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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Skills: Work in the Trades

Skills pays the bills. During the covid-19 shut-down, home improvement projects surged as people needed spaces to work and play at home. This spurred the focus on the skilled trades, as deck-builders, landscapers, wood-workers, plumbers and other tradespersons were called on more than ever. While there may still be a stigma for the family that does not send all their children to a four-year college, there are many reasons to pursue a trade instead. Lower debt and higher earnings, not to mention being always being sought for work, is enough reason to focus on trade skills development. ~ Melanie Reinersman,

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“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” ~ Carl Jung
“My knowledge of electrical subjects was not acquired in a methodical manner but was picked up from such books as I could get hold of and from such experiments as I could make with my own hands." ~ Alexander Graham Bell


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