America Employed News Release

  • “Caution: College May Not Be For Everyone"

    April 02, 2014

    "Caution: College May Not Be For Everyone" 

    New White Paper Questions the Conventional Wisdom of Going to College

    Express Employment Professionals Says It's Time to Stop Overlooking Career Technical Education

    Well-Paying In-Demand Jobs Await CTE Students

    OKLAHOMA CITY, April 2, 2014 - Express Employment Professionals, the nation's largest privately held staffing firm, today released a new white paper exploring the benefits of Career Technical Education (CTE) and challenging the conventional wisdom that a four-year college is the best post-secondary education option in today's economy.

    Entitled " Caution: College May Not Be For Everyone ," this white paper takes an in-depth look at CTE, formerly known as vocational education, and its comparative benefits over a traditional bachelor's degree. Express believes CTE does not get the attention it deserves in America, and parents, students, and guidance counselors are often unaware of four basic facts:

    1. CTE-trained workers are in demand.
    2. CTE can lead to high-paying jobs.
    3. CTE is affordable.
    4. CTE keeps America competitive.

    The white paper explores each of these topics, offering real-world examples, eye-opening statistics, and recommendations for parents and students, schools and policymakers.

    "A stable career doesn't always require a four-year degree. Career Technical Education can deliver what so many Americans want - a promising career at an affordable price," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "I see who's getting hired in the modern economy, and it's clear career tech can lead to not only a job, but also a successful career. It baffles me that more people aren't seizing the opportunity.

    "America has to wake up: as a country we are falling behind the rest of the world in CTE. That has serious implications for our economic health and competitiveness. This is a conversation we must have, and it can't wait any longer."


    If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sherry Kast at (405) 717-5966.

    About Robert A. Funk
    Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has 700 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

    About Express Employment Professionals
    Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in temporary sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, and ranks as the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.