openings. After completing the apprenticeship, skilled electricians can make $70,000 and up, depending on how much overtime work they want. Licensed electricians can open their own service business, if they wish.

    Electrician apprenticeships: 2,000 applications for 200 openings. What are the other 1,800 going to do?
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