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"Vo-tech" jobs seeing more growth in Siouxland

Student welding as part of vocational training class at WITCC. Student welding as part of vocational training class at WITCC.

It can be hard to get a job these days, even with a college degree.  So, vocational training for a specific job with a specific skill set is becoming more popular.  Students at WITCC say technical training is helping to secure new career paths.

"Three year's before this, I was a manager at Papa Johns," James White said.

23-year-old James White is a student at WITCC, he's learning how to weld professionally.

"Every time I've looked in the paper under classified for help wanted, I always see at least one welding job in there, so it's always in high demand," White said.

Some may think welding is a non-technical trade, but White says he had to get trained to even apply for job openings.

"Without this program, you wouldn't be able to just jump right in and do it," White said.

White has already found a job, and he still has a couple weeks of training left.  A project manager at WITCC's Corporate College says there are many students like White, because demand for tech grads is huge in Siouxland.

"What we're really seeing in the region right now is with our businesses expanding, they have a huge need for vo-tech skills, we're seeing need for welders, for industrial maintenance technicians, so what the college is trying to do is put programs together in order to train those workers so they are prepared to go out into the workforce," Dar Raye Hunwardsen with WITCC said.

She also says, many people with advanced degrees are coming back to learn new vocational tech skills.

"Those right now are the positions that are open, and they are very well paid positions, so that's what the companies are looking for," Dar Raye Hunwardsen with WITCC said.

White says, learning to weld has been a great experience.  He's looking forward to graduating.

"I know it's a pretty good career and I'm pretty optimistic about it too," White said.

White says after he's settled into his new job as a welder, he hopes to move up and become a shop manager.

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