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Opportunities open up in manufacturing

February 2, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

We appreciate the proactive approach of Linsey Warmka, director of Faribault County Development Corporation, and Connie Hines, site manage of the Fairmont WorkForce Center. The duo has been working together to bring a welding course to the area to meet a rising demand among manufacturers. The class will be held in a mobile classroom, beginning Feb. 13, at Blue Earth Area High School.

Manufacturing in the United States is enjoying something of a resurgence. But there has been a disconnect between the skills of the workforce and the jobs available. That hurts the economy and job-seekers. And that's where re-training comes in. It is said that people in today's labor force can expect to change careers several times. Some may look at that as an hassle, but everyone should view it as an opportunity. Especially when there are efforts in the works such as the welding class.

We note that Hines points out there also is a rising need for maintenance mechanics, boiler operators and truck drivers, in addition to the demand for welders. We hope people looking for a job - or a better job - take note. Parents and high schools also need to let young people know about these opportunities.



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