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Quality students draw employers

March 13, 2013
Estherville Daily News

There was a reason there were a lot of prospective employers at the Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville campus Wednesday.

Quality students.

Employers are going to go where the employees are, and they were at Iowa Lakes looking for people with a variety of skills - from machinists to CNAs and from administrators to engineers.

At the wind energy and turbine technology building, employers both national and international were talking to students in a program that has made a name for itself far beyond Estherville.

The one thing some employers did note was a training gap between the employees they needed and the skills a lot of candidates brought to the table.

It used to be that just about every boy in high school took shop - a program that seems to have gone away in a lot of districts. But today's employers are looking for candidates with skills in computer-assisted welding and other high-tech areas.

Hopefully, our area high schools will be able to continue to monitor this situation and gear coursework to the needs of our local business and industry.

And, even more hopefully, a day will come again when schools will have the freedom to train their students in the skills needed for work - rather than for standardized testing geared toward pigeonholing an entire population.

Once those unfunded mandates go away, schools will be free to do what they do best - teach.

Thankfully, though, most employers are willing to train people with good work and people skills - and we have those in ample supply - thanks to good, solid values and pride in doing a day's work for a day's pay.



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