The conversation around the role in education for preparing students for the workforce has broadened over the years to include new, creative, and most importantly, effective options. Technical and trade education have demonstrated success when it comes to changing the trajectory of students from challenged communities for whom traditional college is not the right option. We learned about three very different approaches to technical and trade skills education. We heard from the president of a very unique college in Pennsylvania where employers compete to hire their graduates, got a glimpse into the encouraging results from a public high school program in Connecticut leading to both higher earnings and higher test scores, and saw how a foundation is supporting a skilled trades education through prizes and other innovative means. Our panelists are people committed to the success of the next generation—and meeting our workforce needs.