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Hinds Career Center provides the learning environment necessary for students in mastering those life-long skills essential for success in continuing education, the workforce, and the community through career preparation, emphasizing technical, communication, and team-working skills.

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What it takes to get a good manufacturing job now

The U.S. manufacturing sector, once a vast network of assembly lines churning out every imaginable product, has evolved into a specialized and highly efficient industry focused on goods that cant be built cheaper or better someplace else. There are good jobs in manufacturing the kind able to finance a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. But there are far fewer than there used to be, and many workers who might have been qualified to man an assembly line 25 years ago lack the skills manufacturers require today.
Arecent survey of manufacturing firms found theres a severe shortage of manufacturing skills in the United States. Only about 20% of manufacturing jobs now are unskilled positions any able-bodied worker can fill. The rest require vocational training, an associates degree or certifications that can take years to acquire. Accenture and other analysts say theres a particular shortage of welders, electricians, machinists, press operators and metalworkers, which means people in those fields enjoy something unusual in todays economy: strong job security and the ability to command decent pay.
The shortage of skilled manufacturing workers is partly due to the sharp decline in U.S. manufacturing during the past 15 years. That led many high schools to axe career-technical education programs, while teenagers and their parents began to see college as the only likely pathway to a middle-class lifestyle. But manufacturing has begun to bounce back since total employment bottomed out in 2010. You dont need to go to college to make a lot of money, says Vicki Holt, CEO of Proto Labs, which specializes in the rapid production of parts for other manufacturers prototypes. You can go to a two-year school and be making $80,000 by the time youre 21.

Success in the New Economy
Citrus College supported the production of Success in the New Economy to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrows labor market realities. The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education. This balanced approach to life and learning results in a well-educated and employed workforce.
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