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Skilled Workers in High Demand

Herb Swender,  President, Frank Phillips College Herb Swender, President, Frank Phillips College
Anette Carlisle, Amarillo School Board Vice President Anette Carlisle, Amarillo School Board Vice President

Panhandle employers are having a hard time finding qualified skilled workers.

The rigor of four years of high school English, Math, Science, and Social Studies is why some educators say students are not getting the training needed for technical careers.

Educators tell me they are planning to make more vocational opportunities available to local students. Earning a six figured salary does not require a degree for some high demand technical jobs in the Panhandle.

President of Frank Phillips College Herb Swender says, "I know at Frank Phillips College we're seeing people coming in their school set, stop out and go to work."

To help prevent students going to college and dropping out Swender says, "It's not about a baccalaureate for them, it's about gainful employment.

He says high schools need to make adjustments to their required curriculum.  "So the discussion about the four by four curriculum is something that needs to be revisited."

Amarillo School Board Vice President Anette Carlisle agrees the curriculum is difficult.

"I'm afraid it will scare some of these kids out of school, but if we can be flexible and count some of the career and technology courses in those that would be good."

Panhandle employees in high demand include wind energy technicians, oil drillers, manufacturers, welders and electricians.

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