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Michigan Governor Whitmer announces plan for free college tuition for front-line workers battling coronavirus

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    vord
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    While this is admirable, I would much rather see a straight-up cash payment to frontline workers in the amounts of a full college education instead. College education is overrated. Broadly...

    While this is admirable, I would much rather see a straight-up cash payment to frontline workers in the amounts of a full college education instead.

    College education is overrated. Broadly speaking, we need higher paying wages, more apprentiships and qualification certifications, and less concern with educational pedigree.

    College wouldn't be nearly as important if it wasn't being continually pushed as a mandatory step between 'graduating high school' and 'starting a career.'

    In IT for example, college degrees are largely worthless. Most could be handled well with apprentiships and supplemental training. Nobody is going to care about your educational pedigree if you can demonstrate proficiency with COBOL.

    Give the frontline workers a big windfall and let them decide how to best leverage that windfall. As-is, it looks mostly like a bailout for colleges, with a touch of PR spin.

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    1. moocow1452
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      Good PR though. Giving frontline individuals state grants or free money would go over like a lead balloon, and Michigan has initiatives to make sure more people over 25 are college educated, so...

      Good PR though. Giving frontline individuals state grants or free money would go over like a lead balloon, and Michigan has initiatives to make sure more people over 25 are college educated, so the pipelines are already there.

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  2. moocow1452
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    This is going over pretty well with the people I know and hopefully more States or Federal programs open up for the people on the front lines of this.

    This is going over pretty well with the people I know and hopefully more States or Federal programs open up for the people on the front lines of this.

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