This blog frequently has drawn attention to the severe shortage of skilled trade labor in the country. It is hampering construction to the point that $1 trillion worth of planned spending on infrastructure projects is slow to take hold simply because contractors can’t find enough workers to staff all...

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Explore The Trades Happy Hour Fundraising event at Super Meeting 2022! This event was a Texas-sized success with the support of both individuals and our corporate sponsors. Our individual donors generously gave over $20,000 and our corporate sponsors gave $35,000...

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If you follow the news, you may have noticed a big story recently about President Biden forgiving up to $20,000 in student debt for beleaguered students and former students. Good for them. But before you applaud the federal government for its generosity, keep in mind that the debts are not really being...

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August 26, 2022
Inflation & Deflation

If you follow the news, you know all about the inflation that’s been wracking our economy for the last couple of years. Even if you don’t follow the news, you feel it every day with just about everything you buy costing more. Inflation is what happens when too much money chases too few goods and...

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Who’s ready to learn about the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical trades? We are! As Explore The Trades works to bridge the technical talent gap to these service trades, one of the avenues for this is to ensure that educators feel equipped to speak about the trades with their students. Awareness and education...

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What financial planners call the “miracle of compound interest” contains both a potential blessing and a curse for young people investing in their future. Compound interest describes what happens to money owed or invested over long periods of time. Here’s the arithmetic in a nutshell. Suppose you...

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At Explore The Trades, we’re passionate about plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical, and bridging the technical talent gap to these trades.   In This Issue: Explore The Trades Happy Hour Fundraiser Armstrong Plumbing – Air – Electric and Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center...

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July 29, 2022
ASCA 2022 Recap

Explore The Trades attended the American School Counselor Association Conference in Austin, TX from July 9-12, 2022. This conference brought together over 4,000 counselors, educators, and industry vendors from all over the country.    Executive Director Kate Cinnamo and Administrative Coordinator...

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It is remarkable how fast technological progress has accelerated. It’s been only around 12 decades since the Wright Brothers traveled little more than a football field in the first manned flight. Since then, we’ve visited the moon and sent dozens of unmanned space craft to explore far reaches of...

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