POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:44am
Nacogdoches, TX — According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 65 percent of all new jobs in Texas by 2020 will require at least two years of post-secondary education and one or two industry certifications through technical schools, military, community college or industrial certifications.
The economic future of communities like Nacogdoches depends upon its ability to provide those trained workers in abundant numbers, agree County Judge Joe English and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Bill King.
“We need to dramatically extend the reach of our education programs, not only to workers but also to our local employers,” King said in a press release. “Our local employers constantly tell us that they have difficulty finding workers with basic skills like welding, electronics, hydraulics. The inability to find enough workers with the right skills is a constant obstacle to their ability to grow, or even maintain, their operations in East Texas.”
Read more from the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel here.