New Day in Tech Ed: Featuring Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe will be coming to South Dakota September 20th to help raise awareness for technical education and its role in addressing a skilled labor shortage in South Dakota.
8:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.
Short Address from Mike Rowe
Open to the Public
25965 482nd Ave, Brandon, SD
10:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Special Comments and Private Tour at Lake Area Tech
1201 Arrow Ave NE, Watertown, SD
2:00 P.M. - 2:40 P.M.
Private Tour of Career & Technical Education Academy
4700 W Career Circle, Sioux Falls, SD
3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Special Comments and Private Tour at Southeast Tech
2001 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD
About Mike Rowe
From the Baltimore Opera to QVC shopping channel, Executive Producer and TV Host Mike Rowe has had hundreds of jobs and relished his role as a chronic freelancer. He’s best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, where he traversed all 50 states; completed 300 different jobs; and transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, and how stuff works. As a public speaker, Fortune 500 companies routinely hire him to frighten employees with stories of maggot farmers and sheep castrators. He has also forged a handful of partnerships with iconic brands and filmed a boatload of Ford commercials.
Most recently, you can find Mike on Facebook’s groundbreaking series Returning the Favor, where he searches for remarkable people making a difference in their communities and helps give back to those who pay it forward with humor, heart, and surprise. In addition, Mike launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. In the podcast, Mike gives a different take on people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history.
Mike also runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. As the CEO of the Foundation, Mike speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work and challenges the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. To achieve its mission, the Foundation gives away a modest pile of free money to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand through a variety of scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program. The 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program launched with the support of This Old House’s Generation Next campaign with the goal to encourage young people to master the vocational trades that built this country. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted, or helped facilitate the granting of, more than $5 million in technical and vocational education for trade schools across the country.
In his spare time, Mike keeps a lively conversation with more than 5 million Facebook friends, where he talks about everything from the musings of his persnickety terrier named Freddy to the merits and pitfalls of blind patriotism.