A few weeks ago, I was hired to photograph the BOB: Business of Boating Convention here in Foxboro. When I wasn't adjusting for lighting I was listening. What I heard was that the boating industry needs employees, especially those with skills from a trade. As I listened, I instantly began imagining the possibilities. Unless these learners are exposed to these possible careers in a vocational school or are enrolled in one of the few liscenced programs this industry will suffer. These are jobs that require a certain type of learner. Why are we not encouraging these skills by offering opportunities to use tools and observe jobs that might provide an alternative to college? Innovative scenarios offer more choices to consider. By teaching fundamental life skills and providing real life examples we can provide possibilities to promote potential alternatives for those that enjoy tinkering. Exploring trades with young learners creates openminded thinking and purposeful learning that they can transfer into a career.