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He does the jobs -- the dirty jobs -- that leave many people queasy or recoiling with distaste, but to Mike Rowe, this kind of work not only provides added fodder for his hit TV series on the Discovery Channel -- Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe -- but calls into question: why are grimy, greasy skilled trade jobs becoming some of America's most financially rewarding high-tech positions?

mikeroweKC-0748 2You'll gain fascinating insight when Mike, a television apprentice who has worked over 2300 dirty jobs throughout the country, brings his engaging and humorous personality to the Festival Expo on April 26-27 where he will deliver a keynote address, in addition to hosting a panel discussion on skilled trades and how to train for such high-paying jobs through alternative education and STEM.

He will also host the first-ever mikeroweWORKS Pavilion at the Festival, aimed at inspiring students interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship!

Mike is part of our exciting lineup of celebrity performers set for the Festival Expo in Washington, DC, which also includes: Bill Nye the Science Guy; organic chemist Donna Nelson, science advisor to AMC's hit TV series, "Breaking Bad"; physicist David Salzberg, science consultant for CBS TV's "The Big Bang Theory"; and professional tinkerer Chris Hackett, who hosted the Science Channel's popular DIY show, "Stuck With Hackett".

As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated series, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Mike profiles the unsung American laborer (ranging from road kill collector to catfish noodle) who make a living in the most unthinkable -- yet vital -- ways. Building upon the popularity of the show, in 2008 he launched the initiative mikeroweWORKS as a Trade Resource Center for people seeking employment opportunities in the skilled trades. The effort quickly turned into a grassroots PR Campaign for hard work and skilled labor, and a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Most recently, mikeroweWORKS teamed up with Caterpillar to launch -- a direct challenge to the marketing campaigns that currently promote four-year degrees at the expense of alternative education..

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