Travis Little graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 2007 with a mechanical engineering degree and found quick employment in the booming oil industry. With the fracking revolution taking off, Little made good money working 80 to 100 hours a week at sites in Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and other states. ….
Workers of all ages are beginning to understanding that education must be a constant—not a one-time thing—for people who want to get ahead. A recent study by the Pew Research Center and the Markle Foundation found that 87% of workers say continuous training is important or essential to career success. Strong majorities said career success depends on having skills such as knowledge of computers, training in math and science, or fluency in a foreign language. “The American people get it,” says Zoe Baird, CEO of the Markle Foundation. “The question is, what do you do about it.”