We'll address finite solutions to the remodeling workforce in the February issue of Remodeling. In the meantime, we asked some of our sources to think big. Here are a few of their suggestions:

David Yost, a CTE building construction teacher at Greenbrier East High School, Lewisburg, W.Va.:

"The greatest PR/advertising agency would be our nation's government. ... If our government and our education system are not behind CTE [career and technical education], youth will not be behind it either. Once our youth are convinced that the trades provide just as much opportunity, if not more, then they might begin to get interested. If our government and the education system play down CTE, which they do, we will not win the hearts and minds of the young people."

Brindley Byrd, executive director of the Capital Area Construction Council of Lansing, Mich.: