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Automation Workz Set to Change Students’ Career Ranking

Ida Byrd-Hill

Automation Workz is a career exploration workshop that exposes 9th – 12th graders and their parents to a fully functioning automated factory, the industrial internet and the new advanced manufacturing jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Families will complete hands-on invention, robotic, and technology activities powered by a mobile scavenger hunt app. The top three families to generate the most points will win cash prizes. Parents have an opportunity to being automation home with a prize drawing for an IROBOT Roomba.

While education, K-12th grade, is free to all, Thomas Jefferson’s education plan is still in place. In 1778, he created a plan to groom the elite to rule the government. The elite was not determined by income or wealth, but rather by educational competition. Every student received 1st through 4th grade education. Supervisors selected the best for 5th through 11th grade. One genius from each secondary school was selected to attend universities. These geniuses controlled the government and industry. Everyone else went to work for these geniuses.

Even today only the elite geniuses are matriculating and graduating from universities. Only 25 percent of Americans have a bachelor’s degree.

THE PROBLEM: Every good parent desires for their student to become a part of the top 25 percent and earn a salary of $100,000 annually. Only 19.9 percent of Americans ever cross the $100,000 income bracket. Unfortunately, when their student does not make the cut, parents do not have  a plan B or C for their student to generate income. Students by default have become unskilled labor competing with those who have more experience for the same unskilled labor jobs. Unemployment has spiraled out of control even though there are three million skilled labor jobs that are open. These jobs are open as parents feel their children are ‘too good’ for skilled labor jobs.

There are four career paths available for students:

Path A: Entrepreneurship

Path B: Degreed Professionals

Path C: Skilled Labor

Path D: Unskilled Labor

Which career path a student lands in, is highly dependent upon their competition in school. Today, the battleground is MATHEMATICS. The higher the mastery of mathematics,  the higher the career path choice. Mastery of mathematics illustrates a capacity for critical thinking. America’s economy is now a knowledge-based economy dependent upon critical thinkers, who invent, create and devise new services and products to sell. These critical thinkers continually increase the American standard of living.

To ensure our economic growth, states have implemented standardized exams, such as the ACT and MEAP (Michigan standardize exam for primary school), to determine student’s mastery of Mathematics. The highest achievable score is 36 for the ACT and Advanced Proficiency for the MEAP.  If your high school student has not achieved 22 on the ACT Mathematics section, they are deemed not college ready. If they have not achieved Proficiency on the MEAP, they are also deemed not college ready. Yes, many students with scores below these levels will enroll and attend college. Sadly,  60% of students drop out of college every year as they were not prepared for the intense competitive pace of college. These  college dropouts land in unskilled labor jobs out of desperation, but would be perfect for skilled labor jobs that earn upwards to $100,000.

Automation Workz will answer the question, “Which career path is appropriate for my student based on their mathematics score on the ACT or MEAP exams?” Parents can save themselves the headache of college debt and stress by encouraging their student to pursue advanced manufacturing skilled labor training during high school while it is FREE, in community  college or apprenticeships.


Ida Byrd-Hill is a futurist, urban economist and president of Uplift, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit seeking to spur inventing, technology immersion and entrepreneurship activities at home, in the community and at school with community events Automation Workz and Catalyst of the Invention Revolution. She has personally led the radical transformation of six urban public schools. Ida has 10 years as a nonprofit executive, five years in Human Resources focused in placing technical attorneys in the patent, environmental and FDA areas. Fifteen years as a financial professional where she managed 353 million in assets annually, 2200 individual clients and 10 corporate clients including the UAW/ Chrysler. She is pursuing an EMBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1989 from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Ida Byrd-Hill is the divorced mother of twins, Karen and Kevin Hill. Karen is attending at Western Michigan University. Kevin is attending Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY.

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