Why millennials are forgoing college for blue-collar jobs

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header-bluecollarWashington Mayancela decided he wanted his life to be degree-free.

He joins legions of well-schooled millennials bucking the trend of college, taking often dirty but well-paid blue-collar jobs.

Coming out of the shadow of the Great Recession, once-plentiful white-collar jobs are still scarce, many replaced by lower-paid service work.

Mayancela, 20, decided two years ago to start his apprenticeship as a steamfitter.

The Staten Island native graduated with his Advanced Regents diploma, a GPA of 4.0, and in the top five at Staten Island’s Ralph R. McKee Career & Technical Education High School. The best colleges came knocking with scholarships. But Mayancela had other plans. Read More Here

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