Education Week has an article about how business are having a hard time finding highly-skilled workers, even in this economy with a high unemployment rate. It discusses balancing career training with academics. You may have to register to read the whole article, Career Skills Said to Get Short Shrift
Another article supporting the Education Week's article is from the company RIDGED, which conducted a survey indicating that students don't want jobs in the skilled trades. Students want jobs where they will work with computers. Could there be a connection between what and how material is being taught in school and student's perception of careers?