During the recent circus modelers showing in Baraboo, I participated in a conversation with some of the modelers whose day job is in the building trades. Let's say that these men were less than happy with the preparation of aspiring laborers, helpers, and apprentices to do simple tasks like reading a tape measure or scaling up a dimension. To make good use of a roofer's square, after all, requires a working knowledge of similar triangles.
One of them asked me if conditions were similar in higher education. I noted that the most commonly offered course in the mathematics department was often junior high or high school algebra.
Whether I've brought the Carpenters and Joiners on board with sending high schools the bill for doing their work, or expanded the set of employers who require an associate's degree where previously a high school diploma suffices remains to be seen.