Unfortunately, our educational establishment abolished vocational type education in the High Schools. Many kids would be better off learning job skills in HS rather than a half hearted college prep.
I know Layfayette well and you even have Purdue grads working on assembly lines because the work is more rewarding and the pay is good.
We need more young american’s in vocational and apprentice programs to fill the skilled job requirements. I really think our liberal education looks down of skilled trades jobs...they are prejudice against the working class.
Several years ago a weldor of my acquaintance was making about $18/hr. in Lafayette, non union.
At this point places like Ivy Tech are doing what the high schools should be doing. The local manufacturing companies, CAT, etc., support Ivy Tech and value its graduates.