I didn’t, not until reading an article that appeared in the May 23, 2020 edition of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The U.S. Tax Code runs to tens of thousands of pages in volumes that occupy an entire bookshelf in tax accountant offices. Even the best among them have trouble keeping up with all the...

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Recent news caught my eye that has large meaning for the trades. On February 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded nearly $100 million to 28 public-private apprenticeship partnerships to support the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships through the federal government’s Apprenticeship:...

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You’re probably already deep in thought about what to do next by the time you’re halfway through high school, and it almost definitely involves continuing your education. Many students today are concerned about the high price of a college education, so they’re paying closer attention to how it...

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You’ve probably heard college graduates talk about how they made it through those years eating lots of instant noodles or other cheap and easy-to-make meals. Some joke that as a result, they’ll never eat these types of food again. The unfortunate truth is that it might be necessary to budget for...

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The National Center for Education Statistics reports that about four million high school students will be seniors this year. Many have already begun to finalize their plans for what happens after they graduate – and a growing number are deciding the next step may not be a traditional four-year college...

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Did you know that one out of every four adults in the United States is currently paying off their student loan debt? There are more than 44 million Americans who owe a combined $1.5 trillion in student loans. Imagine receiving your college diploma one day, and then getting a statement from a financial...

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Ouch. The cost of a college degree can be downright painful to contemplate if you’re thinking of heading in that direction. According to Forbes, tuition and fees at colleges and universities have grown by more than 1,200 percent over the past 30 years. Many students and their parents look at the steep...

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Sometimes in writing this blog it feels like I’m preaching to the choir. You wouldn’t be reading this is you didn’t have an interest in exploring the trades. On a positive note, it’s also catching on with the public at-large and well as our political leaders. I read more and more articles in...

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It’s both interesting and frustrating. When it comes to language, seldom is there just one and only one word to describe something. It’s why some of us say we have a job, while others say it’s a career, and yet a different group might refer to it as a vocation. These three terms generally mean...

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