Be Open to New Ideas

As an old-timer myself, I have a lot of respect for experienced trade workers. The old saying, “practice makes perfect,” applies to many walks of life. I’m sure you’d rather be operated on by a surgeon who has performed a procedure hundreds of times rather than one doing it for the first time. Likewise, most […]

Explore The Trades Attends the American School Counselor Association Conference

Explore The Trades attended the American School Counselor Association Conference in Kansas City, MO from July 12-15, 2024. This conference brought together almost 5,000 school counselors and educators from all over the country. Kate Cinnamo, Executive Director of Explore The Trades, and Lara Beltz, Explore The Trades Board of Trustees President and owner of Beltz […]

Five Unsung Comforts Provided Through the Trades

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We owe the professionals in the skilled trades a lot. It is not a reach to say that our society is fully reliant on their work. Without proper electrical, plumbing, and HVAC services, our communities would be far less comfortable and not nearly as healthy. Sanitary removal of wastewater, power for refrigeration and indoor temperature […]

Skipping College

My background as a writer compels me to spend a lot of time on the flip side as a reader. Mornings almost always start out with a two-hour reading session, mostly of news publications. (I’m retired, so I have the time.) More and more, my morning readings come across information detailing the rewards of trade […]

Explore The Trades Attends the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

Explore The Trades attended the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, GA from June 25-27, 2024. This conference brought together over 15,000 students, educators, industry vendors, and trades professionals from across the country. Over 6,500 career and technical education students competed in over 100 technical vocations and showcased their talent in the skilled […]

Why Gen Z is Ditching College for the Trades

Generation X and Millennials largely agreed on the path to adulthood – graduate high school, attend college, rack up student debt and attempt to pay it off by slaving away at an office job. Increasingly, we’ve seen a different approach among Gen Z. One of the defining Gen Z traits is not settling for the […]

10 Lighting Project Tips for New Electricians

– By LED Lighting Supply If you’re just starting in the world of electricians, there’s a long way to go until you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with the knowledge of veterans who have plenty of time and experience ahead. There are a few tricks and advice that would’ve been helpful when many of us started […]

Twitter Wisdom

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I’m sure most of you have heard of what used to be called “Twitter” (now labeled “X” under Elon Musk’s ownership). It’s a social media entity where people can share opinions/photos/videos about anything under the sun. Some of you may have participated by “tweeting” something along the way. I have a Twitter account that I […]

The Tools to Succeed: Fueling the Trades Workforce Through Philanthropy

The skilled trades workforce needs a major boost. Newcomers have been far outpaced by retirees for some time and the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC industries are nearing a breaking point. There is a massive need for fresh faces to enter trade programs and join the skilled trades. There are several ways in which philanthropy can […]

Trades Talk – June 2024

June 2024 Recipients of the“Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson”Grants Announced12 Schools to Receive Support to Create and UpdatePlumbing & HVAC Labs The “Explore The Trades Skills Lab, Built by Ferguson” equipment grant recipients were announced on May 1, 2024, in celebration of National Skilled Trades Day. In its third year, the Skills […]