Fall 2021

Type of Culminating Activity

Student research paper


For the past several decades there has been a prevalence of promoting the need for everyone to obtain at least a bachelor's degree to be able to have a successful career. This had led to a lack of interest of the younger generations in entering the skilled trades as a career. The result of this is that the average age of workers in the trades keeps increasing and as the boomer generation has retired there are not enough capable replacements entering the workforce. Having enough workers in the skilled trades is imperative to keeping the country moving forward by building the new and maintaining the old. There needs to be a concentrated effort to educate and encourage the younger generations of the viability of the trades as a career. Companies will need to adapt the practices that they currently use in recruitment to reach the age demographic that is needed to combat this issue. The need to understand what this generation wants in a career is imperative to developing the processes to recruit them.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Applied Science


Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.