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December 17, 2007

Letter to the Editor: No liberal arts grads, please

(“Schools face conflict over student debt levels,” DJC Dec. 5) This is nothing more than the result of an aversion to real world economics education in the family home and primary school.

As demand grows for hard science and engineering graduates, fewer American student choose this path as it is difficult and not perceived as providing an opportunity to “change the world.” As an employer in the construction industry, we would take all the engineers we can get if available. However, I have no interest in hiring anyone with a history or liberal arts degree of any kind as more often than not, I find they lack a hard work ethic.

From what I have seen, many more young people would benefit from attending community college for two years while working and paying their own way through school. This would give them quicker access to the job market, and their income relative to their peers coming out of a four-year university with a liberal arts degree would be greater.

John Zapel

Westek, Ltd.

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