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While I understand many folks are struggling to make ends meet, on the other hand there are good, if not great, paying jobs out there that simply cannot be filled because of lack of training and preparation for these jobs.

For instance, one of our best transmission technicians started his own business (not as a trans tech but a clean-up/haul off company). He is an extremely hard worker, and his pay checks reflected such making in the six figures last year as a Transmission Technician. However, replacing him is not easy – there are simply not people trained in this field. As a matter of fact, for every seven trained auto technicians retiring only one is coming on board, much less accounting for the natural attrition.

So, first if you know someone, please send them our way. We can always use trained technicians and our answer has been to grow our own, like the young man mentioned above – but that takes time. Secondly, please when you have a chance to influence the education system please make it clear that we NEED more vocational education. Now let me be clear. The young people that are trained today are not yester years "grease monkeys". Their favorite tool in their toolbox is a computer and other highly sophisticated diagnostic tools – I look at them almost like a physician (however they do not have the motor running when they operate-little joke) they diagnose, do testing and then perform repair and offer advice for preventative maintenance.

As you remember last year Mt. Hood cut many of these types of classes. Now in all fairness to them, our funding system in Oregon does not seem to value the Junior College System, favoring K-12 and the public four-year credential institutions. While all are important, we need our young people trained to do livable wage jobs.

The reason why we do not have more of these classes, most often is we cannot find instructors. Now if that does not scream to the problem, nothing more that I write can. Please help us help our community and demand more classes that actually train a person to perform a task that is in demand and will be well paid.


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