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Our View: MCC programs offer help in meeting trade job demand

January 12, 2019

The expansion and success of the welding program at Mohave Community College provides some optimism that skilled trades will be able to meet future demands.

In a technological age, economic growth still relies heavily on the work of electricians, carpenters, welders, and other skilled workers who build and repair the things many take for granted.

There are legitimate concerns that too many skilled trades jobs will go unfilled as baby boomers retire. Overall, there are fewer potential employees available to fill future jobs and, naturally, many younger workers find tech and similar jobs appealing.

Without skilled trades workers, buildings go unbuilt, cities go unwired and nothing happens when the air conditioning switch is turned on.

MCC offers the welding program in Lake Havasu City and other campuses.

It recently expanded its workstations to meet growing demand. The appeal? Welding and other skilled jobs pay very well and don’t require years of college-level academic training.

For someone in their late teens or early 20s, programs such as welding offer a chance to quickly jump start a career, putting money in the bank while peers face years of university and even post-graduate education.

MCC recognizes the need and offers a number of certificate programs that can put a person into the workforce relatively quickly. The programs range from automotive to heating and cooling to truck driving.

These certificate programs signify to employers that someone taking the coursework is able to hit the ground running in a new job. After years of pushing bachelor’s degrees, this country is seeing a lot of vacancies in the trades. Demand is high and pay goes along with it.

MCC is among those seeking to put a dent in the demand and the college deserves recognition for matching its product with the needs of the economy.

— Today’s News-Herald

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